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How do you clean mud off your dog's paws? My backyard is a literal swamp most of the time. The ground is pretty uneven throughout my entire yard, but there's this one area in the back where the ground slopes. When it rains, the rain water is collected there and makes it all muddy (to the point where there are puddles in the mud). I take Kaizer out there most days to let him run, and obviously that muddy area is his favorite place to run through. That's okay, I don't mind. He has fun. My issue is that the mud gets caked onto his paws and it takes awhile to wipe it all off. I used to use wet wipes and scrub his paws clean, but it's not very efficient, doesn't clean his paws very well, and I end up using a lot of wet wipes.

Today I had the bright idea of filling a bowl with water and dipping his feet into it. That worked really well, the mud came off really easily and then all I had to do was squeeze his foot dry. Kaizer's had issues with me sticking his foot into bowls in the past (long story), but didn't really have an issue this time. I think I was using bowls that were too small previously, I used a bigger bowl this time. I suppose I'll start teaching it as a trick so he gets used to it.

So what do you do? How do you deal with the mud?
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Yes I've used the bowl in the past. Also works great to clean off caked snow and de-icers.

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We also use a old dog water bowl, especially when there's salt on the roads . I just take it up after cleaning her paws so she doesn't drink it.
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Isn't it funny how the mud is so much fun! We do the dipping method too but have found my girl doesn't cooperate as well if the water is cold. What a Diva... so we make sure the water is nice and warm :-)
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I use the "dip in bowl" method too. I've often thought about buying a paw plunger because Belle used to knock the bowl over sometimes because she'd try to shake her foot while I was dipping lol!

The ground here in NJ usually is frozen but this year it's been so warm, mud is becoming more of a winter thing than a spring one!

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None of our dogs take kindly to the "dipping' method. Sigh. I have to take a WARM washcloth out to wipe their paws and then I dry them with an old bath towel. Take about diva dogs.... I keep waiting for them to demand that I use Egyptian cotton towels. Lol.

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I keep waiting for them to demand that I use Egyptian cotton towels. Lol.
This literally made me laugh out loud G-bear! When it was raining hard, Belle used to come in and just sit in front of the door, waiting to be dried. I don't think she knew what Egyptian cotton was, but it would have been very like her to demand they be used on her as well. I miss her so and your comment gave me a nice remembrance.

I need a way to keep them from dragging in pine needles. We have a few large pine trees between our fence and our neighbors and with all the ice they're all over the ground and they stick in the kids tails and they drag them in. I keep finding tree bits everywhere.

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Kaizer isn't a fan of the bowl dipping method either. Warm water might work better, thanks guys! I'm not sure why I didn't think of that.

B and G mom, not sure about the pine needles. I used to live in Jersey and remember we had a lot of pine trees everywhere lol. I don't see them as much in Delaware. Maybe you could give them a quick brush everyt ime they come in? Might be difficult if they can come and go as they please though
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We have 3 dogs in the house, this winter has been bad, one day its above freezing, the next it is below, etc. The dogs come in either with snow stuck to them or mud/grass bits. Hubby started using an old gallon size ice cream bucket with warm water & dips their paws in it. It is wide & tall enough that our golden, Luna, doesn't spill it everywhere. Plus, he can put the lid on it so it doesn't get knocked sideways and spills everywhere.
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This literally made me laugh out loud G-bear! When it was raining hard, Belle used to come in and just sit in front of the door, waiting to be dried. I don't think she knew what Egyptian cotton was, but it would have been very like her to demand they be used on her as well. I miss her so and your comment gave me a nice remembrance.



I need a way to keep them from dragging in pine needles. We have a few large pine trees between our fence and our neighbors and with all the ice they're all over the ground and they stick in the kids tails and they drag them in. I keep finding tree bits everywhere.


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