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Old 12-10-2012, 09:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Muddy/wet paws advice

Ok, so winter started and now snow is here, while this is all very exciting and all new for the doggies, there's something that's stressing me out: the wet paws after they come in the house!!, I do dry them with a towel every time they come in, but my husband thinks that's not enough and he actually wants me to WASH them every time, I'm a bit concerned because I dont know if this is good for their paws and also it would be a pain in the butt to have to do it every time, although if that's my only solution I will. So I wanted to ask anyone who lives in cold areas with snow, OR a lot of rain and mud, how do you manage this and if you can give me any advise on it. Thanks for your help!

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Old 12-10-2012, 09:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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How about your husband does the washing/drying?

I wipe mine's paws with a towel every time they come back in the house from a walk or from the garden just with a dry towel, if theyre really muddy then I might hose their paws off on the patio.
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I saw these the other day... I live in south Florida so don't have this problem but occasionally have someone come back in with pee on their foot. :-/ I just use dog bath wipes for that. I keep them right by the door.


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I saw these the other day... I live in south Florida so don't have this problem but occasionally have someone come back in with pee on their foot. :-/ I just use dog bath wipes for that. I keep them right by the door.


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HA! ... He wouldnt know how to lol, he's a very spoiled man , its ok I'm not complaining he is very very good to me, so I dont mind going out of my way a bit to make him happy

The hosing wouldn't be an option now since is winter here, snow and all, we put the hoes away for the winter. or else water freezes inside them
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We have a brand new house with no grass. Auuuugh it was a pain in the butt when it rained. We tried everything.

So when it was overly muddy what we did was take a little ice cream pail with water and give him a thorough clean on every paw. Then we used a towel. I hated rainy days with potty training...

But now that it's just snow, I use baby wipes. I still have to clean my floor all the time, but it isn't nearly so bad.
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But now that it's just snow, I use baby wipes. I still have to clean my floor all the time, but it isn't nearly so bad.
I was thinking about baby wipes as well so I'm happy to see I'm not the only one and they are actually an option
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Hi

I wipe their paws with a dry towel but also place towels on the floor where they walk and stand.

Baby gates stop them from just running into the main room ( cream carpet !! )

I do use baby wipes especially if one has stood on a pooh !!

If they are really wet/muddy I also put towels over the sofa or their beds.



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Thor attracts mud I think. He likes to pounce in it so it sprays all over the inside of his legs, chest, etc. I even found some splashes on his head before. And when my adorable children dig to find the best tasting mud (don't say it I know they are weird) they nearly triple they paw sizes with mud. That little cup thing wouldn't do the trick. I have towels or sometimes old blankets by the back door on the floor, baby gate the living room and I use a small bucket and washcloths to clean their paws and dry them thoroughly with a towel. If they are just a little bit dirty I try to get away with just using a damp washcloths and drying with towel. What I would like is a doggy car wash solution installed between the house and the backyard complete with drying chamber and a treat system to get them to go through it. Anybody come up with a design for it?
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I just moved into a new house yesterday, and, of course, it rained - needless to say I didn't wipe the dogs' paws off after they came inside (I wasn't thinking!!) and now my house is covered in muddy paw prints! AHH!
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Rupert stepped in a poop i'd missed in our garden the other day and when he realised he was grossed out (he kept lifting his paw up) he then made a run for the door where I had forgotten to shut the stair gate, so he ran through the kitchen into the living room (brand new carpet!), up the carpeted stairs and into the carpeted bedroom where he jumped onto the bed NOT a nice cleanup operation!
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Rupert stepped in a poop i'd missed in our garden the other day and when he realised he was grossed out (he kept lifting his paw up) he then made a run for the door where I had forgotten to shut the stair gate, so he ran through the kitchen into the living room (brand new carpet!), up the carpeted stairs and into the carpeted bedroom where he jumped onto the bed NOT a nice cleanup operation!

heheh this is just too cute Amelia.
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Thanks everyone for your techniques and advise, so it looks like there's no easy way around it, darn it! I was hoping for an easy solution :-P ...of course dobes had to make me work harder.*sigh*

So I guess baby wipes, or washing it is
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I've discovered the hard way that if Chanel is chasing a ball or running in wet grass, she'll get dirt in her nails & pads & will need her feet dunked - a wet cloth or a dry towel does not get the dirt out.

I have a small bucket, put each foot in and shake it, then dry it (mostly) and let her go. I'm okay with wet feet, not so happy with muddy ones so if I'm not going to have time to wash her before work, we walk with no ball chasing.

It's a pita, but better than keeping her on pavement or having to clean carpets / wash floors.
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Deck did that once and looked absolutely MORTIFIED that he'd stepped in his own poop.
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I do dry them with a towel every time they come in, but my husband thinks that's not enough and he actually wants me to WASH them every time,
Lmao I think we're married to the same man! Any big fight we get into is because he doesn't think I clean the dog's feet well enough, and we don't "live in an effing barn."

He wants me to spend 10 minutes out in the garage washing and cleaning his feet in a bucket, which is completely unnecessary IMO. I wipe them with a clean dry towel til no more dirt comes off and then I let him in. What's wrong with that?? I think he's just overly anal about it for no reason...

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I posted about this as well because we live in Indiana. I have tried everything, so I use a dry towel and make sure to get inbetween pads and under claws. We have also decided to put a Kennel run right outside the back door and fill the bottom with pea gravel. Hopefully that will help. It is not like we have grass after 2 dobermans anyway.
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In this particular house my dogs come in through a slider that opens into the kitchen. Immediately inside the door is a 3' x 5' short napped rug (so that it's easy to vacuum) and just to the left of it is a big crate with a cheap blanket in it. I train the dogs (this is lovely rainy muddy Portland, Oregon after all) to come in the door, sit and since they wear muzzles outside because they yank up huge chunks of grass complete with roots and after one close call with a near obstruction because of this habit I prefer to solve the problem by muzzleing them--I take off the muzzle and send them into the crate. Then I let the next dog in.

I do the same thing with that dog and let the first dog out of the crate. Even a few minutes on the blanket walking around takes almost all the dirt off their feet.

I also have the kitchen baby gated so they can't go charging off into the pale beige carpeting that is in the rest of the house.

I wash the blanket (actually I have several of them--they're the ones with holes that I don't use for shows any more every couple of days.

If the dog yard is really, really muddy I walk the dogs around to the outside garage door and bring them in there where I have a bucket of water and rinse their feet, blot them with a dog towel and then they go into the crate to finish drying their feet.

50 years of muddy dog feet including an afghan hound who could carry a lot of mud in on his feet and an Aussie who tracked in more mud than the three Dobes who lived with him and I can figure out the easy way of doing this.
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Lmao I think we're married to the same man! Any big fight we get into is because he doesn't think I clean the dog's feet well enough, and we don't "live in an effing barn."

He wants me to spend 10 minutes out in the garage washing and cleaning his feet in a bucket, which is completely unnecessary IMO. I wipe them with a clean dry towel til no more dirt comes off and then I let him in. What's wrong with that?? I think he's just overly anal about it for no reason...

If you find a solution, please let me know!
OMG WE are married to the same man!!! LOL

Yeah, I think he would love it if our dogs pawa were made out of Mr.Clean or something lol
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:08 PM   #20 (permalink)
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In the muddy time of year, I get a couple of bales of straw and put it in the muddy spots. Make sure you get straw, not hay. Hay is too fine textured. Straw really forms a protective mat with it's coarse stalks. I also let her in from the basement where I have a towel for her to walk across. If it's really bad, I wipe her undercarriage.
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Those mudrugs are expensive, but they're totally worth it.. I never wipe my dogs' paws..

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Be careful,, some ppl think free range in all circumstances is the answer,, and gates are a no no,, but for Keno and Chico,, when it's muddy out,,.I use a Sham-Wow for their paws because they hold alot of moisture,.for mud, I wet the shammy with warm water and just wipe the mud off. Not bad and they seem to like it. When it's not bad I just use baby wipes. You get like 300 from Walmart for like 6 bucks. I usually try to get the ones with Aloe because I don't want their paws to dry completely out and crack..

Oh,, and about once or twice a week I rub the paws with Mutt Moisturizer. (Lotion for short hair dogs)
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dglvr: The Soggy Doggy Doormat looks amazing!! anyone else has used it?? and if yes, what do you guys think?? the reviews seem great and also de demonstration video
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We had slight mud problems once, on a spot heading to the detacked garage (behind the house)...worn out grass, from foot traffic.
- so I put down patio stones, and dog also used them to stay off the wet grass (as much as possible)

Also, over the years, we changed all the house floors - from carpet & vinyl to hardwood & porcelain tile.
- very easy to keep clean now
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Soggy Doggy mat and teach circle dog could wipe own paws.?
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