Ok so when my hubby first wanted a dog I was like "no way" I have always loved animals but once we got out on our own I became a clean fanatic. I think I get it from my Grandmother and Aunt Linda.
But, once we got Bama I fell back in love with the idea of having pets and now we have 3 dogs as well as a snake and lizard.
I think preventing your house from getting smelly and nasty is the best thing you can do.
In my opinion that consists of several things:
-having house-trained dogs that do not have accidents (or at least very rarely) even if potty mat trained like my dogs are, the dogs should know where they are to go potty and this means consistency in training and for the life of the dog
-limiting access to the whole house. my dogs do not go in our master bedroom or office/game room without us in there to watch them. we keep all rooms upstairs closed so they are downstairs with us or playing on the stairs.
-if you have multiple dogs, I would suggest crating or keeping confined to one room if you work long hours. we work 8 hr days. Bama is left out, but he has his potty mats to use. Allee and Brodie are crated. I don't have to worry about accidents or messes that might go un-noticed until the odor begins
-keeping bedding and kennels cleaned, I add white vinegar to the washing machine when cleaning their blankets and/or beds.
-for us we don't allow the dogs in the bed, a rule the hubby made! if it were just me they'd probably at least sleep in the bedroom floor on beds or blankets. but he says once we go to bed for the night, no dogs allowed in there! i think it does help keep our bedroom dog hair and odor free!
-keeping rugs and furniture clean and fresh
-covering sofas with throw, sheets, etc if the dogs are allowed on them. this keeps doggie odor and hair off as well as slobber if you have a dog like my bulldog that has slimey drool when chewing on toys.
-keeping dogs clean and well groomed..bathed when needed and using a waterless bath in between helps.
-dogs on a good proper diet helps keep the dog from having bad odor as well as a healthy dog
-proper cleaning tools and supplies. we love swiffer sweeper vac for hard floors and hoover windtunnel for carpet
Some added extras that keep the home smelling good are:
-fabric refreshers for rugs, carpet, softs, curtains, etc such as febreeze or renuzit for pet odor
-candles like pet odor eliminator candles and other yummy ones that we like are swan creek, our own candle company, and woodwick
-garbage bags for odor
-plug ins, we prefer wallflowers from bath and body works, they smell wondeful and are longlasting.
Keeping ahead of the problem and keeping your house clean is the best thing to prevent unwanted odors.
And if something does happen and you have an odor such as a sick dog, you can't beat opening the windows to air out your home.