The fella in the picture is our Standard Poodle, Deacon, and he’s worse than three toddlers when it comes to tracking dirt and debris into our house. And he’s got two fewer feet. But the feet he has are perfect for holding mud (and fouler!) between his pads until such time as he traipses across one of our oriental rugs, depositing smears as he goes. This had to end.The easiest way to deal with dirt is to prevent it from getting in your house in the first place.
Here’s how to do that:
Purchase dog boots and use them when outside conditions warrant. Of course, the earlier you start using these with your dog, the more readily they will adapt to them. (I recommend filming the first time you put them on your dog – hilarious. Send it into America’s Funniest Home Videos and you could win $10,000.)
Keep a bucket & towel next to the door to rinse and dry your pooch’s feet before he comes in the house. Yes, this is work – especially if you have more than one dog – but remember, it’s also work cleaning those floors and rugs. Pick your poison.
Place mats at the entrances your dog uses. And don’t be chintzy on the size. You want your dog to be able to get all his feet on it, and better yet, to be able to take a full step or two across it. A runner is ideal anywhere you have the space for it. You can purchase mats specially designed for pets. The have large, microfiber nap that essentially wipes between your dog’s pads as they walk across.
Remember, all the dirt your dog brings in the house is not on his feet. Neither is it all “dirt”. You get my meaning. For that reason, I keep a package of baby wipes handy to help a buddy out. Bathe your dog, as needed, to keep body grime from soiling your carpets and rugs.
As far as cleaning is concerned, shed fur is dirt. It’s not much of an issue when you have a poodle or other non-shedding breed. But most dogs shed. So brush your dog as shedding seasons necessitate. Do it outside, away from entrances so that the fur isn’t carried by a breeze back inside your house.
Follow these tips and visitors to your house will be surprised to learn a four-footed friend lives with you.