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furniture protectors or doggie pants?

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Our 6 month old Havanese has started jumping up on the couches and my husband (I also do a little) gets grossed out because of his butt touching the places where we and the kids lie down at times. We have seen little skid marks around his butt area, though it usually "looks" clean. We thought of furniture protectors but that seems like we would have to buy protectors for every little furniture. So we thought why not "briefs for indoors only but every where I look, there is only sanitary panties for females or bands for dogs. I am thinking of getting the sanitary panties(some look like briefs) and that way we don't have to think about furniture protectors at all.

Am I overthinking this? Does anyone uses "briefs" for indoor protection from butts? This is our first indoor dog, we both grew up in warmer climates where dogs where all outside..so maybe we just need to adjust some more.
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I just put blankets on my furniture, and take them off when company comes. I do butt checks when we come in from pottying, and will clean with a baby wipe, if necessary, or straight to the bath for a quick spot wash down if really necessary. I think using something like briefs on would just lead to matting, and something in me just doesn't like clothes on dogs, except for winter wear and the diapers for when in heat. I have two long-haired dogs and a cat. I don't stress what comes with that.

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If your dog's butt isn't clean, you really need to take care of that rather than worry about covering it up with panties. It's no better for a dog's rear end to have poop sitting on it than it is for a baby's bottom.

I'd be trying to adjust his diet and have a vet check to see if you can find out why his stools are soft enough to stick to him. Normally a dog's stools should be well formed and not stick to him.
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I just put blankets on my furniture, and take them off when company comes. I do butt checks when we come in from pottying, and will clean with a baby wipe, if necessary, or straight to the bath for a quick spot wash down if really necessary. I think using something like briefs on would just lead to matting, and something in me just doesn't like clothes on dogs, except for winter wear and the diapers for when in heat. I have two long-haired dogs and a cat. I don't stress what comes with that.
I am actually not too big on dog clothes either, it was a way to avoid purchasing furniture protectors. His butt area is generally clean, but for a 2-3 days he did have softer stools than normal but it has returned back to normal. During that time is when my husband got a bit more gross out as he didn't say anything about him jumping up on the couch before.

I do have the kids wipes that I use also. I guess I will convince him that the wipes is fine and we can use some sheets on the couch also.
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If your dog's butt isn't clean, you really need to take care of that rather than worry about covering it up with panties. It's no better for a dog's rear end to have poop sitting on it than it is for a baby's bottom.

I'd be trying to adjust his diet and have a vet check to see if you can find out why his stools are soft enough to stick to him. Normally a dog's stools should be well formed and not stick to him.
I wouldn't leave poop on him, I do wipe if I see anything. I believe after he went through a 2-3 day soft stools is when the issue came up. And I believe it is more the thought of a naked butt on the furniture weather clean or not.

I think after reading these replies I will just do the butt wiping, maybe a sheet on the furniture and not worry about it too much.
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I don't know, we just don't worry about it and our house is VERY tidy. Ricky does spend some time on the furniture but we do have a doggie day bed for him, where he spends a lot of time too.

Ricky's stools are usually well formed and firm (not hard). Sometimes, too much bully stick will give a stool that is a bit softer and we just give him a quick butt bath. We ALWAYS supervise his potty/poop breaks outdoors, to monitor any health issues he might have, to discourage him from eating any plant leaves, and to pick up after him immediately because we worry more about tracking poop indoors on our shoes than Ricky with his butt. Actually, Ricky's "man thing" comes into contact more with the furniture than his butt does, if ever.

We think that there is a greater danger of Ricky tracking in some nasty chemicals and bacteria in on his feet from his outdoor walkies than poop on his butt. Other than the aesthetics of a dogs butt possibly touching the furniture, the question is have we been sick. The answer is no, so we don't worry about it.

A Havanese can be trained to stay off of all furniture or even certain pieces of furniture. I was willing to do that with Ricky, but Ricky's Momi said "no", she wants Ricky snuggled up against her wherever she is sitting.

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I keep the sofa and chairs covered with a fleece blankets. Truffles likes to sleep on the top or the sofa. Scout sometimes likes to sleep on the sofa. I just throw the blankets in the washer a couple times a week. I think the feet are more of a concern than their bottoms.

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I keep the sofa and chairs covered with a fleece blankets. Truffles likes to sleep on the top or the sofa. Scout sometimes likes to sleep on the sofa. I just throw the blankets in the washer a couple times a week. I think the feet are more of a concern than their bottoms.
I don't do that at home, because my guys don't come in that dirty. Wet from the grass, maybe, and then I wipe them down as they come in, but not dirty. In our RV, though, the couch is covered with fleece blankets for exactly this reason. I do a lot of foot wiping and undercarriage washing in bad weather in the trailer, but even so, there's just more dirt on camp sites, and we like to keep it OFF the furniture!


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My two rarely have muddy paws. They do go for walks at the park or the neighborhood twice a day. I am more concerned about what I cannot see on their paws. The blankets are cream colored and there is never anything on them but leaves. It just makes me feel things are cleaner. I'm a germaphobe.

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My two rarely have muddy paws. They do go for walks at the park or the neighborhood twice a day. I am more concerned about what I cannot see on their paws. The blankets are cream colored and there is never anything on them but leaves. It just makes me feel things are cleaner. I'm a germaphobe.
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