Your child did the unthinkable and smashed putty on the dog, or left it on the floor and the dog rolled around in it. While there's no instant fix, several items on hand are good at removing the stubborn, sticky substance from carpet, hair or your poor dog's fur.
Lead your dog into the bathtub or his normal bathing area. This will allow you to spray or pour water over the affected area as you work.
Remove as much of the putty as you can from your dog's fur. Gently pick at the putty with a hair comb or your fingernail to scrape away large globs or small pieces.
Pour a generous amount of oil, conditioner or rubbing alcohol into the palm of your hand. Gently work it into the remaining putty with your fingers. Massage it into the surrounding fur.
Start at the fur furthest away from the body and pick out the softened putty with the comb. Rinse the comb in warm water occasionally to remove putty particles and fur. Continue moving inward toward the dog's skin.
Rinse the affected area by spraying it with warm water, or pour a cup of warm water over your dog's fur. This will remove some putty particles and allow you to see what is still clinging stubbornly to your dog's fur.
Reapply the baby oil, conditioner or rubbing alcohol to the area if putty remains. Continue to gently pull at the putty with the comb until it is removed.
Wash the affected area with dog shampoo to remove any residue from the putty, as well as the cleaning agent. Rinse out the soap and towel dry your dog.
Items You Will Need
- Baby oil, hair conditioner or rubbing alcohol
- Warm water
- Dog shampoo
Lori Lapierre holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science in public relations/communications. For 17 years, she worked for a Fortune 500 company before purchasing a business and starting a family. She is a regular freelancer for "Living Light News," an award-winning national publication. Her past writing experience includes school news reporting, church drama, in-house business articles and a self-published mystery, "Duty Free Murder."