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    25 Things That’ll Keep Your House Clean, Even If You Have A Really Active Dog

    When your dog is a mess and you want to clean up less, here are some easy tools to make it happen.

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    1. A waterproof and pee-proof blanket for the dog who lays anywhere and goes anywhere. This extra long blanket can fit over your couch or bed, so no matter where you lay, the blanket will have the messes your dog makes covered.

    Reviewer's blanket with pee sitting on it, not staining it

    Promising review: "I have this on my Chihuahua pup has had a few accidents on it and I have just blotted them up, then wiped the surface with a disinfecting wipe. Worked perfectly!" —Sandra T.

    Price:$26.99+ (available in three sizes and two colors)

    2. A paw washer/cleaner to keep the muddy paws off floors and carpets. The gentle silicone bristles remove the dirt from your dog's paws and keep it all in the container.

    Promising review: "I was hesitant to buy this since we have two large dogs (labradoodle and a Spinone) and I was unsure if it would truly remove all the mud from their paws. The Spinone enjoys running through every mud pit he can find, so needless to say, his feet get dirty (the doodle stays away from all the dirt LOL)!!! Today was the first chance I had to try this out and OH MY GOODNESS!!! It is super easy to use and it definitely gets all the dirt and mud off his feet." — Tonya R. Southers

    Price: $11+ (available in three sizes and multiple colors)

    3. A set of paw protectors that will keep your dog's feet clean when they come back in the house. These Velcro-strapped booties have an anti-slip sole, as well.

    Promising review: "I loved these so much for my pup that I bought them for a friend's pup too. Her dog has sensitive paws and they get hot and chapped from walking. She also chronically licks her paws raw. These booties have been a lifesaver already for her, keeping her paws healthy and deterring her from licking them raw!! 10 out of 10 would definitely recommend." — Austin E.

    Price: $23.99 (available in eight sizes)

    4. A rolling dog hair remover to pick up hair on the surfaces where your vacuum can't go. Easily dispose of the fur with this simple-to-use tool that collects as you roll anywhere your dog sits or lays.

    Reviewer's picture of the rolling tool with lots of fur inside it

    Promising review: "I just vacuumed my couch yesterday. Like, I spent at least an hour trying to get all of the dog hair off. I received this yesterday (after I had finished vacuuming of course). All of the hair pictured came out of my couch AFTER I vacuumed it!" — Kimberlee Aguras

    Price: $24.95

    5. A sturdy, stylish, adjustable, bamboo gate when it's time for your dog to stay in one place. This gate is easy to install anywhere there are openings of 28 to 42 inches, for the times you need to put some space between you and your pup.

    Reviewer's dog resting their head on the gate

    Promising review: "It appears to be very sturdy. Our golden retriever jumps on it, people have tripped over it, kicked it, knocked it over while stumbling into it in the dark, etc. Nothing seems to break this thing." — pvjb

    Price: $30.99

    6. A doggie toy that works day and night. This glow-in-the-dark ball will have your pup thinking nighttime is playtime and when the lights go out, the good times can still roll.

    Reviewer's picture of the ball glowing green in the dark

    Promising review: "There is a hole in it which helps with breathing and the glow-in-the-dark feature is a bonus for finding the ball in the evening if it gets lost, or a nighttime game of fetch." — J. Wilder


    7. An adjustable dog treat puzzle when it's time to eat *and* time to play. Part toy, part slow feeder, this ball will keep your dog distracted and fed.

    Reviewer's dog next to the puzzle

    Promising review: "My border collie’s level of intelligence is a part time job for me. This puzzle took him a good hour and a half to figure out the first time and every time after that, he sits with this for about an hour. He’s really calm (which he’s normally not) and concentrated with it, methodically moving pieces." — Courtney Oldham

    Price: $14.99

    8. A ultimate chew toy for the dogs who want to sink their teeth into everything. There's chew toys, and there's this indestructible football-shaped chew ball with a squeaker your pup will have to earn.

    Reviewer's dog chewing on the toy

    Promising review: "This is the first toy my puppy (5 months old) has not chewed up. She is not able to make it squeak yet. I can toss it around in the yard and it does have a little bounce to it." — Laura Strother

    Price: $12.99

    9. A slow-burning candle when you don't want to eliminate that wet dog smell, you want the house to smell fresh. Choose from a variety of fragrances to spread in any rooms where your dog's smell lingers.

    The candle next to a dog

    Promising review: "Seems to help greatly with dog smell in the living room. Even smells when it’s not lit. Have burned for several hours and it’s burning nicely, not too fast." — Karen M. Payton

    Price: $21.95

    10. A black light to help you find where exactly the smells are coming from. This small LED flashlight is less than four inches long and can be carried with you to find stains in your car or wherever else your dog may wander.

    The led light being used to show a urine stain

    Promising review: "I have a dog and a toddler. The two of them make quite the messy pair. My husband and I diligently clean every time there is a mess. But after using this, it's obvious where we still need to clean." — Chewshiebacca

    Price: $8.99

    11. A fur-remover that will get up all the hair your dog leaves behind. Whenever your dog sits, and fur lingers, this small tool works as hard as a vacuum cleaner.

    Reviewer holding the small tool with a handful of fur

    Promising review: "This thing is amazing. With multiple cats and two dogs who have no boundaries in the house (couches, chairs and beds are free game), and more than a few with black fur, our furniture and carpets were constantly covered. This thing works wonders!" — dameow687

    Price: $5.25

    12. A monitoring camera so you can see where your pooch is at without having to get up to look. This camera has a built-in vet chat to help you make sense of unusual behavior you may see your dog doing.

    Reviewer's picture of the monitor's footage of their dog

    Promising review: "There's an option to mount this (sideways/upside down) using the given magnet. The cam is light enough for this. I might install this on the bottom of my cabinets or kitchen island." — Candy

    Price: $39.99

    13. A tug-of-war toy that doesn't require you to be the puller. This rope-and-ball gives you the break you need from your pup and keeps them in a central space by coming with a suction that attaches to surfaces such as your wall or floor.

    Reviewer's dog playing with the toy

    Promising review: "My struggle with many toys with 'hidden' treats is that it's often too easy for my 68-pound shepherd to get the treats out and it's not really engaging. This toy ball is very resilient and provides hours of entertainment as their gears turn and they attempt to get to the treat inside!" — Shawn

    Price: $18.99

    14. A slow-feeder mat perfect for dogs who can't stop putting their tongue on everything. Spread some peanut butter over these and your best friend should be occupied for a good amount of time.

    Reviewer's dog licking the peanut butter off the pad

    Promising review:: "Wish I found this sooner! My mini Aussie LOVES it. He is great at games and treat motivated games, and this is the only thing that takes him more than two seconds to finish." — Andrew

    Price: $14.95

    15. A snuffle mat, because this will give your dog a reason to stick their nose somewhere other than your own mats and carpet. Hiding treats inside this mat will keep your pup busy and help them develop their sense of smell.

    Reviewer's dog sniffing the textured, ruffled mat

    Promising review: "I love they immediately went into search mode. As seniors, it’s hard to get them out to exercise, so working the mind is a must." —Cherie L. Hendrix

    Price: $22.99 (available in two sizes).

    16. A obstacle course that will have your pup dog-show ready in no time. On days when it's raining outside, go with the indoor setup to give your dog a mental and physical workout that doesn't involve your own furniture.

    Reviewer's dog playing with the course in their living room

    Promising review: "It's not fancy but great for beginners (both dogs and owners). My dog had fun with it and it was easy to teach him what to do. The bars/ stands are flimsy which is good since I didn't want him to hurt himself." — Bridget

    Price: $25.59

    17. A beef-flavored treat they won't be able to eat in a couple of bites. Bully sticks are the edible chew toy most experienced dog owners will swear by and there's a good reason for that: They last, keep a dog busy for a while, and not messy.

    Reviewer's large dog chewing on the bone

    Promising review: "OK, she loves them, so she’s hooked. I only give it to her half an hour before bed to keep her busy while I tidy up, then save the rest in a ziplock in the fridge for the next night. A stick lasts me two to three days. She’s a 4-month-old Great Dane." — PA

    Price: $20.99 for a pack of six

    18. A teaser wand that can lure your dog away from the places you don't want them to be. Use this simple wand to magically keep your dog's attention and get them out of the spaces where they're not allowed.

    Reviewer's small dog playing with the wand

    Promising review: "I bought this for my 13-pound, 3-year old energizer bunny dog. He loves squeaky toys and has tons of energy that is hard to burn off when it gets hot outside. This thing is awesome! I had to let him play with the little rat thing for a few minutes first because he was scared of the rod and rope part. Once he got attached to the squeaky toy, he decided it was okay to chase it on a stick." — Holly AZ

    Price: $13.59

    19. A playpen for the times when a crate isn't necessary, but your dog needs to be contained. Playtime doesn't have to end but it can be given boundaries with this easy-to-set-up fence.

    Reviewer's picture of the crate

    Promising review: "I am super impressed with this pen, for several reasons. But note that I have really small toy dogs (5-pounds) full grown. This pen is:

    1) extremely easy to assemble and set up

    2) very easy to fold and transport

    3) can be flexibly assembled (more on this later and see photo)

    4j is reasonably priced." — N. Garris

    Price: $43.99 (various sizes)

    20. An indoor mat that gently reminds your dog not to get up on certain furniture. When you are tired of saying no, but you still love your friend and want to get them off your couch or bed, the buzz from this mat should do the trick.

    Reviewer's picture of the mat

    Promising review: "Best deterrent and keeping your pets from areas and saving furniture from being an accidental rest stop area. I already have six of these and use the extension to make customize length as you can move the power device from one mat to another. I like that about these products." — Krystal

    Price: $34.95

    21. A treat-feeder to have your dog's head spinning. This feeder works like a windmill and is sure to stand out from your pup's other toys.

    Reviewer's dog playing with the feeder to eat treats

    Promising review: "We have a TON of dog puzzles and this is one of our favorites! Even though my dog figured out how it worked pretty quickly, it's still a challenge because the tubes keep spinning around. I was worried about stability because my dog will try to just flip the puzzle over if he can, but this is very stable!" — Dakota

    Price: $16.48

    22. A chewy treat that is tasty enough for your pup, and strong enough for you. These chew bites will help calm your dog down and comes in a variety of flavors.

    Reviewer's two dogs looking calm and sleepy

    Promising review: "Have used it for three days now with my Frenchie who was being aggressive with our other Frenchie and let’s just say that the vicious fighting has gone down drastically. We think he has anxiety and I feel almost like now his mind is calmer. He is still himself but so much more focused." — VEE GEE

    Price: $29.97 (flavors vary)

    23. A plush, squeaky toy for your squirrel-loving dog. When bad weather makes the great outdoors impossible, bring out this toy to give your little friend a taste of the wilderness and something other than your things to gnaw on.

    Reviewer's dog cuddling with the toy

    Promising review: "She generally destroys everything but instead nuzzles and loves on these little squirrels. I find them all over the house. We put them back in the log and she immediately gets them out and carries them around again." — Jen

    Price: $8.08+ (various sizes)

    24. A dog tunnel to make inside a little more interesting for them. This foldable tunnel can be used indoors and give your dog a new route to their next spot in the house. Fill it with treats to see if they decide to make their tunnel a second home.

    Reviewer's dog sitting in the tunnel

    Promising review: "My corgi loves it. Well, one of them. The other is still afraid, but it only was delivered today, and he's already warming up to it. " — LooLoo

    Price: $38.98

    25. A chew toy set that will give your dog a chance to bite to its hearts content. Ropes, rubber, this set is a buffet for your dog's teeth and comes with six different toys to use, perfect for keeping your dog distracted and still.

    The chew toys

    Promising review: "I have a rambunctious dog who is full of energy! Every time I took a toy out of the bag he jumped on it! It’s foggy Christmas all in one bag! He now has a favorite but plays with them all! Can’t go wrong for the money!" — Jessica Burns

    Price: $23.89

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