How to Clean Muddy Dog Paws

Need to wipe off muddy paws after a romp in the back yard?  Some dogs are fine having their feet wiped and others - not so much. 

To help a dog become more comfortable with having her feet handled and dried, take baby steps. Start by touching her paw while it’s still on the ground.  If you want, you can actually touch it with a towel.  When the towel touches the dog’s paw say “yes” and give the dog a tasty treat.  Practice with all four paws. 

Once your dog is happy to see the towel coming toward her feet (because towel + foot = treat) put the towel near her foot, but don’t actually touch it.  Many dogs will move their foot to touch the towel on their own to get the treat.  If that happens - BIG rewards.  Then try letting her place her paw on the towel, you give a quick wipe off and she gets a treat.  Before you know it - no more muddy paws!

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