Lucy, a high energy golden retriever, lives in the house with our family, and needs to have plenty of walks and exercise to keep her happy and healthy. Golden Retrievers are known to be very hairy and they love to get dirty. Digging and rolling in everything disgusting while on her daily walk is what she loves to do best. Upon returning from walks, it can be difficult to keep your home clean from muddy paws and that stinky wet dog smell. We’ve compiled a list of 5 tips to keep your dog clean between baths.
Dog’s paws are often covered in mud, and their underside usually has grass, sticks, and other mysterious things, that she’s encountered. Your dog needs to be cleaned up before she gets back into the car or the house after a fun-filled adventure. A bath every day is not healthy for your dog’s skin; it can dry your dog’s skin out, causing itchiness and irritation. The best solution is to find alternatives to get the mud and grime off after her daily walk.
Prepare ahead of time for dirty feet. For your home, have an absorbent mat by the door. Doing this will help protect your floors by soaking any excess water and prevent your pup and your family from slipping on any moisture.
- Use a portable dog shower to rinse your dog’s paws from dirt and debris thoroughly. Be sure to check the paws for any cuts or sharp items that may have lodged between the toes. Get rid of sticks and other large debris by hand, especially on the belly where it tends to get tangled.
Expert Tip: K9 Clean has a portable dog shower that is useful for keeping your vehicle clean from mud and debris. Fill it with warm water for those colder days.
- Dry your pet off with an absorbent towel. We love the messy mutts microfibre grooming mitt.
- Brush out your dog thoroughly to remove any excess dirt.
- If your dog is filthy and muddy, he may need a thorough wash. However, you should give your dog a quick clean at the door to prevent tracking germs, mud, and dirt through your house on the way to the bathtub.
Expert Tip: Keep an eye out for skin irritation from regular cleaning.
Many Dog Shampoos can contain harsh chemicals, and even water can dry out the skin. When using a shampoo for those extra muddy days, use an all-natural shampoo that has natural ingredients and is mild on your pet’s skin. K9 Clean has a great zero waste, natural dog shampoo with no chemicals added.
Dog’s need exercise, but you may not like the mud and germs he tracks back to your home. Try following these tips to make your dog house or car worthy once again. However, sometimes mud happens!
Dogs get dirty and get exposed to many grimy things on walks. The key to keeping your dog clean between baths is preparation before you leave the house!