How to Clean Your Dog Run?

How to Clean Your Dog Run?

Oh boy, I hope you have already thought about this before you decide on your dog run– cleaning and sterilizing your dog’s living space is just as important as cleaning your own living space.

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I like to use my favourite handy cleaner made with diluted bleach – this works great on almost everything (but not fabric), kill germs (like 99.9% efficient) and super low cost.

Step 1: Wear gloves

Well, sometimes I do ignore this step, simply just because work tend to be easier without gloves. But bleach is corrosive even in diluted state, it could make your skin itch and irritated and leaves strong smell no matter how many times you try to wash your hands.

 

Step 2: Apply cleaner on the run and mesh

You are able to use spray bottle or simply pour quarter of a cap full of bleach into 1 litre of clean water, and use a cloth or brush to clean. I personally prefer spray bottle as it is a permanent cleaner in the house and I could use the leftover amount somewhere else.

 

Step 3: Clean clean clean

Brush away fluffs and spider webs at the corners, wipe off dusts and crumbs. Clean to as details as you wish to but definitely be extra careful when you gets close to the ends of the mesh.

 

Step 4: Rinse off

You probably don’t want to risk on having your dog licking or picking up food after contacting with the run. So rinsing would be the most important step I would say. The more diluted cleaner, the less likely to have the risk, but nevertheless I would still recommend rinsing cleaned crate thoroughly.

 

Step 5: Sun dry

Best thing about it is that your run isn’t going anywhere really, but do remove all the covers to allow maximum exposure.Not only it is the most efficient way to dry your run, but also by drying your run crate in the sun could get the benefit of sterilization from the UV rays. Nature’s just wonderful!

 

On top of cleaning the crate, 9/10 times, I would also cleaning my dogs feeder bowls and beauty tools such as comb, brush and grooming tools.

However for small items, it would be much easier to clean with dishwashing liquid or the best result would be dishwasher if you have one. Just probably want to have a set of cleaning sponge and cleaning brush so it wouldn’t cross contaminating.

How to Save On Your Dog Registration Bill?

How to Save On Your Dog Registration Bill?

Time flies aye! It is the time of year again – Register your dog in New Zealand!

Yes, I have in fact received my dog rego information pack 2 weeks ago – thanks to Auckland Council for this important reminder.

Honestly, except from checking out the total amount due and due date stated in the letter, I have never really pay attention to any details. Last week, before making the payment, I thought it would be interesting to take a look of the details. And whoo I have realised there is interesting licence you could get – a Responsible Dog Owner Licence (RDOL).

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To apply for it, you will have to answer the whole way through a quiz where you get asked on a lot of questions such as was there any complaint lodged under your dog’s registration within past 12 months’ time?  Do you register your dog on time on annual basis and so on.

It’s funny how you would only start to think about something so simple and straightforward now when it is considered to be common sense.

Being a good owner not just by following rules and pay your dog registration fees but to always thinks about others. At the same time, it has rewarding discounted dog registration fees (by Auckland Council):

Registration Class

Fees

Entire Dog (non-RDOL) $141
De-sexed dogs (non- RDOL) $101
Entire Dog (RDOL) $73
De-sexed dogs (RDOL) $63

 

My usual bill would be $101 and upon successful applications of RDOL, I would be only paying $63 each year!

 

I didn’t really get a better picture until I’ve gone through all the questions to realise how much and how little that I have done for my dog baby and how responsible I have been towards the whole society.

One thing I would probably be most aware of would be barking issues. My dog used to bark a lot, but back then my neighbor’s Chihuahuas (yes she has 3 Chihuahuas!) barks even more, oh so much more and duration takes much longer, you could always hear them barking anytime on my balcony. So while I was lucky and unlucky at the same time, my dog’s bark was never really noticed until I moved to a bigger place and got him a dog run.

Back then I didn’t realise the difference on how a dog run would have any association with his barking behavior until I begin to notice I was much loosen up nowadays when I arrive home late at night – because my dog would just be barking for 2 seconds and he would stop; or most of the time, he would start pacing around, but no barks.

Now I have learnt it was because of his amount of ‘self-exercising’ in the dog run – as 3m by 3m dog run is actually quite big for him when he is just a little fluffy 4kg dog. This daily exercise would greatly reduce the barking regularities and greatly reduce anxious behavior.

If you have enough space and barking dog, it would worth to try out a dog run.