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Pets can be a whole lot of trouble, especially an inside pet. If you have decided to bring a dog or cat into the house and allow them to be a part of the family, then you will usually have to do a lot of cleaning up after them. Here are some ways you can keep the mess under control and get a grip on family life while a new pet is involved.
Create a Pet Space
The pet needs to have his own space to play in, sleep, eat and do his business. You want to put all of that in the same place because that limits where he needs to go. This allows you to lock him up in one place for the night and not have to wake up to a huge mess in the house. You want to pick a room that does not have a bunch of fragile items in it and that can’t be turned into a big mess. Puppies may do okay in the pantry, but you don’t want to leave a big dog by your food. The laundry room, mud room or entry room are all great places to keep your dog, if you have those spaces in your house.
Stay with the Pet at First
Your pet will need to learn the ropes and find out what is acceptable and what is not. A big part of this is just watching how you react to what he does. If you stay close to your pet for the first few days of being in the house, he will quickly learn what is acceptable and what is not. That doesn’t mean he will not make any more mess, but he will definitely learn what he gets punished for. You need to be consistent with the punishment and make sure that your pet clearly understands what he is being punished for. What helps is to bring the mess right to his nose so that he has see and smell it. Punish your pet at that point to associate the sight and smell of that object with pain and disappointment.
Spread the Duty out
You don’t have to do everything yourself. Your pet will need training, discipline, oversight and love, and you should not try to carry the whole load on your own. You will want to involve other family members and perhaps even get some help with daily chores or with cleaning up after the pet. Some people, says Winston of Cleaning Companies Los Angeles, “will hire a cleaning service to help lighten their load for the first few days or to deal with some of the bigger messes that their pet leaves”. Not every pet will create a disaster area every time they enter a room, but you definitely have some that need some extra work. You should be ready to get help from other family members and even call in cleaning services as needed to help with the responsibility of taking care of the pet and keeping your house clean.