9 Tips for Minimizing Dog Messes

Someday I’ll Learn worked with the NexGard® (afoxolaner) team to create the following post for ItsADog.com.

Our last post about Kraken elicited a few emails. “Where on earth is Bjorne?”

Calm down, Bjorne’s still around! We previously shared that Bjorne had some behavioral and health problems right off the bat, and some of that has continued. Long story short, he gets out as much as he can but he’s not really up for tagging along on photo shoots the way Kraken does. He’s more of a house dog, really.


And by simple virtue of the fact that I work from home, he’s become my dog. Which means that his messes are my messes. And he’s a big dog, so he makes big messes!

I don’t blame Bjorne, though. The thing is, whether you adopt an old dog from the local shelter or a new puppy from the neighbor’s litter, you’re adding to your household. There’s simply no way to know exactly what’s happening in their body and brain to anticipate how he or she will respond to the varying sights, smells, sounds and…well…tastes of their new environment. It’s smart to hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.

Minimizing Dog Messes


Potty train like crazy

If your dog isn’t housebroken when you bring him home, make that priority number one. This will help to avoid the, ahem, smelliest messes. So set yourself reminders, put up Post-It notes, whatever helps you remember to take your pup out to potty as often as necessary until he learns to let you know when he’s got to go.


Teach appropriate chewing

Young puppies cut teeth, and older dogs often chew things around them in order to relieve stress. Provide your dog with plenty of toys, and supervise him closely as he adjusts to his new surroundings so you can direct his attention away from stuff he shouldn’t be gnawing on. Be sure to give him lots of love and take him for walks to stave off boredom!


Clear clutter

Keep toys, shoes and other personal items off the floor and out of reach. It’s a good idea to keep toys in an open-topped container that your dog can access freely so he’s not tempted to nibble on your stuff.


Keep his eating area spacious

Dogs tend to chuck food bits around when they eat. Give him a wide berth. Even better, give him a large bowl that’s at his level, so he doesn’t have to strain to get at it and potentially knock it over.


Give him a designated sleeping area

Keep your dog’s bed or crate in the same place to give him comfort and a sense of belonging, which tends to keep his messes in one place too.

Groom your dog

Wash and trim your dog’s fur and brush him to help cut down on shedding. Clip his nails to avoid damaging hardwoods or snagging fabric.


Buy a good vacuum

We use a cordless vacuum to quickly clean up loose fur and debris that Bjorne inevitably tracks around the house.


Don’t let your dog eat grass

No matter how eager they seem to get those greens in their belly. Just don’t.

Routinely wash your dog’s bedding

Buy a dog bed that comes with a cover and if you can, invest in a couple extra covers. Then you can quickly vacuum and launder it to get rid of that dog smell.

Dogs are messy. There’s no way around it, except to prepare. So I’m working with the NexGard® (afoxolaner) team who recently launched a fun, easy online pet gift registry to simplify the process of finding products that meet your furry friend’s needs.

Do you have any special tips for minimizing dog messes?

The maker of NexGard worked with bloggers like me for its It’s A Dog! program. This blog has been written by me on behalf of the NexGard team. Merial is now part of Boehringer Ingelheim. I received compensation for my time.