The warm weather of summer brings with it more opportunities to get outside and get active with your puppy. Whether you're going for a hike or heading out to the dog park, these chances to get out of the house together provide fun days and healthy exercise. They also lead to more opportunities for your dog to make a real mess, too.
When you know you're going to be spending more time letting your pup enjoy the great outdoors, that means you also need to be prepared to spend more time on grooming and cleaning. The good news is that it doesn't have to be a chore. By keeping these summer cleanliness tips in mind, you can make keeping your dog clean as easy as possible all summer long.
Just because it's summertime doesn't mean that every day is going to be bright and sunny. The good news is that the warm weather means even on days when things get a little bit wet and wild outside, it's often still warm enough that you can enjoy some time outside as long as it's not pouring. If you want to take your dog out but there's a light rain, the simplest solution is to pop a puppy raincoat on them to help keep them as dry as possible while still finding the time to get out and go for a walk or have a bit of a play. Rain boots can also be worn to keep their paws as neat and clean as possible, even if the yard outside is a bit muddy from the rain.
If you're taking your dog to play somewhere that requires a trip in the car, make sure you have ample protection in place before you head out. Lay down blankets or towels before loading in the crate or letting your dog in. This little bit of foresight can go a long way towards making sure that your dog's fun day outside doesn't turn into a disaster for the upholstery of your car.
Laying down blankets to protect your vehicle helps, but if you've just spent the day playing at the dog park or taking your pup for a hike, then you'll want to take extra precautions before letting them back in the car, particularly if it's wet outside. Always bring a towel or two that you don't mind getting muddy, and take a minute to thoroughly wipe down your dog at the end of the day before letting them back into the car in order to minimize any mess they can make before you get them home for cleaning.
The best way to get your dog clean even after a day of fun outside is to avoid them getting too messy in the first place. While you're out and about to let them enjoy themselves, that doesn't mean you have to totally ignore cleanliness. If you notice areas that are particularly muddy when at the park or out for a walk, keep your dog well clear of them so that they don't have a chance to get covered in mud that will be difficult to clean off at the end of the day.
If you're lucky, you have a dog that loves their time in the shower as much as their time at the park. More likely than not, however, your pup probably tolerates bath time at best, or actively fights it at worst. When you try to bathe an escape artist it can quickly lead to a mess, with water all over you and your bathroom. A simple way to make your post-play wash time more manageable is to use aides that make your dog want to stay in the shower, like wall mounts that allow you to place a treat for your dog to enjoy while you wash them off. This keeps them calmer and allows for a quicker, less splashy experience.
After a day outside enjoying some summer sun has left your pup a mess, you need to get them washed down as quickly as possible. The longer you wait after getting home, the more time your dog has to turn their mess into your home's mess. If you use special aides in the shower, prepare them before you leave, so that you can get home and get them in the shower and sudsed up with shampoo as quickly as possible.
One of the most effective ways of keeping your dog from getting overly messy when playing outside for the summer is to ensure that they have less messy fur to catch dirt in. Keeping their coat shortened with dog clippers makes it easier to stay clean while playing outside and also helps your dog battle the heat of the summer sun by reducing the amount of fur they have keeping heat in. Brushing is another simple way to reduce shedding, provide less fur to get dirty and keep your dog cool and comfortable all summer long, so make sure you're regularly brushing your pup.
Summer is the best time of year for a dog who loves getting outdoors. When you take advantage of these summertime hygiene tips, your dog's fun in the sun doesn't have to become a cleaning nightmare for you. Keep them in mind and you can enjoy the sun with your dog without fear of a mess in your near future.