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CoTH! I need suggestions with a messy situation!

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  • CoTH! I need suggestions with a messy situation!

    Hello All,
    So here is the issue....... I have a GSD puppy (10 months) and I love him but......... When we are home we have a dog door that goes out to the yard and we love that convince. So when the GSD goes out he picks up all kinds of dirt in his feet then comes in and gets a ton of water and of course they are not neat drinkers and then I have mud/sand everywhere. What I have done is put a carpet down but that not woking either. Any suggestions on what else I can do so I am not mopping every day? I can't put the water higher......I have toy dogs too. TIA

  • #2
    Maybe try putting a water bowl outside so he's not so thirsty when he comes in? Or maybe put newspaper under the water bowls so the spilled water is absorbed by that rather than his feet? I have a mat that I put right by the cats' litter box that does a great job of getting most of the litter out of their feet--it's rubbery and looks like a lot of loops which catch the litter. Maybe a big doormat right outside the dog door and something like that on the inside so they have to walk over them both when they come in?


    • #3
      I have a dog door too and it's murder with a puppy in the house. Scratch that--it's a blessing, BUT, there will be dirt and filth everywhere until pupper matures a bit. I put a series of runners down from the dog door extending into the house. Like a whole runway of carpet runners. It helps a great deal to knock loose a large amount of dirt/grit/sand/debris before they hit the main living space. I'd runner all the way to your water bowl and then place the bowl on a large mat designed to catch and contain watery spills. Good luck! And know he will grow out of the filthy, dirt wallowing, puppy stage.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Sswor View Post
        And know he will grow out of the filthy, dirt wallowing, puppy stage.
        I wouldn't count on that! All of mine will take the opportunity to dig, roll and/or eat dirt and mud on a regular basis.

        I agree about moving the water outside and maybe move the inside water to a different spot so it's not the first thing he does when he comes in. Do you use the dog door in the winter too?

        I have an indoor/outdoor rug in my mud room. The benefit is that it's much easier to remove and hose off than a traditional runner or door mat. Those tend to get clogged down with dirt and become their own problem. So maybe find a 4x6 indoor outdoor mat for inside the door that might help knock off some of the dirt when the dog comes in.


        • Original Poster

          I am in Florida so I don't have to worry about snow and that mess but its always hot so the water bowl is a hot stop for thirsty pups. Thank you for the suggestions Ill be trying some today. I mopped last night at bed time .......and this morning muddy paw prints everywhere!!!!! grrr The struggle............


          • #6
            Is he getting muddy because he is digging or is there just mud in the dog yard? I have 2 large dogs and have put down lots of mulch and/or straw on the muddy areas to prevent this. Plus I have gravel leading into the dog door so they basically wipe their feet on the way in.


            • #7
              I bought the "buddy bowl" on Amazon for my messy drinkers. It's been a game changer in keeping the floor dry around the water bowl. Highly recommend it. Two small nitpicks are that it's hard to get the lid off for cleaning and takes longer to fill the bowl because the water has to settle into the interior funnel shape. Other than that, I love this thing!


              • #8
                I second the buddy bowl!


                • #9
                  Buddy bowl - DIY is an option, but make sure the edges are not sharp. Generally: with a GS in the house nothing will be as clean as before ;-)


                  • #10
                    I have a fenced backyard and my dogs are out there when I am not home (with shelter). I have water outside. If it's nasty and they are wet, they go directly into their crates until they dry off a bit. Since they have just been outside, I don't feel bad about crating them for a while. It does mean I have crates in the family room but I have to feed them apart from each other anyway.
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