Training pets can be a challenge, but it’s always one that comes with a good reward. In this case, you’ll be able to save the mopping and extra paw baths, along with the headaches, if you can teach your pup to wipe its paws. The good news is that there are a few different ways to go about it and that even if your pet is older, they should still be able to get the hang of it.
It bears mentioning that some dogs will not want anything to do with having their paws wiped. This may prove to be a harder challenge to overcome since teaching them to clean their feet requires a lot of touching and directing. Whatever you do, don’t distress your pup while trying to teach this trick. If they seem uncomfortable or distressed in any way, don’t force anything.
With that in mind, here’s how you can teach your pup to wipe his or her feet when coming indoors.
The first thing you need to do is to get them in the habit of either sitting or waiting at the door for the incoming paw wipe. Trying to just go straight to their paws will be confusing and challenging if they are still moving or you don’t have their full attention. Until they get the hang of this, give them a treat for following this command.
If it’s not too muddy, you can teach them to wipe their paws on the doormat by doing it for them repetitively. You may have to assist them in the future to get all the mud off, but their allowing you to stop and wipe is the biggest part. It’s time for another treat if they’ve successfully let you wipe.
If there’s more mud or they have gotten it beyond their paws, you might want to use a wet towel or rag to actually wipe their paws and legs down. Have this ready at the door when they come in so there is less waiting. Use the towel to wipe one paw at a time and give them a treat when you’re done.
It may take lots of repetition, but you can teach your dog to wipe its paws, or let you do the job if you are willing to put in the work. With these tips, you’ll be on your way to success in no time. Contact Dog Training Now Charleston for more help!
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