Keep the mud on your dog’s paws out of the house with a DIY Muddy Paw Mitt. This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NewBeneful #CollectiveBias
I’ve shared before about our dog, Oliver. He’s a Boston Pom (Boston Terrier & Pomeranian) that we adopted a little over a year ago when Oliver was 1. He’s an active dog and loves to tail behind my three active kids. Aside from that, he loves his big, open backyard — he’s truly the master of this space, protecting it from squirrels, birds and keeping the neighbor’s dog under close watch.
Oliver is truly an outdoor dog – and so we let him spend plenty of time playing. When it’s time to come inside, the kids can leave their shoes at the door, but Oliver often tracks in mud, dirt and debris. As much as I love this little guy, I don’t love cleaning up mud off couches and carpets! In the past, we’ve kept a towel by the back door, but it was hard to grab quickly when the dog was running in from outside. I also started to dislike keeping a folded up towel waiting by the back door. A quick DIY led me to create a muddy paw mitt perfect for hanging on a hook or the back door knob.
Now, I have it in hand before I even let him in and can quickly swipe his paws.
These mitts are super easy to make – and all you need are a few things:
I used a smaller dishtowel size, because I wante a longer mitt. I like being able to pull Oliver’s leg into the mitt. He tends to get mud and dirt up his leg so I want to be sure the mitt will cover a good part of his leg. Choose a soft dish towel, but look for one with texture/ribbing so that it will be easier to pull dirt/debris off.
Start by folding the towel in half. Prepare your grosgrain ribbon in a loop that will fit over the hook or doorknob you will hang it from. Follow the directions below for where to stitch – and add the ribbon holder.
With just a few stitches, this mitt is done. The top is open for the dog’s paw/leg to fit into. A portion of the side is left unstitched to allow your hand to enter and pull the dog’s paw through to wipe clean.
With the bottom stitched, any dirt and debris stays in the mitt. You can just throw it into the wash. I made a few of these so that I could keep one in the garage, by the back door or in the car after a trip to the park, minimizing mud marks all around!
We’re lucky to have an active dog that loves to get dirty and muddy! We want to keep him active, healthy and happy. After his outdoor adventures, Oliver loves to enjoy a good meal. We recently tried out the new, reformulated Beneful dry food.
He’s been loving Beneful Originals with Real Beef. This new recipe was created directly from the feedback of real pet owners and is the result of 2 years of research! Benefuls is created for pet owners who demand quality, familiar ingredients. Real meat is the #1 ingredient in Beneful’s beef and dry chicken foods. In updating the ingredients, the brand has also eliminated what dog owners don’t want — there’s no added sugar in any of the new dry food recipes. For Oliver, he’s just happy and enjoying the same great taste and texture that dogs know and love.
You can even get a free sample to try!
**It’s important to note that dogs can be sensitive to change, especially when it comes to food. Even though you currently feed your dog Beneful, you’ll want to transition to the new Beneful recipe as you would for a new type of food. Check out these helpful feeding tips and tricks for how to make the transition smoothly.**
Beneful is widely available at mass and grocery retailers including Target, Walmart and regional grocers like Kroger or Albertsons. We shopped at our regional grocery store – ShopRite.
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