Muddy dog + white walls

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ferretface Wed 15-Jan-20 11:16:30

Hello everyone

Would love to pick your brains on how you keep your walls looking somewhat clean if you have a large mud loving dog!

Our border collie loves to roll and wallow in the mud - at present after a muddy walk we try to dunk him in a trug of water outside which he doesn't object to and then towel dry him off before letting him in the house. He dislikes the bath and it is upstairs (which is carpeted) so we try and avoid washing him there unless there's something really offensive like fox poo.

Even with this wash he is often still slightly muddy and will continue to shake inside and wondering if something like an equafleece would help while he dries off? Plus changing the paint in the kitchen to something which is easier to wipe clean? Obviously it's not going to look pristine with a dog but we've got a jackson pollock effect currently.

Would love to hear your strategies...

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EnglishRain Wed 15-Jan-20 11:26:55

Do you have a hose outside? I find giving them a quick blast with that much more effective than a dunk. My messy two are golden retrievers, so I feel your pain with the long hair! My kitchen and porch are painted in a cream wipe clean paint which comes up a treat, although I have F&B in my living and dining room and that also wipes down well when needed. I've seen people say F&B is awful with pets and children but I use the estate stuff which is meant to be the worst for marking and have no issues wiping it down.

I usually leave mine to dry off in the porch on a towel, if they've been towel dried they generally don't shake much when they come in, but I may be lucky with mine in that respect. To my knowledge equafleeces are to keep the wet off, not to wick it away. Mine will wear them on walks sometimes if it's particularly muddy just to keep the worst off, or if I'm short on time to clean them up well.

ferretface Wed 15-Jan-20 11:36:16

We do have a hose but unfortunately our young dog thinks it is a game to bite the water so doesn't work too well! With some time we could probably train him out of it but it's something he loves to do in the summer so would feel a bit bad taking his game away.

Maybe just a case of drying him better will help with the shaking - i don't think he would do too well wearing a coat as he will swim any opportunity he gets and often lays down in the mud waiting for a ball etc - his underside and face tend to be the worst muddiest areas although sometimes it's the whole dog!

We just have a Crown water based emulsion in the downstairs - thinking of changing it to a bathroom paint so easier to wipe. At present there are parts that will not wipe clean.

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1wilma1 Wed 15-Jan-20 11:53:06

I have the same problem, I've heard these coats are good although I haven't bought one yet so can't personally vouch for it.

Ridingthegravytrain Wed 15-Jan-20 12:05:54

Mine dry off in their crates after a quick towelling. And our kitchen walls are painted in vinyl which you can pretty much scrub with a Brillo

EnidPrunehat Wed 15-Jan-20 12:29:59

I live in the middle of muddy nowhere with a large hairy dog who loves both mud and water. Right now I'm filling a large watering can with hot water before we go for a walk and then rinsing him down outside when we get back. I then keep him in the utility room while I towel dry him. This drastically cuts down the mud and gunge that would otherwise be transferred to the walls/carpets/sofas. I'd also rather be washing towels than I would expensive dog coats.

Gorse Sat 18-Jan-20 15:08:10

This is what you want, you only have to wipe the feet. Doesn't slow him down one bit - best invention for dogs since the dog lead.


IWishItWasSummer Sat 18-Jan-20 17:51:05

We use Equafleece, have a hose with warm water at the door as well as plenty of towels and scrubbable paint.

Twospaniels Sat 18-Jan-20 18:30:40

Ruff and tumble coat. Expensive but sooooo worth the money.

We have spaniels. They get hosed, towel dried then put the ruff and tumble coat on for a while before they enter the house. Then they stay in the study (where their bed is) for half an hour before taking off the coat and being allowed in the rest of the house.

The coats have a ‘hood’ , also a wide band under their tummy rather than just a strap.

Walls have been painted with Dulux tough, durable and scrubbable paint.

Twospaniels Sat 18-Jan-20 18:32:13

frostedviolets Sat 18-Jan-20 21:47:58

I also have a border collie.

I trim her stomach so her whole underside is super short, left to grow naturally she has luxurious feathering from her chest to her tail that picks up all the mud.
I also keep her legs trimmed close from her foot up to the dewclaw pad.
That helps a tiny little bit.

Silk emulsion walls so wipe clean, I brush the dog then go round the house with a wet cloth after every walk 😂

Wipe clean leather dog bed.

Don't let her on the furniture.

Engard Sun 19-Jan-20 18:06:52

Oh it's painful. My walls are covered in mud 🥺
I found "pink stuff" gets mud out but be warned, it's for washable paint only!

Floralnomad Sun 19-Jan-20 18:11:08

My dog wears an equafleece all in one suit for very muddy walks , he wallows in puddles like a hippo . When he comes home the coat comes off and he goes into his dog drying bag for 15-20 minutes and comes out immaculate . We have the original doggy bag and it’s much better than the cheaper alternatives .

TARSCOUT Tue 28-Jan-20 16:41:51

I've given up. 2 manky, smelly collies!!!

ImSOok Tue 28-Jan-20 16:48:02

Second a ruff and tumble. Also have an aquasorb towel which I clean paws and legs with. I hose his legs and tummy off before we come in.

I’ve also learnt to lower my standards somewhat since we got our dog!

Can’t wait for summer.

TheSubtleArt Tue 28-Jan-20 17:53:25

I use a vileda sponge mop thing and a spray of white vinegar and washing up liquid and keep in cupboard under the stairs.
Dog gets towelled down outside, then straight onto bed with a towel on top until dried off. Doesn't stop him shaking but contains it, then I mop it down as above. Only takes 2 mins.
With white you might just have to re-paint it every 6 months or so...

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