(BPT) – From their loyal ways to their silly antics, pets bring so much joy to homes. While you wouldn’t trade any of the cuddles and welcome-home slobbers, one thing most pet owners don’t find quite as lovable is all the pet hair!When you live with a furry friend, it’s inevitable that there will be pet hair everywhere-hiding under tables, collecting in corners and clinging to clothes and furniture. Cleaning up after it all can be hard work-but the good news is that there are some ways to keep it under control.

With a few simple steps, you can keep your home clean and free from pet hair (at least until that next shake).

1) Embrace your inner groomer. The best way to deal with pet hair in your home is to stop it even before it starts. Regularly grooming your pet will help control pet hair and shedding. Get into the habit of brushing your pet each day.Chances are, they’ll enjoy the extra attention, and you’ll be able to collect and dispose of their hair before it gets everywhere else. If your pet needs extra care, take them to a groomer every couple of months to really control the undercoat or longer hair.

2) Use a vacuum designed to pick up pet hair. After you’ve used a conventional vacuum that fails to pick up your dog or cat’s hair a couple of times, it’s probably safe to say that you’ve had enough.
Get your hands on a vacuum built for the job, like the BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser® Lift-Off® Upright Pet Vacuum, which is engineered specifically for homes with pets. It combines the power of an upright vacuum with the cleaning convenience of a lightweight, portable canister, so you can clean tight corners, stairs and furniture easily. It also has a tangle-free brush roll, so you don’t have to worry about hair wrapping around it. When you’re done, you can empty the canister without touching the hair inside.

3) Strategically place throw rugs around the house. Carpet and rugs are a magnetfor pet hair-so use them to your advantage!

Place throw rugs in areas your cat or dog frequents and they can collect the lion’s share of the shedding before the hair infiltrates every nook and cranny in the rest of your home. Then you can easily vacuum those rugs!
4) Give your pet a designated hang-out spot. While your favorite four-legged companion is hanging out around the house, offer them an extra comfy spot or twoon the floor with large throw pillows or a pet bed so they have their own space.They’ll end up spending much of their time in these cozy spots and it will help you out by making the area you need to clean smaller.

5) Washable slipcover.

There’s no reason to cut out couch cuddles with your fluffy friend. A washable slipcover for your furniture can work wonders to protect furniture from hair and messes. And, it doesn’t have to be the unsightlyplastic covers people used to have -contemporary slipcovers are made of soft cloth, are easy to remove and look great. Most you can even throw in your washing machine to easily to remove the hair. In between washings, using vacuum attachments will help keep your couch hair free.After trying out these tricks, the only evidence that there’s a pet in your homewill be from the lovable, furry greeting they give you when you walk in the door!
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(BPT) – You’re an animal lover, and you’ve dreamed about your dog running through a field alongside a horse or watching your pup play with a pet goat. But how will your companions respond when they meet their new unique sibling?
To make sure your pets start their relationship out right, the experts at Tractor Supply Company, a nationwide rural lifestyle retailer celebrating Pet Appreciation Week Sept. 13-17, have five tips to make the introduction as seamless as possible.
Taking the appropriate steps to properly introduce your dog to another animal – such as a horse, pig, goat or rabbit – will drastically improve the chances of the two becoming friends.

1. Consider your pet’s personality
Dogs are instinctively pack animals and tend to get along well with others, especially ones that roam in a pack or herd such as horses, goats and sheep.

But teaching your dog to live with respect for members of another species will depend on several factors, including its age, breed and temperament.

While breed doesn’t always predict an animal’s personality, it can be insightful in determining likely traits. For instance, labs, retrievers and terriers are natural hunters and might be better friends with a goat or pig rather than a rabbit.
Also consider interactions your pet has had with other dogs to indicate how a future meeting with an unfamiliar animal might go.

2. Let the new pet get comfortable
Your dog isn’t the only animal dealing with a change. Remember your new flock, pet goat or rabbit may need a few days to get used to their surroundings. Giving animals some time to learn their environment can alleviate some initial skittish behavior.

3. Set up a controlled introduction

Whether introducing a small rabbit or big horse, start with a meeting where you have the control. Prior to orchestrating the first sniff, place your new animal inside a fenced enclosure that allows both your dog and the new friend enough space to observe each other.

Once your dog has taken in all of the initial sights and smells, it still may take several weeks for comfort to set in. Take it slow, be persistent, and remember that peaceful coexistence starts with familiarity.

4. Reward calm behavior
Chances are your dog will be suspicious of something new in its backyard domain. If your dog starts wiggling with excitement or whining, that’s normal!

Reinforce positive interactions by offering comfort and rewarding submissive body language, such as relaxed ears and a lowered head.

Be patient. Dogs are not trained overnight.

5. Leashed meeting
Next, using a leash, bring your dog to meet the new pet. Let them check each other out and interact in a safe way. Repeat this process for as long as it takes for your dog to relax.

This portion of the interaction will require close observation of your dog’s behavior. Any type of tension or aggression needs to result in a firm “no,” while good behavior should be verbally praised.

In the event that your dog shows signs of fear or aggression, increase your distance until you’ve reestablished a calm demeanor and then try again.

Continue this ritual until your dog and your new pet start to behave like old friends.

During Pet Appreciation Week, Sept. 13-17, Tractor Supply stores across the country will celebrate pets and animals as well as collect supplies for local animal shelters and rescues. As part of the main event on Saturday, Sept. 16, many Tractor Supply stores will also feature animal adoptions by community partners, demonstrations on pet nutrition and discounts on pet and animal products.

For expert advice on raising pets and other animals, visit TractorSupply.com/KnowHow.
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