I guess this is a pet/home improvement combo question. I have 7 rescue dogs that live inside but go outside to play and to use the bathroom. We have a very large fenced in yard. We also have a septic tank and well and so there is a hill in the back yard. When they go out they have to go through a very large mud pit (unless it hasn't rained in a week or two) to get to the rest of the yard to relieve themselves.
When they come back in everything becomes a muddy mess. Honestly this has gotten to the point where it is driving me CRAZY! My boyfriend and I are both on very limited incomes. Does anyone have any ideas on anything we can do to help resolve our problem. Getting rid of our dogs IS NOT an option. Thank you so much
By Shannon Register from FL
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Put doggie shoes or make your own to go over their paws when they go outside and take them off when they come back in. You could also have hand towels, buckets of warm water and cloth to wash/wipe off their paws each time they come back inside. It's work with that many paws to keep clean often, but a labor of love.
I agree with Lorelei in that wiping paws may help. What I do is limit their access to the house once they come in. From the yard, they enter through the kitchen. I have a big washable rug that catches much right inside the door.
I agree with Lorelei. The best way to prevent it is to clean their feet when they come in. You may have to let them in one at a time to do it.
I taught my dog an "on the rug" command and he stands on the throw rug when he comes in. I keep an old towel in a bucket by the door, and lift his paws one at a time to clean them. Now he is so used to it, he lifts his paws on his own for me!
Drop a load of sand or pea gravel in the mud hole?
Can you plant a ground cover for that part of the yard?
Considering how late it was in the season when we had the situation below, we opted for planting winter rye grass. This helped. Then the rain swished the seeds to one side of the yard, so we scattered some more seed.
We had a similar situation with a tree that had to be chopped down (before it fell in a high wind). The grass that used to grow under it was shade grass, so of course, the blazing sun light crisped it up and then that part of the yard became muddy.
We've tried everything from attempting to wipe feet every time our (very large) dog came back in, to doggy-booties, to covering entry points with mats, old throw rugs or towels. All of these were time consuming, ineffective, were just as problematic to clean, or left the house looking just as bad as the muddy footprints (i.e. washing filthy mats/towels or having them all over the floor) We finally found a pretty good and inexpensive solution in covering the patio outside of the back entry the dog uses with very bristly outdoor matting. We covered enough space so that our dog has to cross four to five feet, or more of it, no matter which direction he comes across the yard from, and during "muddy season" we hose it down fairly regularly to keep it effective.
I realize that this might not be as easy for those who don't happen to have a wide cement patio outside whatever door there dogs need to use, but perhaps a temporary base of scrap planking or used pallets could be used to attach the matting? Pallets, particularly would be heavy enough not to slide or shift, and can be obtained for free or minimal cost from shipping companies, warehouses, etc. Hopefully this suggestion will be somewhat helpful for at least a few, but we are still looking for the "perfect" solution ourselves, so keep posting!
I understand your situation as I am in exactly the same boat and still haven't found a perfect solution. I do put down a LOT of mats, old towels, and recently started putting an xpen around the couch which all helps but there are still muddy paw prints EVERYwhere! I am beginning to think this just might be how our life goes in the winter with so many rescues & fosters.
where did you order your floor mats from?
I have the same problem. Unfortunately my dogs are diggers, but only dig near the back door. When it rains, we have muddy paw prints from the back door to my dining room.
I am wondering the same thing but only different because I live in Minnesota so when the snow melts it turns into mud.......I also have a 4 month old German Shepherd and she just loves to play in the mud but then tracks it all in the house and i need to figure a way out of this dirty loophole that this dog as created.
I have 8 Pit Bulls that I rescued in 04/2010...Well, actually I had saved Momma Mia from a backyard breeder... I heard that he had gotten arrested so I made an offer to take her for FREE but saw that there were two small children so I paid $75 to have her paroled. My original idea was that I would get her spayed and rehomed.
Well, before I could act on my bright idea... On June 17, 2010, Mia had 11 puppies... So what I have in my Pittie-Full Crew are Momma Mia and 7 of her last litter... Because I asked the owners to contact me before surrendering them over to our local Animal "Catch & Kill" Center!!! It is a fact that it is their policy that if a Pit Bull is Owner Surrendered, the K-9 gets moved to the top of the PTS list, without any wait period for possible rehoming. So 2 were returned, enlarging my Fur-Family to the total of 8, 4 female and 4 males!!! It is extremely important to let them meet & greet on neutral ground and to all the newcomer time to decompress... AND have them ALL altered, aka spayed or neutered, especially the males!!! Thanks to local Grants and discounted low income adjustments, the Pittie-Full Crew was FIXED so that our Fur-Family would have any additional surprises for me!!!
Since I had became a Failed Foster Dog-Mom, I had to learn by trial and errors how to deal with many exciting events, like muddy paws!!! Just doing the math, going in & out once 8x4=32 paw prints; going in & out twice 32x2=64 prints; et cetera... By accident, I had a storm door that had the bottom glass section broken out by a rock thrown by the weedeater while doing yardwork. So instead of repairing it, I removed all of the remaining glass, then placed a small kiddie pool in front of it during the Summer and bring it inside during the Winter with towels on the floor for drip-drying. That arrangement has helped tremendously... That is, after I taught every one of them (with treats) that walking through the water was what I liked... Cuz there were a couple of puddle jumpers that could clear the entire pool in one leap!!! LOL!!! Also, I have improved the drying process by removing the regular towels and replacing them with several large micro-fiber towels with the fingers (looks like shag carpeting - Old Skoolers will remember that floor covering) and sewed them together... SUCCESS!!! It seems to attract even more of the mud off their feet even better!!!
Other Tips & Tricks:
1. Use a extra large window squeegee to mop my wall to wall carpets and hardwood floors to pick up the dog hairs.
2. Wear protective vinyl gloves and use a car wash sponge to trap their hair off of the furniture where they insist on sleeping.
3. Buy the super-sized bag of baking soda (found in the pool supplies area) to spread onto the carpeting and furniture to control the fleas. The baking soda kills the eggs and larvae by dehydrating them.
4. Keep the wipes canister with a couple of inches of water and a few drops of Dawn to drown the adult fleas when picked off of them.
5. Learn that Dog Hairs are a Fashion Accessory!!!
P.S. Before April 2010: I was trained by a Traditional Korean Mom that required that ALL shoes were required to be taken off by the entry door or else!!! After June 2010: ALL of MY Therapists have WET NOSES!!! LOL!!!
Thanks for sharing your story and tips. You should enter your dogs into our Pet Contest. I'm sure all our readers would love to hear about Momma Mia and the rest of your fur family.
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