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Dog owners - muddy feet

PoodleheadPoodlehead Posts: 6,959Registered Users
Dog owners, what do you do to prevent your dog from tracking mud all over the house? My husband was watering trees, so we had a preview of what our winter and spring will be like with the dog tramping in and out of the muck. We were able to grab him and wipe him down with a towel before he got too far, but even his muzzle was muddy.

It seems like it should be simple-- I have three kids, after all, but I can get them to take their shoes off. No such luck with the dog.

I love the puppy, but he really makes me appreciate the cat.
Minneapolis, MN

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  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Posts: 24,963Banned Users Curl Neophyte
    lol...we got the pooch some of those doggie shoes....yes, it was funny as hell watching him getting used to them........ :toothy10: :oops:
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  • rileybrileyb Posts: 1,975Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I just wipe her down with an old towel when I let her back in - do you have a dog door?

    As a dog owner, never throw away an old towel!
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  • ninja dogninja dog Posts: 23,780Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Towel, towel, towel, and reward afterward, so pup knows it's fun.
  • PoodleheadPoodlehead Posts: 6,959Registered Users
    ninja dog wrote: »
    Towel, towel, towel, and reward afterward, so pup knows it's fun.
    Dang, I always forget the reward!
    Minneapolis, MN
  • ninja dogninja dog Posts: 23,780Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    If it's cheese, you get some, too.
  • rileybrileyb Posts: 1,975Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Lucie loves getting toweled off, she is a nut. She also has made the association that it happens when it's raining/snowing out, so she will come in and stand next to the towels that hang on a hook next to the back door and jump around waiting for me to dry her off.
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  • MichelleBFTMichelleBFT Posts: 4,812Registered Users
    Zoe has figured out (on her own, we're not very diligent trainers) that when she's wet, she has to sit by the door when she comes in to get toweled off. Sometimes if it's dewey out and we didn't know, she'll sit there and look at us like, "Well???" if we don't immediately reach for the towel.

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  • eche428eche428 Posts: 2,782Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    When I was a kid we kept an old ice cream bucket by the back door. When we let the dog out we'd fill it with a few inches of warm water. Our dog was trained so when he came in he knew to stop at the bucket. We'd dunk one foot at a time in the bucket and towel it off. He was super patient and got lots of love and hugs after. I think he liked that as much as being outside.
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  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Posts: 10,572Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    eche428 wrote: »
    When I was a kid we kept an old ice cream bucket by the back door. When we let the dog out we'd fill it with a few inches of warm water. Our dog was trained so when he came in he knew to stop at the bucket. We'd dunk one foot at a time in the bucket and towel it off. He was super patient and got lots of love and hugs after. I think he liked that as much as being outside.
    That's an excellent idea! :) We usually just use an old towel. Military khaki brown ones just for doggies! ;) Jasper's feet are usually just wet, not muddy. But I have used a bucket in the past for super muddy feet that won't wipe clean.
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  • FieryCurlsFieryCurls Posts: 2,904Registered Users
    CurliLocks wrote: »
    eche428 wrote: »
    When I was a kid we kept an old ice cream bucket by the back door. When we let the dog out we'd fill it with a few inches of warm water. Our dog was trained so when he came in he knew to stop at the bucket. We'd dunk one foot at a time in the bucket and towel it off. He was super patient and got lots of love and hugs after. I think he liked that as much as being outside.
    That's an excellent idea! :) We usually just use an old towel. Military khaki brown ones just for doggies! ;) Jasper's feet are usually just wet, not muddy. But I have used a bucket in the past for super muddy feet that won't wipe clean.

    Those ugly things work for kids, too. We make sure to grab one of those towels if it looks like rain or has been raining.
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  • ninja dogninja dog Posts: 23,780Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I love the bucket method.
  • NetGNetG Posts: 8,116Registered Users
    We have a mud room with an excessively large entry rug plus a mat outside the door. The mud room is also the laundry room. We close the door if it's too messy out so they can't just use the doggie door constantly, and it means when we do let them out if we close the door they essentially wipe their own feet being impatient in the mud room waiting for their turn to get toweled off. The bucket method sounds great for any really bad days.
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