When you have a dog who loves mud bath, you’d literally wish rainy days will never come. But well, that is how most dog owners feel when they find their canine friends dog-scaping the entire house with mud.
Here are 5 tips to keep muddy paw prints outside.
- Regularly trim the hair around your dog’s paws.
One way to get ready for the rainy season (or muddy disaster) is to trim the hair around your dog’s paws regularly. Trimming is very important especially if you own a dog with long hair or coat. The shorter the hair, the less mud your dog will carry on its paws and legs.
- Sit and wait
As a routine when you take your dog out for your daily walk, on your return to the house, ask your pooch to sit by the door until you give him the ‘go-in’ command. Once he is used to this routine, your dog will sit every time he gets back from his walk, and this will give you time to prepare everything to towel him down during rainy days.
- Prepare for the rainy day.
Have a dedicated bag for your pooch, and always keep a dry towel in it ready by the door. When your dog is done frolicking in the mud and is ready to go inside, wipe their paws with the towel. It’s a good idea to train them to get used to have their paws cleaned as part of training, since most dogs don’t like having their paws touched.
- Train your dog to wear rain boots.
Rain boots help to keep the floors tidier after an afternoon of romping outside the mud. All you have to do is to remove the booties before the dogs come in—easy! Your pooch might not like the idea of wearing boots, so use reward training method to help them get used to it when you carry out your daily training. However, don’t expect them to have the boots on and walk straight outside for the first time.
- Use an absorbent mat.
Another way to keep muddy paw prints at a minimum is to place an absorbent mat by the door. Or you could place some used newspapers near the entrance and then simply throw them away once you finish drying your pooch with a towel. Doing this will significantly reduce the amount of mud inside the house, making it easier to clean.
Products that help muddy paw wash easier
Another good thing is the creation of paw washer products that makes it easier for both you and your pooch. Understand that it might take a longer time for him to get used to it; just give him enough time.
Paw plunger is a device being marketed in different shapes of container. Some are shaped like a mug and others are tube-like cleaning contraption. The aim is to plunge each paw of the dog into the device. Some of these paw plungers are designed with bristles that deliver a thorough cleaning as his paws move up and down. Make sure to buy this in the appropriate size of your pooch.
Paw washer cup
The paw washer cup offers an interesting way of cleaning his paws without having to go back and forth to the sink. You only need to fill it with water and dog shampoo and you’re good to go. This is the perfect choice when you go travelling.
If you are concerned about hygiene, the dirty water and the clean water are separated inside. You have to tilt the cup to guide the flow of water in the direction you want them in.
Paw cleaning and grooming glove
This grooming glove is made of microfibre, which helps hold dirt and water effectively cleaning his paws as well as his body.
There are wet wipes specially designed for cleaning your pets, but you can also use baby wipes as it’s also free from harsh chemicals.
If you want to keep your home clean, preparation is the key. Before the rainy day comes, be sure that you are ready!
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