Terriers love to play in the mud. With precipitation all year long in the South Bend area, chances are fairly good that your terrier’s dog house gets muddy, especially if your dog stays outside. South Bend animal control officers can stop by your home anytime to make sure that your dogs have suitable housing. The last thing you want the officers to see is a nasty dog house. Fortunately, keeping your dog’s house clean doesn’t have to be expensive, difficult to time consuming.
Bypass Harsh Cleaners
If the first thing you grab when you are ready to clean a dog house is bleach and other harsh chemicals, stop. Not only can these affect your dog’s skin if they come into contact with it, they are also harmful to the environment if they get into the soil. All you need to clean the dog’s house is white vinegar, baking soda and water.
Benefits of White Vinegar
If your dog has urinated in the dog house, he or she has released pheromones that will signal him or her to continue to urinate in that spot. Vinegar removes the pheromones from the dog house. It can also remove the ‘doggy’ smell and it helps to disinfect the dog house.
Benefits of Baking Soda
Baking soda helps to scrub dirt and grime off the dog house. It also helps to buff light scratches and scuffs out of the surface of the dog house. Baking soda has mild antibacterial properties that can help to keep your dog safe.
Tips for Cleaning
- Take the dog house apart before you clean it to make it easier to reach all the corners and creases.
- Clean the dog house using a baking soda paste to remove any grime on it. Once you do that, you should rinse the dog house out with plain water.
- Applying vinegar to the dog house is the last step of cleaning the dog house. You can't rinse the vinegar off. Instead, you must let it dry naturally.
- Make sure the dog house is dry before letting your dog back into it.