Last year, as with the past 11 years, I became I bit overwhelmed with the muddy paws that were taking place in the Spring/Winter/Mud season. I had a collapsed lung that was preventing me from bending over or from doing any type of manual labor.
The thought had crossed my mind just to forget about cleaning muddy paws and buy new floors after mud season was over. My husband didn’t agree with my thought so I was left trying to find the easiest way possible to clean 8 paws caked in mud several times a day for the next 3 months, or until my lung came back.
Normally I use a bucket but that requires a lot of bending over which just wasn’t happening so I moved to the hose. The hose, which is the easiest way to clean a muddy dog in my experience, was just created a mess because the way the Ohio weather was going. Snow one day, rain the next was making my patio an ice skating rink creating an unsafe area for the dogs to walk on. Not to mention the pipes kept freezing and thawing resulted in me calling my husband screaming “The pipes burst! How do I shut the water off?”
Then one day I found myself in the container section of Target and it hit me like a Newfie, that storage container would be perfect for the dogs to walk into and clean their feet. It’s low, it’s long and I can train them to walk right in it, stand there for a bit and walk out!
So I bought it and I tried it and it worked.
The is the most simple DIY you’ll probably ever do :
All you need is (1) large storage container. Size will be based on your dog. The one I bought was a 40 x 20 x 6.125 in.
Fill it with water
Have your dog walk into it and watch the mud appear!
Now, because I was having trouble bending over, I put a drain in mine to make things even easier.
Alright, I didn’t put the drain in but my husband did and here’s what he says you’ll need for that:
(1) 1/2 inch male 1/4 turn boiler drain
(1) 5/8 inch metal washer
(1) 5/8 inch rubber or silicone washer.
Drill a 1/2 inch hole, place in the drain, add the rubber washer and then add the metal washer to the backside of the drain and then screw on a lockdown nut.
The hardest part for me was getting Leroy to walk in the right way and then to stand there for more than 1/2 second to let the mud melt off. It should go without saying that for REALLY muddy paws you might have to get in there with your hands and help some of the mud release.
For me, this has been a much easier way for me tackle their muddy paws and as the older they get it seems to be easier on them. This would also be great to soak paws in. If your dog has allergies and your vet recommends a medicated shampoo or some type of soak to use on irritated red paws, this would be an easy way to do that with big dogs.
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