Keeping up with a new puppy, or an old time friend can be a lot of work, encourage your pet sitters to use these helpful tips I’ve learned along the way.

Keeping up with a new puppy, or an old time friend can be a lot of work, encourage your pet sitters to use these helpful tips I’ve learned along the way.

Pet Sitters Agree: They are sure to make your life easier in the pet cleaning and prevention department!

Food and water messes: Pet sitters should Place mats under animal food dishes and water bowls to keep food spills and water drips easier to clean.

Animals bedding: Use washable slipcovers over the furniture pets prefer. Pet sitter should make sure to wash in hot water to kill allergens and other bacteria.

Humans bedding: If you allow pets on beds, bedding must be washed at the same high temperature at least every two weeks. Always wash sheets and slipcovers separately to keep hair from migrating to other fabrics.

Bathroom accidents do happen: To clean urine stains, the pet sitters should blot thoroughly to remove as much moisture as possible then rinse the affected area with a mild solution of dish washing liquid and water; dry thoroughly. Next, sprinkle baking soda over the area; let sit to absorb any remaining moisture, then vacuum.

Cleaning up a accidental upset tummy messes: Vomit is a combination stain that requires a two-step approach: First have the pet sitters scrape as much of the solid bits with the back of a knife into a plastic dustpan. Then blot and treat the remaining stain with an enzymatic product to remove the odor.

Sprucing up pets bedding: Deodorize pet bedding with baking soda. Sprinkle heavily, wait 15 minutes then vacuum.

Animal hair: One of the most persistent issues pet owners face is animal hair — on floors, furniture, and clothing. Encourage your pet sitters to place an old towel or sheet wherever your puppy likes to rest, and periodically shake it outside to remove most of the hair before tossing it in the washing machine. Grooming your pup regularly will help diminish the problem of unruly hair.

To remove dog hair on carpeting, vacuum several times a week using full suction. Pick a vacuum with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. On wood and other hard floors, use an electrostatic mop; they’re more efficient than vacuums since they don’t blow the hair around.

Pet hair on clothing and upholstery can be a nascence. For clothing, your best bet is to use a tape roller. Loop a ribbon through the handle and hang one from the doorknob inside closets throughout the house so they’re always available to use. For furniture, advise your pet sitter to use the vacuum’s upholstery tool or a hand vacuum with a motorized beater-bar attachment. Lint brushes designed for clothing and dry sponges (sold at pet-supply stores) also work well. When removing pet hair from draperies, carpets and upholstery, don’t automatically reach for the vacuum. Use a rubber latex glove, wet or dry, to do the job because hair will cling to it.

Regular grooming sessions for your pampered pets will help keep all their hair out of yours.

Keeping your animals paws clean: Have your pet sitters keep a towel and a shallow container filled one-third of the way with room-temperature water by your door prior to walking out the door. Once the walk is over, dip each of your dog’s paws into the water. Dry them off and let your dog go about its business. This practice is especially useful during the winter months when sidewalks and driveways are often covered with ice-melting agents.

Protecting Surfaces from Puppy Scratches: For starters, have your dog’s nails trimmed regularly. Dogs often scratch doors to let you know they want to go outside or into another room, so cover the area with a Plexiglas sheet as wide as the door and as tall as the space from floor to doorknob. Then, provide an alternate way for your dog to signal you, such as a jingle bell hung from the doorknob. Show him how to nudge the bell, and open the door quickly when he rings it; do not respond to scratching. After the new behavior has set in, remove the Plexiglas.

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