I have two dogs. They have not been living with me for the past 6 months. they have been staying where we used to live with some other people while I lived somewhere else. I have a baby and it has been very easy to keep the hose clean without the dogs. Very soon I am moving to a new place and will have the dogs come live with me again. I am remembering how much of a mess they made all the time in my old house! ugh! Just by being dogs- there was fur everywhere, mud and dirt tracked in all the time, smelly dog beds, etcetera. I am really not looking forward to this aspect of it and am trying to figure out ways to have the dogs while still keeping a clean house and a clean floor for the baby to crawl on.
some ideas I have are to gate off certain areas of the house to not allow the dogs into. I like the idea of bathing and brushing them regularly to keep them cleaner, as well as wiping their paws off each time I let them in. But I am not sure I will take the time to do that. they are already not allowed on the furniture but they sometimes jump on it anyway.
any ideas for keeping a really clean house and having dogs? Is it possible to do? I would love to hear from anyone who has dogs (they are labs) that shed and run around outside who also have very clean houses. thanks!