What Can I Use in My Backyard to Prevent My Dogs From Tracking in Mud?

by Jean Marie Bauhaus Google
Cleaning your dog's muddy tracks gets old fast.

Cleaning your dog's muddy tracks gets old fast.

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Muddy paws can be the bane of a dog owner’s existence, especially on a rainy day when keeping the floor clean feels like an exercise in futility. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to prevent little paws from coming into contact with mud in the first place, and they don’t involve forcing Fido to wear doggie booties.

Look After the Lawn

Prevent muddy spots from forming in your lawn in the first place by practicing good lawn maintenance. Keep the lawn lush with regular watering, and fill in bare areas with grass seed, sod or ground covering plants. Check with a local landscaping nursery or with an agricultural university extension to determine the best type of grass and plants for your area, as well as which varieties grow best in either sunny or shady conditions.

Lay Down Hardscaping

Another way to tackle muddy spots in your yard is to cover them with hardscaping. Gravel and decorative stone are both easy, affordable and attractive options. You can also use brick, paving stones or cement to build pathways and patios. For pet-friendly landscaping, Sunset.com recommends laying down pathways along fences and other parts of the yard that your dog likes to patrol and explore.

Mulch the Mud

For flower beds, raised gardens and other areas where neither grass nor hardscaping is practical, cover the dirt with a layer of mulch to prevent your dog’s paws from coming into contact with mud. Cedar chips are a pet-friendly type of mulch that won’t hurt paws or get tangled in fur.

Throw Down a Rug

Chances are, no amount of prevention will completely keep the mud off of your dog’s paws. You can still help to clean your dog’s feet and keep the majority of the mud and dirt outside by laying an outdoor rug or a strip of AstroTurf outside the back door. Place it in a position where your dog can’t avoid walking across it to enter the house, and it should trap the worst of the mud before your pooch’s paws come into contact with your clean floor.

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About the Author

After more than a decade of devoting her people-helping skills to the confines of one company, one department, one office at a time, Jean Bauhaus has decided that it's finally time to remove the boundaries and expand her availability to the far reaches of the Internet. She has worked in the corporate world, in various support roles, since 1997, all the while honing her skills in web design, blogging and desktop publishing, and refining her craft as a writer of both non-fiction and prose. She has also decided that the time has come to parlay years of experience copy editing and proofreading papers, articles, short stories and novels for friends and colleagues into a workable profession, having recently completed formal copy editor training at Mediabistro. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her husband Matt and their three pets. When she's not working for clients, she's usually working on her novel.