How To Keep Dirty Paws Away From The House!
26 September, 2011

If you have a dog or an outdoor cat, there is no doubt that you have had to deal with the dirty paw syndrome. And, as we all know, when our beloved pets track their dirty or muddy paws throughout the house, it is a pain to clean up. And, of course, all you need to do is turn on the sprinkler or hose down the backyard and our pets will invariably get those annoying muddy/wet paws.

Below are some recommendations on how to deal with the dirty paw syndrome.

ALWAYS HAVE AN OLD TOWEL NEARBY

Use an old towel or even an old oven mitt as their foot wipe. Keep it right by the doorway either outside or right inside the house.

PURCHASE A TEXTURED WELCOME MAT

Get a textured or carpeted welcome or mud mat. Place it in front of the door where your dogs enter and exit after playing in the yard. You may also want to place one by the front door when you take walks with your dog and there are some puddles that he or she has stepped on.

TRY TO HAVE YOUR TEXURTED MAT AS THE GO-TO PLACE UPON ENTERING

It isn’t easy, but if you can train your dog to sit on the mud mat when he first enters the house, that would be ideal. This may take a few tries since most dogs want to burst back into the house and head straight to the water bowl. However, once your dog understands that he or she must sit first on the mat, you can get them used to having his or her feet wiped off. This might take some patience and time on your part, but it can be done!

If you have an indoor/outdoor cat, try to get him used to having his coat and feet wiped down when reentering the house. If your cat won’t stand still, simply pick him up, give him some love and wipe his feet, tail, and anywhere else that is dirty. A treat doesn’t hurt either.

HAVE A BLANKET IN THE BACK SEAT (FOR DOGS)

After a good run at the dog park, your dog most likely will be dirty and muddy. Consider getting a washable car seat for the back seat or tossing down an old blanket that your dog can lay on. This will keep the dirt off your car seats and add a little extra comfort to their ride home. If you pop your dog in a crate or use the car seats for dogs, line it with an old blanket or towel to help keep it clean.

PURCHASE GROOMING WIPES

Consider keeping grooming wipes in the house and car for when your dog has dirty feet or just needs a little wipe down. Many actually have ingredients like tea tree oil that are good for their skin.

Hope these tips help keep your pets’ paws clean and you all the happier for it! Join Petpav.com for the best pet social networking!

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