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My problem is big dogs and big messes. I have an old St. Bernard who is the dirtiest dog ever. He likes rolling in mud and jumping on the bed, gobbling up dog food and drooling it all over my nice clean comforter. I can't keep buying new bed linens to replace the ruined ones! Any advice on sure-fire ways to keep my bed fresh and clean?
By Doug A. from Seattle, WA
A St.Bernard's lifespan is about seven years; that's short when compared to other breeds of dogs. Our neighbor owned one and she was really messy too and kept outdoors all the time. If I owned a St. Bernard and it was to live indoors, I would groom its fur to short, so it's easier to shampoo and maintain during the warm months.
I don't have a St Bernard, but I still don't want our two dogs on my bed, so I have a baby gate in the hallway just outside my bedroom.
I was also thinking that you just need to shut your bedroom door. If you don't already have one, maybe get a duvet cover, so that you can take that off and wash it when it gets soiled (easier than trying to clean the comforter!).
Keep those old, ruined bed linens and use them to cover your new clean linens. Then just take the old dirty linens off when you want to use the bed. Shake off the filth and put it back on your clean bed for the dog to use later.
My dog chewed a hole in my favorite fleece blanket. I wondered why. He has a nice bed on the floor, he took over a queen size pillow with a quilted sham to put on his bed. Mostly he thinks my bed is his and licks the soft sheets.
Our vet suggested this method....Our Clarence was trained to sleep on his blankie on the floor by us putting a tee shirt of ours on top of the blanket and giving him a cookie when he climbed on to it and giving lots of praise. It took a week or so, but eventually he got it and no longer needs the cookies or tee shirt to go right into his blanket bed for sleep.
For licking things, we tried bitter apple spray that our vet recommended. It worked for his late sister, Carmel, but Clarence wasn't deterred by it...it is worth a try. That said, I would not use the spray on bedding that you sleep on. If he licks other things like a hard surface, try it on that. I say that because with Carmel, after a few times of floor licking, all we had to do was bring out the bottle and she would stop licking pretty much anything.
Well - it sounds like maybe you have been lonesome with your boyfriend "away" and slipped up and let Riley sleep on your nice soft sheets??