Cleaning up after pets is a never-ending project; and never more so than when it's raining outside and the dog barrels inside with muddy paws. But there are a few ways to stop the mud from entering your house in the first place.
Place a wide industrial floor mat both outside and inside the door frequented by the dogs. These mats are designed to catch dirt and mud, as well as prevent slips and falls. Simply wash them off with a hose for easy clean-off.
Keep a stack of old towels next to the doors where dogs frequently enter. Wipe their paws off with a towel before they enter the house, and toss the dirty towels in the laundry for clean-up. Teach your dog to wait for paw wiping before he enters the house.
Create a mudroom -- if you don't already have one -- by using an attached garage, walk-out basement, sunroom, porch or laundry room that can be entered from the outside; doors can always be added to make an entrance. Use this room for clean-up before a wet dog is allowed entrance to the rest of the house.
Fit your dog with boots that are made to keep his paws dry during inclement weather. The boots slide on and attach with a simple fastener and can then be removed upon his return to the interior of the house.
- A bucket of water can be left outside the door to dip the dog's feet in prior to toweling them off.
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."