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Preparing Home for Drop-By Visits

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For many people whose lives center around their pets, nothing inspires fear like the words, “We thought we would drop by for a visit. See you in an hour!”

It's about much more than just valuing our privacy or being classic "introverts" who prefer our own space... It's also about not wanting to see our pets stressed out. It's also worrying if you got that last bit of hair cleaned up from the couch or worrying if your home smells like wet dog.

But rest easy - having animals shouldn't mean we have to worry about these things. We can, and should, set a precedent for keeping our pets calm and our homes clean and odor-free. Nowadays, there are plenty of tools and shortcuts available for us to do this without giving up our precious time.

Training Your Pets

Chances are good you may not have pets who are accustomed to a lot of activity. If your friends are bringing kids over, you want to make sure your pets are under control. This may include child safety gates to keep pets out of reach, or just putting them out back for an hour. The important thing is that you keep all members of your home (human and animal) safe during visits. (See the end of this article for a handy chart you can post to let child visitors know about the rules). Always make sure your pets can easily escape unwanted attention by crate training them or offering them an area (like an amazing cat enclosure) to help them escape.

For those who are concerned about the appearance of their home, we have a few suggestions to make clean up quick and simple.

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10 Tips for Gardening with Pets

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Nothing says Spring like a freshly planted garden. It’s an activity that can also be done with your pets and is a great way to bond while creating a special sanctuary that will feed your family.

There are many ways to include your pet in your gardening and even find motivation in gardening with unique plants that serve a purpose (like Plants that Naturally Repel Fleas and Ticks)!

Here is a list of gardening tips that will help you make the garden a truly special place for you and your entire family. We’ve made it easy for you to select the best plants for your garden and also some safety tips when you're out in the garden with your four-legged friends.

1. Be careful what you plant

Many plants are naturally effective for pest control, and many can even serve a purpose other than eating or looking beautiful or filling the air with the scent of spring. For example, there are plants that can naturally attract wildlife or helpful insects while still naturally repelling Neighborhood Cats and Fighting Mosquitoes Naturally.

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5 Ways to Save Your Lawn from Pet Urine

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If you have pets, and sometimes even if you don’t have pets, you may find that your backyard smells more and more like a dog kennel or litter box than a freshly cut lawn or a garden of beautiful roses.

It doesn’t have to be that way... There are many ways to take care of your yard without hurting the lawn and without impacting your pets health.

Pet urine can overpower even the healthiest lawn. There are many theories on why dog urine (and cat urine) effect common lawn grasses, and why some types of lawns don't seem to have much of a problem resisting urine (fescue, perennial ryegrass are two examples). But, if you're seeing brown spots on your lawn, we have solutions for you.

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Cleaning Tips for Shedding (and Dust) Season

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Loving your pets is easy, but cleaning up after them can sometimes be a testament to our faith - especially during shedding season. Pet hair is one of the hardest things to clean, and it can be trapped for years when it gets on your furniture and in your carpet.

As a resident of Arizona, home of the infamous haboob (giant dust storm), we also have to have a vacuum that can remove dust from… well, from everything. The expandable dust cup is the largest one you can find in a portable vacuum. (By the way, due to the amount of dust we inhale, we use affiliate links in our articles. This helps us pay the cleaning bills and keep the animals fed - despite our allergies).

Luckily, we have a few solutions for cleaning up pet hair (and dust - although the dust is an ongoing thing, so please don't judge).

We think you'll love these!

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Fencing Solutions to Keep Dogs Contained

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If you have a dog, you know how difficult it can be to keep them on your property. Sometimes dogs just want to escape the confines of their yard, but it's our responsibility as guardians to ensure our pets are within our control at all times - even those times we're not physically with them. Fences make for good neighbors, and they make much safer environments for pets. Here are five ways you can fence your yard and the costs, the benefits and the dangers of each.

The type of fencing you ultimately select should be based on your geographical region, your HOA guidelines (if you have them), and the type of dog(s) you are containing. You'll also need to consider your weather. If you're in an area with lots of weather, you'll want to consider installing a more durable type of fencing. If you live in an area with snow, the snow can pile up near the gates and provide a near perfect way for your pets to escape. But, if you have a dog that is regularly escaping from your yard, consider reading this article or implementing some of these practical tips below:

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