Muddy Paws? We Have Solutions!

The weather is warming up, the flowers will start to bloom, the grass will start to turn green, the ground will get… muddy.

Muddy Paws Tips for Your Pet Dogs

Muddy paws is a never ending issue we pet parents have to face. Especially in the Spring season. There are some solutions that can help though, but best of all – prevention!

Prevention is key when it comes to muddy paws. Not that we can technically prevent paws from getting dirty, because let’s face it, there is simply no way around that. But what we can prevent is keeping those muddy paws off of our clean floors as well as our furniture.

But how you ask?

  • Purchase a floor runner for inside your door. One made from absorbent material would be best to help soak up the mud.
  • Have a towel handy right inside your door.
  • Try a bucket of water. Keep it just outside your door, and before your pooch comes in, dip his paws in the water, give them a quick dry with a towel. This will help keep the majority of mud out of your house.
  • Disposable wipes. While this can get costly, I would recommend a towel instead, however disposable wipes can come in handy in a pinch!
  • Teach your dog to wipe his paws! This sounds more complicated than it actually is.
  • Contain it. If you are lucky enough to have a door that leads straight to your kitchen or somewhere with an easy to clean floor – sometimes a baby gate to contain them to one area is a great idea. Once you get their paws all cleaned off, a quick mop will be much faster than having to chase your pooch all over the house cleaning muddy paw prints.
  • Paw cleaning mitt! Yes they make these! And they are super handy. The mitt allows better control over your pups paw without having to hang onto a towel while you attempt a paw clean!
  • If your dog is anxious about having his paws touched, try feeding yummy high value treats while you dry him up.
  • Boots! If your dog will wear them, throw on a pair of booties before going out to play in the mud!

A combination of some of these can be very useful as well. My top recommended steps are as follows:

  • Purchase a runner for your floor wherever the dog comes inside from.
  • Dip your pups paws in a bucket of water just outside your door.
  • Quick towel dry once inside on the runner.

There you have it, keep those paws clean, but don’t be afraid to get a little muddy!

Do you have any tips to add to this list? Share with us in the comments!

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Jenna Drady is the author and creator of She is a mother of two beautiful daughters and 3 Siberian Huskies. Being a husky mom for a long duration of her life, Jenna was inspired to begin writing about them. In doing so, she began doing massive research on dog behavior, and all things dog in general. Jenna is inspired everyday by her family, and loves to bring her readers valuable information as well as a little humor too! Jenna has created her own business partnered with her lovely mother while blogging called Pawz N Clawz Jewelry N Things. They currently sell handmade jewelry with added pet charms, as well as a few dog toys too! As an animal rights activist, and huge believer in helping pets who have been stuck in shelters, they donate a portion of their sales to local shelters throughout Canada.

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20 Responses to Muddy Paws? We Have Solutions!

  1. Nichole says:

    We are officially in MUD season here…with snow still melting!

  2. I have several of these absorbent floor mats both at the doors to the outside, and from the kitchen (slate) floor into the (carpeted) living room area. It helps but there are still “dog places” we have to intermittently spot clean.

  3. Mr. N goes straight from the door into the sink! He has hair so mud sticks.

  4. Joely Smith says:

    I remember having these issues. Nowadays with having all wood floors – I honestly do not care much. I mean it’s not like we live in a barn haha, but I do not stress it. I just keep a mop and steam vac ever at my side. I do have a runner and it helps a lot. I do like your tips too. I may have to try a paw cleaning mit!

  5. Jana Rade says:

    Mud is one of the things we learned to accept as a fact of life ;-)

  6. Kamira says:

    I ‘ve never owned a dog however have seen dogs walking on a rainy day with yellow rain hat, coat and rain booties in NYC. After reading your post I realize that was more than just a fashion statement…especially the booties. I imagine those booties saved that dog owner much hassle on that rainy day. Great tips!

  7. Beth says:

    Door mats and floor runners are a great way to stop the muddy paw prints. I’d like to wipe down their paws too, but honestly, I am much too lazy to wipe 12 paws off 5-6 times a day.

  8. Dash Kitten says:

    We have clay, heavy Clay *sigh* so we get muddy stuff, although as our cats track in paw prints all over the shiny floors I race around with a mop! I wonder if ours would take to little boots?

    These are some useful and practical tips. Thank you.

  9. Muddy season has officially begun here in MA. With three dogs and 12 muddy paws, it’s like a loosing battle! lol I have a towel that I hang on the door to try and wipe them up as they come inside. If only I could get them to wipe their own paws! ;)

  10. Carol Bryant says:

    We have one of those doorknob towels that gets washed weekly. We use a 4Knines cover for the seats, too.

  11. Anonymous says:

    During the wet spring it is certainly harder to stay on top of the mud but a floor runner has made so much difference in reducing the amount of mud tracked in. I find that it is easier for me to keep the house clean this time of year than the car because I have a door mat outside and the floor runner inside. The only tip I would add is adding a gate or some other block from the hallway to the rest of the house as this allows me to wipe the dogs down before they go into the rest of the house.

  12. Thankfully I don’t have to deal with this issue, but the paw cleaning mitt sounds neat! I think I would give that a try!

  13. Alison Reder says:

    It is always a challenge to keep the house clean during the wet spring season. Having a floor runner in the front hall definitely made a difference! I have a much harder time keeping the car clean this time of year. The only tip I would add is having a gate or some other way to block the entry way. It gives me a chance to wipe the dogs down before they head into the rest of the house.

  14. Sonja says:

    Mud season for sure … for us a 3.5 pounds a quick little rinse in the kitchen sink is all that is needed. LOL

  15. Luckily, I don’t have problems with muddy paws since the girls say indoors. I agree with your three top strategies.

  16. Robin says:

    Pet wipes have been very helpful around my home! My kitties don’t ever have muddy paws (they would never dream of it LOL), but Dexter often steps in his poop. That’s close to muddy paws, right? It has gotten a lot better as he has grown up, but there is nothing like seeing poopy paw prints trailing down the hallway.

  17. These are great, simple ideas to solve a problem. We hope a lot of dog owners take advantage of this advice.

  18. We are just coming out of a two week rainy spell, it was a nightmare trying to keep mud messes to a minimum. For my dogs, I use a combination of towels and premoistened wipes. Most of my dog walking clients provide a towel so I can wipe paws when we come in from walk. Helps a lot!

  19. Cathy Armato says:

    Ugh muddy paws drive me nuts!! Thanks goodness we have tile flooring in the kitchen near the back door. If we had hardwood floor in the kitchen it would be a nightmare. The car is also a place where muddy paws can get out of control – we love to take the dogs on adventures so we always have the back seat covered! Great tips, thank you.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  20. Great tips. Kilo the Pug hates getting his paws wet or anyone touching them but I have taught him paw so he will wipe his feet a little before he grabs the towel to play. We also have a runner.

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