The average dog owner spends the equivalent of two months cleaning up after their pet in their lifetime, new research shows.
A survey of 2,000 dog owners found that 44% are worried about inviting guests into their home because of the smell or mess created by their canine companion.
As a result, dog owners typically spend the equivalent of five full days cleaning up after their pet each year, whether that’s vacuuming, picking up toys and messes, or spraying on a sanitizer. air.
And with an average dog living between 10 and 12 years old, that works out to 1,560 hours in their lifetime, or 65 full days.
It also appeared that 21% of dog owners were concerned that guests were allergic to their pet – 59% saying they or a close family member was suffering from an allergic reaction.
Stephan Lang, shared air and sky specialist at indoor air quality experts Daikin UK, who commissioned the study, said: fair to say that as a nation we cannot get enough of our canine companions.
“But even if we wouldn’t change them for the world, they come with certain compromises, some of which are easier to circumvent than others.
“Having a clean and welcoming home is bound to be a concern for dog owners, especially as winter approaches, and more socialization is moving indoors again.”
The survey found that 35% of dog owners actively discouraged someone from visiting because they were worried about the look, smell or feel of their home because of their pet. .
More than a quarter (26%) even saw a guest leave their home because they smelled too much of a dog.
And despite being dog owners themselves, 26% of those surveyed admitted not wanting to enter someone else’s house because the dog’s smell was so strong.
This could explain why when someone is about to visit, 89% find themselves doing a last minute cleaning to “de-dogify” their property.
And half of those surveyed via OnePoll would feel nervous if someone suddenly showed up and they hadn’t had a chance to do a last-minute dog-related cleanup.
But despite their best efforts, 25% said their feet or socks were still constantly covered in dog hair.
Stephan Lang, from Daikin UK, added: “Our compact air purifiers can help remove viruses, reduce animal odors and minimize hair and skin particles from the air that can cause reactions. allergic.
“So while that can’t stop your dogs from jumping on your guests, it could help keep your home on the green visitors list. “
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