You love your dog to bits, but may be fed up with constantly cleaning muddy paw prints out of the carpet. Instead of grounding your beloved pooch to a lifetime on the back porch, try the following anti-dirt-tracking tips after he's spent a day gallivanting through mud puddles.
How to Stop a Dog From Tracking Mud Indoors
Items You Will Need
• Old, comfortable rug
• Mild soap
• Wash cloths
• Dog treats
• Dog booties
Tip #1 - Comfortable Wash Area
Have your dog sit in a comfortable, designated wash area when he comes in from outside, such as on an old rug in the laundry room. Keep a sealed container of treats in this area for easy access, and give him a treat for sitting down and staying in this area. This will make him more willing to follow you to the wash area whenever he needs cleaning. Have a bucket of water, soap, and a washcloth ready. Dampen the washcloth with water and soap to wipe his paws and leg area. Dry him with a towel. Offer another doggie treat for good behavior.
Tip #2 - Good Grooming
Keep his nails and leg hair trimmed to help prevent extra mud from clinging to these areas. A professional groomer can do a wonderful job trimming those up.
Tip #3 - Invest in Dog Booties
Purchase two pairs of doggie booties that fit your specific type of dog. These often have flexible, rubber soles and are made of a nylon mesh upper body. They have Velcro straps that you can tighten to keep the booties snug and in place as he tromps around outside. You simply loosen the strap, gently raise your dog's paw off the ground, slip the paw into the bootie and tighten the strap snugly. Repeat on all paws. When you first bring these home, your dog may not like them or know what he thinks of them. Be patient and keep trying, it's worth it and much easier than cleaning a muddy carpet.
By Susan Revermann
About the Author
Susan Revermann is a professional writer with educational and professional experience in psychology, research and teaching. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington in psychology, focused on research, motivational behavior and statistics. Revermann also has a background in art, crafts, green living, outdoor activities and overall fitness, balance and well-being.