How to Keep a Dog From Making a Carpet Muddy

by Susan Revermann Google
Keep those paws clean and trimmed.

Keep those paws clean and trimmed.

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Although those sad puppy eyes may be saying, “Please don’t be mad at me, I didn’t mean to,” you may be fed up with constantly cleaning muddy paw prints out of the carpet. Instead of grounding your pup to a lifetime on the back porch, try some dog booties or wash his paws thoroughly after he’s gallivanted through the mud puddles. Regular dog grooming and hair trimming will help, too.

Step 1

Have your dog sit in a comfortable area when he comes in from outside, such as on an old rug in the laundry room. Have a bucket of warm soap water and a washcloth ready. Use the damp washcloth to wipe his paws and leg area. Keep him on the rug until his feet are dry before you let him roam through the house again. Offer a doggie treat for good behavior.

Step 2

Keep his nails and leg hair trimmed to help prevent extra mud from clinging to these areas. A professional groomer can do a wonderful job trimming those up.

Step 3

Purchase two pairs of doggie booties that fit your specific type of dog. These often have flexible, rubber soles and are made of a nylon mesh upper body. They have Velcro straps that you can tighten to keep the booties snug and in place as he tromps around outside. You simply loosen the strap, gently raise your dog’s paw off the ground, slip the paw into the bootie and tighten the strap snugly. Repeat on all paws. When you first bring these home, your dog may not like them or know what he thinks of them. Be patient and keep trying, it’s worth it and much easier than cleaning a muddy carpet.

Items You Will Need

  • Water
  • Mild soap
  • Wash clothes
  • Dog treats
  • Dog booties

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Susan Revermann is a professional writer with educational and professional experience in psychology, research and teaching. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington in psychology, focused on research, motivational behavior and statistics. Revermann also has a background in art, crafts, green living, outdoor activities and overall fitness, balance and well-being.

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