* Vacuum floors and furniture frequently using a machine with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate arresting) filter. Regularly clean walls with water to further reduce exposure to allergens and dust.
* Keep at least one room of the house dog-free. The bedroom is the best choice to ensure a good nights sleep free of allergens. But, if you have forced air heating and air conditioning in your home, the air currents may still spread the allergens throughout the house. Fit your home with a central air purifier that uses a HEPA filter and use it at least four hours a day to remove a significant amount of pet allergens.
* Clean dog bedding and crates frequently. Wash clothes that you wear while interacting with dogs before putting them back in the closet or drawer.
* Use washable blinds or shades, cotton-covered furniture, and limit the number of rugs, upholstered furniture, and drapes in the home. Opt for hardwood floors or tile rather that wall-to wall carpeting.
* Bathe your dog weekly and brush or comb daily. Weekly baths can greatly reduce the level of allergens on fur.
* Wear a dust mask to reduce exposure to allergens while you groom your dog or do housework. If possible, have a professional or family member without allergies take over these tasks.
* Look for symptoms of dermatitis in your dog, which often leads to accelerated skin sloughing and fur shedding. Always wash your hands after touching your dog and do no touch your eyes or other areas of your face before your hands are washed.