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Need advice re vacuum cleaner for pets

We're want to have a dog and we're thinking about all the consequences of getting one. To help us learn, we've borrowed a relative's dog for 2 weeks.


Although the dog has short hair, and we wipe her feet every time she comes into the house, I was amazed with the mess. I have to clean the floors every day. We have tiled and wooden floors.


I don't like cleaning and hence I bought a Philips Aqua Trio some time ago so that you only have to go over the floors once ie so that you don't have to first vacuum and then mop the floors. I have the feeling that this machine will soon go to vacuum cleaner heaven so.............


Now comes the question: what vacuum cleaner/cleaning machine do you find best with your pets?


All advice gratefully received (except, don't have a pet!!).


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Re: Need advice re vacuum cleaner for pets

Miele Cat and dog vacuum. We've had ours for about 10 years now and it is great! Really strong suction and it also has some special filter which filters out pet allergens. We've tried bagless vacuums, but always return to the Miele. (We've actually given away two vacuums we have tried to replace the Miele with) Regarding mopping, we get our cleaners to do that.
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Never get a bagless vacuum cleaner unless you want a constant headache.
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Re: Need advice re vacuum cleaner for pets

Miele make very good vacuum cleaners.

But why not get a dog with curly hair that does not fall out?
Poodle or Labra-doodle are suitable, also they do not grow too big, and they are very intelligent.

The disadvantage is that 2 or times a year they need a haircut, this costs about SFr 70,- each time.
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Re: Need advice re vacuum cleaner for pets

Shave the dog ?
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All advice gratefully received (except, don't have a pet!!).
Before we get to vacuum cleaners, a word on the above...

Dogs are loveable, loyal and true, comedians when you need a pick-me-up, comforters when you need a shoulder to cry on, your best friend and confidante. I cannot even imagine a life without dogs.

But dogs are messy. Dogs love nothing more than playing in the great outdoors, running through the underbrush, wallowing in puddles, rolling in unspeakably smelly things. A muddy dog is a happy dog. The mess is part of the package. One either decides to become a bit less house proud, or one rachets up the cleaning. There's no getting around it.

But a bit of mess is a very small price to pay for the infinite rewards of sharing your life with a dog.

It's important to set realistic expectations before bringing a dog home.

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I have several coping strategies and lots of gadgets, some more useful than others.

I have shelties and collies. The shelties, and to a lesser extent the collies, shed continually. I defy even the most eagle-eyed obsessive Hausfrau to keep a fur-free house while a sheltie is in residence.

I've been using Miele vacuum cleaners, so far have the Cat and Dog, the Hypoallergenic and a couple of 'non-specialist' Mieles. Surprisingly, I've found the Cat and Dog the least useful of the vacuums because the special head with the rotating brush needs to be cleaned every few passes.

I've come to believe that what is most important is suction power, not 'animal' design.

Any good reliable powerful vacuum cleaner will do a decent job on tile and wood floors. But getting sheltie and collie fur out of carpets - that is a whole different story.

I've found that the best way to clean my rugs is to get down on my hands and knees and actually brush it out by hand. I use a soft slicker brush - the kind designed to brush a puppy, and go over the whole rug. I pick out piles that way. Then I vacuum to get up dirt and such. I am convinced that the guy who invented velcro must had collies and carpets cause that's how fast their fur really sticks.

So once a week, or before the Frauenverein come to visit , de-thatch the rug by hand. In between, just vacuum, which will get 'enough' of it up - and take off your spectacles if you can't live with the rest. (That's the bit about adjusting expectations.)

You might find this thread of interest, where I asked about a dyson hand vac as an auxillary gadget:

Dyson Besenstaubsauger AnimalPro - Comments?


Other coping stragegies:

Obviously, daily grooming. This is not only a cleanliness issue but also a health issue for your dog. 10-15 minutes a day is sufficient to keep most dogs looking good, and to keep most of the garden outside rather than in your dog and on your rug.

During the Mud Season - which is most of the year in my rainy corner of Switzerland - the pitter patter of puppy feet leaves visible evidence. So teach your dog to wipe his feet before coming inside. No, it won't get all the mud off, but it will make your life, and cleaning routine, easier. it's a trick fairly easy to teach, and fun for your dog.

Keep towels by the door and teach your dog to wait at the entryway so that you can rub your dog dry before he runs through the rest of the house. Again, the 'back home' routine is easily taught.

Take off your specs and choose clothing and soft furnishings the same color as your dog so the fur doesn't show. Okay, kidding.

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But as above, a little mess is nothing compared to the joy your dog will bring you.

Wishing you and your future four footed friend all the best.

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But why not get a dog with curly hair that does not fall out?
Poodle or Labra-doodle are suitable, also they do not grow too big, and they are very intelligent.

The disadvantage is that 2 or times a year they need a haircut, this costs about SFr 70,- each time.
A word of caution here with 'oodle' cross breeds.

That a dog has been crossed with a poodle does not guarantee a non-shedding coat. Nor does it guarantee fur that you will not be allergic to. Contrary to what marketing claims - usually made by puppy farmers and BYBs who don't know the first thing about breedin - crossing two breeds without solid understanding of genetics is really a roll of the dice. Unless you have late generation crosses, produced by someone who truly has studied genetic science and chosen very carefully, traits will not be stable. You might get a poodle coat - or you might get something all together different.

Which is not to say that these aren't wonderful cross breed dogs - they are indeed. But if you 'must' have a certain trait, if you could not live with a dog that ended up without that trait, please choose differently.

(Sorry, the damage done to the canine world by the 'oodle' marketing craze makes my blood boil and is a particular soap box issue of mine...)

If you want a poodle coat, get a poodle! They are fantastic dogs - sporty, keen, playful, super intelligent. Highly trainable, active but also happy to be quiet at your side. Our so-very-much-missed Puddle was a fantastic dog, the first poodle I had the luck to share our home with, and he turned me into quite the poodle advocate.


(Puddle needed a trim every 8-10 weeks, cost under 100. Just a simple all over trim, no topiary. That's pretty much the average Ausserschwyz price from what I understand.)

/soap box.
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Re: Need advice re vacuum cleaner for pets

Thank you all so very much for the advice so far - absolutely great!


My kids also said - if you accept that you have to clean once per day, then nothing matters. It doesn't matter what type of dog you get and it doesn't matter if you get up all hair and dirt as you'll be cleaning the next day anyway.


Has anyone tried the Karcher Steam Vacuum cleaner (SV7)? It sounds good, but I wonder how it would be with the fur?


When you mention x- oodle, I assume like Labradoodle or Cockapoo? Are there any reliable/trustworthy breeders in Switzerland?


Many thanks


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When you mention x- oodle, I assume like Labradoodle or Cockapoo? Are there any reliable/trustworthy breeders in Switzerland?
PilotP, please understand that X-oodles or X-poos are not breeds, they are crosses, mutts. Nothing wrong with that at all - I love every sort of canine, whatever goes into it's genetic make up. All dogs are equally loveable in my eyes.

But cross breeding is not regulated. These dogs are not recognized by the SKG/FCI so there is not the same standards governance that you find in SKG/FCI breed clubs, and outside of a guide dog program there is no authority over those creating crosses to ensure that standards are met, that health checks are done, that an appropriate puppy development and early socialization program is in place. Sadly, outside a guide dog program, more often than not 'oodles' and 'poos' are the result of puppy farming, BYBs or accidents - simply two random dogs tossed together with more thought to the high prices naive buyers will pay for a trendy name than to the health, temperament, and characteristcs of the resulting puppies. Quite the opposite of responsible breeding.

A bit of food for thought:

From Wally Conron, the head of an Australian Guide Dog breeding program who while trying to breed a guide dog that a client would not be allergic to first coined the Labradoodle name, on how he very much regrets what he unwittingly unleashed: a perfect storm of a catchy name, a gullible and unthinking public, and unscrupulous greedy barstewards with an eye to cashing in.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog...s-his-creation


As in my post above, if you must have a certain trait, if you would not be able to live with a dog who turned out later not to have that trait, the x-oodle, X-poo route is not a guarantee. Eyes wide open when you start down that road.

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Re: Need advice re vacuum cleaner for pets

..... and get one that works well on bedsheets, too.



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Several vacuum cleaners are available these days with high quality features that are capable to clean pet hairs even from carpets. Just search online and place your order.
I wonder if you could possibly help with the best online deals, by posting a link? (Although carriage from India, may considerably add to the price).
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Dogs are loveable, loyal and true, comedians when you need a pick-me-up, comforters when you need a shoulder to cry on, your best friend and confidante. I cannot even imagine a life without dogs.
Neither could I Meloncollie!
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Re: Need advice re vacuum cleaner for pets

If you would like to be able to vacuum your pet, then you should carefully consider what sort of pet is suitable. Dogs are generally too large for the average vacuum cleaner hose. I would recommend a much smaller pet, such as the pygmy jerboa:

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Re: Need advice re vacuum cleaner for pets

try the Dyson DC62 Animal Pro. I have the regular version and it's amazing. I actually have the Samsung robot vacuum that's run regularly and the Dyson for intense cleaning. Combination works quite well.
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Re: Need advice re vacuum cleaner for pets

I use a dyson canstor vacuum. It's not the animal one but an older canistor model and it works wonderful dealing with my Persian cat's long hair. The attachments are great. While the Miele vacuums are very nice quality, I would never buy a vaccum with bags, all that expense and extra waste, is not worth it. Vacumming is actually m favorite chore. With an efficient vacuum the process is easy and rewarding.
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Re: Need advice re vacuum cleaner for pets

Hi there,

First off congrats on the dog plan, tbh it took me a while to thaw to the idea but I could not be happier having done so.

We have a 1.5 year old Labrador who is a little crazy but I could not imagine being without him now.

For dealing with the dog hair and believe me there is a lot of it, we have a Dyson (canister) and a Roomba and between them they make an invincible team.

Yes, you have to hoover I little more often but the return on investment is at least 10x.
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Re: Need advice re vacuum cleaner for pets

All this advice is great! Thank you all so very much.


So you would recommend running the robot vacuum cleaner maybe each night and then doing the full clean as normal, maybe weekly or twice weekly?


Is there anything to be careful of with the robot cleaner? For example, we have a little bit of carpet, but mainly tiled floors. Will the robot be able to do both or just one? I see that there are also robots that say that they can clean/mop the floor - are they any good?


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Re: Need advice re vacuum cleaner for pets

Without direct experience, I wonder if a robot would be strong or efficient enough for pet hairs.

Hair will undoubtedly cluster in places where Robbie can't go - under furniture and inaccessible corners.

I would think that a more typical cleaner with a pipe and telescopic tube handle is the way to go.
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