It’s around this time of year where quite a few parents begin getting pet requests for the holidays. You may be surprised to hear that one of the biggest issues holding parents back from getting a first pet for their child is the concern over pet-related messes. Whether its puppy potty training or shedding, the mess is something that can easily be handled. Here is a first time pet owners guide to cleaning from this long time dog mom and my friends at Swiffer.
Benefits of Adopting a Pet
Pets provide an enormous opportunity to teach children about responsibility and compassion. Will began walking our dog Scotty up and down the street at 6 and is solely responsible for making sure he has food and water. In return, he has a friend who is always ready to snuggle up on the couch on cold winter days and can provide a calming embrace when needed.
In a recent poll, it was found that 89% of Canadian parents questioned thought that having a pet is one of the most rewarding experiences a child can have and 51% thought that caring for a pet was better for teaching responsibility to their child than having them do chores around the house.
Around our house, we have combined those responsibilities with the easy to use Swiffer line of products including our Swiffer Wet Jet for cleaning up messes, our Swiffer Sweeper for easily collecting hair, and our Swiffer Duster which is just really fun for the kids to use.
Welcoming Adopted Pets Home
Just in time for the holidays, Swiffer has teamed up with pet supply company Bark & Co, to help make bringing a pet home for the holidays an easier transition. With millions of animals in need of homes, Swiffer and Bark and Co. want to lessen concerns about cleaning up in order to make sure more animals find their forever homes in time for the holidays.
To do so, Swiffer and Bark & Co. have teamed together to provide 10,000 Welcome Home Kits to animal shelters across Canada, including the Toronto Humane Society. These kits filled with Swiffer products, dog treats and an adorable toy, will help families spend less time cleaning and more time getting to know their new furry family member.
Swiffer is also making a $50,000 total donation to distribute to select shelters in Canada to support critical projects that will help more dogs find a home.
Nala- The Rescue Karate Dog
I was lucky enough to get a sample of the Welcome Home kit as well as some additional products from Swiffer to distribute to a wonderful dog who recently found her forever home. Nala, a rescue dog from Mexico, is not teaching just one child about compassion and responsibility but a whole slew of them at Horizon Martial Arts studio on Toronto’s East Side.
Nala was rescued from her life as a street dog in Mexico and arrived in Toronto mostly skin and bones. She was skittish and nervous about her new surroundings. She found a home with Sensei Mark and his wife Megan, who both teach at the studio. Nala’s life is now filled with budding friendships with numerous children who are learning the importance of helping to feed, walk and care for her. She also has developed a surprisingly good rear kick from watching the kids’ lessons every afternoon.
Sensei Mark and Megan quickly learned that Nala was a great addition to the lives of some children who were previously afraid of dogs. As she became less skittish and the kids became less nervous, the benefits of having Nala have become quite visible for many of the parents whose kids attend the studio.
Still, like everyone they needed to find a new way to handle the reality of having a shedding dog. We pulled out the Swiffer Sweeper Dry and found the sweeper was easily up to the task.
First Time Pet Owners Guide To Cleaning
We have established an easy cleaning routine for our dog, using the Swiffer line of products.
Swiffer Wet Jet: Any messes, accidents or paw prints are tackled in our house by the Swiffer Wet Jet. I find this works best to eliminate odours and makes sure our dog doesn’t have a repeat offence in the same spot. We tried a variety of products before getting the new Swiffer Wet Jet and I seriously can’t believe we went this long without it.
Swiffer Sweeper Dry: I keep one of these right by the door as I find it easily picks up sand and dirt that is stuck to our dogs feet. I’m always amazed how pet hair just sticks to the dry cloth. Our dog isn’t a “shedding dog” but there still seems to be quite a bit of hair at the end of the day that is easily swept up by the Swiffer Sweeper Dry.
Swiffer Duster: Dust is made up by a bunch of gross stuff which I’m sure includes dog DNA. Dusting with the Swiffer Duster is one of my kids favourite things to do so we haven’t even introduced it to them as a chore. I store a few of these around the house and between me and the kids using them, the job gets done in no time.
To get more tips for welcoming home your new pet, visit Swiffer.com. Join in on the conversation of welcoming your new pet home by tagging @Swiffer and @BarkBox and using #ShedHappens. Keep in mind, I love puppy photos so make sure to send me some too!
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, however, I am part of the #SwifferFanatic team receiving perks and benefits and as always all views and experiences are always that of my own.