Besides the beautiful site of pretty flowers, springtime is the time for muddy paws!
Before your dogs track mud all over your home, here are a few tips to make the situation livable.
Set Up a Muddy Dog Paw Cleaning Area!
The best place to set up a muddy paw cleaning area is obviously just outside the door that leads to the mud! Make sure you have all the muddy paw cleaning necessities there so you can act before your dogs turn your house into a swamp.
In your muddy paw “arsenal,” you’ll need a shallow container filled with clean water, a towel, baby wipes, and a waste basket! If you don’t like these items lying around, add a neat container or stash them in places where they are easily accessible.
The hardest part will be teaching your dog to wait before rushing through the door! We all know the “let me in because I need to go out” syndrome! It’s just part and parcel of what makes our dogs so special.
Place your waiting pup’s paws in the water, one at a time, to loosen and dissolve some mud. Next, dry and wipe each paw! You might need some help at first, but your dog should quickly get the routine!
This will not only save you a lot of vacuuming and cleaning but also help boost your bonding with your furry friend.
Be patient! Dogs have no notion of the human’s objection to dirt – for them mud equals fun!
Trim Nails and Paw Hair
This is a really good time to trim your dog’s nails and paw hair!
It all helps! Mud sticks to everything, including long nails and excessive paw hair! Long nails can have a negative effect on your dog. So, if you’ve been a bit slack about nail care in winter, now’s the time to start trimming.
To trim the paw hair, use blunt-tipped scissors and cut away excess hair between the paw pads and around paws. Neat paws are easier to clean and collect less mud!
Dogs love mud, but that doesn’t mean you should as well!