7 Tips to Conquer Muddy & Rainy January Dog Walks

This January, as the UK braves the storms and rain showers, many dog owners find themselves facing a common challenge – cleaning up muddy paws after a stroll with their four-legged friends. While the weather may be less than ideal, the joy of watching your dog revel in the outdoors is worth the post-walk clean-up. Here at Country Boarding for Cats and Dogs, we have highlighted seven tips to conquer the muddy aftermath of those rainy January walks. Enjoy!

1. Prepare Before You Go

Anticipating the muddy terrain is the first step to a successful clean-up. Equip yourself with essentials before heading out, such as old towels, wipes, and even a portable paw washer. Being proactive can minimise the mess you will have to deal with later.

2. Embrace the Paw Washer

Investing in a paw washer is a game-changer for muddy days. These handy devices are designed to clean your dog’s paws quickly and efficiently. Fill the chamber with water, insert your dog’s paw, and let the soft brushes do the work. It is a convenient solution, especially when dealing with the frequent storms that the UK has experienced during January.

3. Keep Towels Handy

Old towels become your best friends in this battle against mud. Place a stack of them near the entrance, so you are ready for the inevitable mess. Drying your dog’s paws as soon as they come indoors after visiting a secure dog park this January, prevents mud from being tracked throughout the house.

4. Dog-Friendly Wipes

Dog-friendly wipes are a quick and effective way to remove mud from your dog’s paws and fur. Keep a pack by the door for a speedy clean-up. Look for wipes specifically designed for pets, ensuring they are safe and will not irritate your dog’s skin.

5. Create a Paw Cleaning Station

Designate a specific area for paw cleaning near your entrance. Lay down a washable mat or use a shallow tray filled with water for paw dipping. This controlled space makes cleaning your pet more manageable and prevents your dog from darting off with muddy paws.

6. Schedule Regular Grooming Sessions

Regular grooming sessions are essential, especially during muddy months. Brushing your dog’s coat helps remove dirt and prevents matting. Additionally, it is also an excellent opportunity to inspect your dog for any cuts, debris, or ticks that may have latched on during the walk.

7. Shower Time for Your Pup:

When the mud is particularly stubborn, a quick shower may be in order. Use lukewarm water and a gentle dog shampoo to ensure your furry friend is clean and comfortable. Follow up with thorough drying to prevent your dog from getting cold.


This January, whilst the UK experiences wild storms, maintaining a sense of humour and adaptability is key. By embracing the muddy adventures, and following these seven clean-up tips, you and your canine companion can enjoy the rainy walks without worrying about the mess left behind. After all, a little mud is a small price to pay for the joy and excitement your dog experiences during those stormy strolls.