It’s hard to complain about anything regarding your dog, considering all of the unconditional love it provides. That being said, most dog owners can agree that dealing with dog hair is one not-so-awesome aspect about owning a dog.
Somehow, dog hair manages to get practically everywhere, particularly when it comes to your living room. The good news is that you don’t need to put up with a lifetime of extra fur-covered carpets, floorboards, and couches.
If you’re ready to finally nip this hairy problem in the bud, here are our top tips for keeping your living room dog hair-free.
1. Get to the bottom of their behavior.
We need to be straight up: You won’t ever be able to completely banish dog hair from your living room. The reason being that it’s natural and healthy for dogs to shed their hair; shedding is a way for them to get rid of old or damaged hair.
That being said, you can certainly keep it under control! One of the most effective ways to do so is to get to the bottom of your dog’s behavior. After all, if you know where your dog is spending most of their time and how they’re spending it, you’ll be able to address this problem strategically.
For example, if one specific spot in your living room inexplicably has more dog hair than everywhere else, determining why this is the case will help you to figure out the best course of action to take.
Fortunately, you don’t need to keep tabs on your dog 24/7 to work out patterns of behavior. All you need to do is set up a pet camera! By recording what your pooch is doing—especially when you’re not around—you’ll get the answers you’re after. Who knows, you may discover a few more interesting nuggets of information, such as who keeps ‘sampling’ your leftovers!
2. Start using a pet-friendly sofa cover.
Are you fed up with your sofa being covered in dog hair? Most of us simply put up with it, because we wouldn’t trade snuggling up with our pooch on the sofa for anything.
So what would you say if we told you that there’s a way to keep those snuggle sessions going and dramatically reduce the amount of dog hair on your sofa?
It’s possible to make your sofa pet-proof by using a pet-friendly sofa cover.
These innovative sofa covers are made with the needs of pet owners like yourself in mind. They’re super easy to clean and maintain. If you detect any dog hairs on it, a quick clean-up with a lint roller will get it looking pristine again.
Should your couch be absolutely covered with dog hair, you can even throw them in the wash!
3. Have the right items on hand to remove dog hair.
If you’re going into a battle with your dog’s hair, you’ll need the right weapons to triumph. The upside to dog hair being such a widespread problem with dog owners is that there are a ton of items at your disposal to help you out. The downside is that it can be difficult to know which ones are actually worth purchasing. After all, spending $20 here and $10 there can quickly add up!
There are two items we particularly recommend dog owners have in their arsenal. First up: a trusty pet hair remover. As you’ll see, there’s a wide variety of pet hair removers on the market, from rolling brushes, to brooms, to vacuums. We advise reading up on each of these different options, and choosing the one that best addresses your concerns.
For example, if you want to remove any dog hair that gets on your clothes after a visit to your living room, opt for a rolling brush. Whereas, if you want to remove dog hair from all of the nooks and crannies in your living room, a handheld vacuum may be your best bet.
The second item we recommend getting is a powerful pet carpet cleaner. Why? Because it can help remove any dog hair that has become matted in your carpet.
Before you say “My carpet doesn’t have this problem!” take a closer look at it. Chances are that there are a few spots that have clumps of dog hair that have built up over time.
Even if your carpet really doesn’t have this problem, a pet carpet cleaner can help to freshen it up (especially considering that dog hair can make your living room smell!).