Ask Our Cleaning Expert!

Send in your questions for a chance to be featured in DOG FANCY magazine.

Got a household cleaning question? Pet stains? Doggie odor? Canine hair everywhere?

DOG FANCY's household cleaning expert Schar Ward, aka Clara Klutz, responds to select reader questions every other month in a new Q&A column.

Ward, owner of Domestic Engineering, a Twin Cities-based cleaning business, has authored several books on cleaning, including “It's About Time: Time Saving Tips for Every Day – Home or Away” (The Book Peddlers, 2006).

Send questions to ("Cleaning Q&A" in subject line), or mail to Cleaning Q&A, DOG FANCY, P.O. Box 6050, Mission Viejo, CA 92690-6050. Please include your full name, address, and telephone number.

Ms. Ward can respond only to published questions. Because of the volume of questions received, we cannot use all that are submitted. Questions cannot be acknowledge or returned, and become the property of BowTie Magazines, a division of BowTie Inc., which reserves the right without further consideration, to use all questions in any publication, media, and related promotions.


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america   atlantic city, NJ

7/25/2010 11:42:21 AM

my name is america and i was wondering how to train a new puppy. like how to go to the bathroom, how to be super friendly to everyone, and learn to stay alone when im not in the house?

please help i have a baby pomeranian.

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Erica   Meridian, MS

3/4/2010 8:36:46 PM

I have a new puppy and we are trying to potty train him I really don't like the idea of using newspaper because I feel like he want learn to go to the door is this true?

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barbara   wybg, PA

11/4/2009 3:15:10 PM

when i leave the house my dog tears out the garbage if i put it up he tears up other stuff what should i do

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courtney   cherokee, GA

9/16/2009 12:36:50 PM

My boyfriend and I have 7 dogs- he 6 large breeds and myself a young papillion. The labs, boarder collie, and golden retriever are amazing animals. However, there is ALWAYS excessive hair in the home and the couch smells and is
Is there any type of sofa material that is better made for such "punishment?"

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