• Tammy Bashore

How to have dogs AND a clean home



A question I get most often is whether or not German Shorthaired Pointers shed. The answer is YES. And if you are lucky like me, they'll shed dark and light hairs! But honestly, if you choose to get a dog you need to first make peace with the fact that there will be dog hair that lands on the floors of your home. However with the right arsenal of tools, you can learn to keep it under control. Here are the items I have and use in our home weekly.


Gonzo Pet Hair Lifter :: $8 :: This is similar to a sponge except you don't get it wet. This products lifts the hair off of your upholstered furniture as you run it across the fabric. Then as the pet hair collects, you take it off with your hand and throw away in the trash. Super easy and effective way to keep the chairs in my leaving room pet free for my guests.

OXO Good Grips Fur Lifter :: $16 :: This item is like brush that you can run across any fabric surface. Then to get the hair off the brush you slide it back into the holder. As you pull the brush back out the hair is trapped in the holder. The bottom of the holder can then be opened for you to dispose of any pet hair.

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser :: $65 :: Before I had the 2 items listed above, I used this hand held vacuum to get the hair off my upholstered furniture pieces. This products also has multiple attachments so you can utilize it to get hair off of many surfaces and in crevices.

Bissell Pet Stain Eraser :: $85 :: This portable carpet cleaner is a lifesaver! If your pups are like mine, they eat alot of things they shouldn't that ultimately end up coming back up and landing somewhere on the rug in my dining room. This carpet cleaner works great to get those pet stains out of any carpet. Not to mention the red wine it got out of my light colored carpet when my dogs decided to fly down the stairs as I was walking with my glass of wine and know me over causing my red wine to fly! So after crying for a bit, I tried this carpet cleaner and it got ALL of the red wine out. I was so shocked. We use ours all the time and it is worth every penny.

Bona Hardwood Spray Mop :: $40 :: I would use this mop even if I didn't have dogs. The majority of the main floor of my home is wood. Having 2 dogs that love to go outside multiple times a day, means paw prints all over my dark hardwood floors. This mop has a washable cloth and refillable chamber which makes it a good sustainable option.

Swifter Sweeper Dry Mop :: $15 :: This floor duster is my go to tool when I'm in between vacuum sessions and can see the hair piling up around the baseboards, etc. The cloths are disposable and easily pick up the pet hair as I move it around the edges of the walls and cabinets for a quick clean when I'm in between full floor cleaning days.

Dyson DC40 Multi Floor Vacuum :: $450 :: Yes, this vacuum is expensive but I have had it for at least 7 years now with no problems. I love this vacuum because it goes from carpet, to wood, to tile with no problems and nothing I have to do on my end. I can just vacuum my entire house without thinking about what kind of surface I am on. It also gets the hairs up against the baseboards easily - those little hairs don't get left behind.


It IS possible to have a clean home AND have dogs. You CAN win the battle on dog hair! Want to see more about each of these items mentioned above? Head over to YouTube and check out this video: https://youtu.be/8wxF6AE4wco


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