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It looks like Spring is finally here!!  We as pet parents know what that means.  Mud, mud and more mud!  We here at rrruffhouse know how frustrating it is with the constant upkeep to keep the mud and then sand under control.  Here are a couple of tips.  Have a towel handy at your door and wipe your pup’s paws when he comes in.  A little patience may be needed here if your dog is not used to this.  It is surprising how quickly he will get the hang of it.  If you have a mud room you are luckier than a lot of people as your pup can hang out there until he dries a bit.
Get your puppy used to a hand held shower and hair dryer at a young age.  A quick spray and they are all clean again.  No need to use shampoo every time they get a little bit dirty.  If your pup is older or just will not cooperate with the spray- a staff member of mine has a solution.  When her dog got muddy she ran a few inches of water in the tub and then used a cloth and container to get his paws and underbelly clean.  He did not mind this a bit and when he was done he would pull the plug and set it on the side of the tub!
A quick daily brushing will go a long way to helping when the fur starts to shed.  If you have a long hair dog this is especially important.
The biggest thing to remember is that it is just dirt and can be swept away easily.  Our furry friends more than make up for it.