A little preparation is all it takes to make sure walking your smelly mud monster is enjoyable.
Pickle loves nothing more than a really stinky muddy puddle or stream. I tell a lie, she actually loves a nice fresh fox poo much more. She just can’t get enough of that delightful cologne.
If your dog is the same, you know the signs. Nose to the ground, recall gone, head tilt and bam, before you can yell “NOooooooo” they are there, shoulder down having a good old rub in that delicious poo or a dip in a stagnant puddle. Making sure that it gets in their ears, all over their lovely handmade collar that you had just bought and were hoping to get photos of and so on. A quick flip and onto their backs for one extra wiggle just to make sure that beautiful scent is ALL over them.
WHY THEY DO IT
This desire that dogs have to make themselves smell disgusting goes back to their ancestry. Dogs needed to mask their own scent to enable them to creep up on their prey without giving themselves away. Quite what Pickle thinks she is going to creep up on I have no idea!
THE REAL VICTIM IS YOU!
So that’s your day ruined. The dog stinks, if she gets too close you’ll stink, which makes getting her into the car tricky, and your car will stink to high heaven as well.
This could be a daily occurrence in my house and to be honest it was starting to stress me out. Dog walks in the countryside are my relaxation time, and a time for Bax and Pickle to be off lead and enjoy being dogs.
SO, how do you deal with this smelly situation? These are my tips
- Plan your mucky walks
I only go on the potentially muddy walks when I have some spare time. On my busy days it is a walk around town.
- Prepare for the stink bomb’s return at home
Before I leave I make sure the dog shampoo and my wipe clean apron is ready and there are plenty of old towels prepared in the bathroom.
- Protect your car
I take an old towel with me to help protect myself when I lift Pickle into the car.
- Get a wipe clean pinny ready
I bath Pickle as soon as I get home wearing one of my oilcloth aprons so I don’t get wet. My favourite shampoo to use is the Oatmeal and Aloe Vera one from The Dog and I. It smells divine and really gets rid of that fox poo odour. It is the best one I have found.
- Have a moment to relax while they do zoomies!
When Pickle is out of the bath a doing her crazy post bath doodle dash I make a large coffee to drink while I brush and dry her.
Then I can settle back to completing my orders knowing that Bax and Pickle have had a lovely long walk and are now nice and clean...until the next time.
- Try to see the funny side
My top tip though is don’t stress. You’ve got time, you’re prepared. You know they are going to do it so just enjoy your walk and let your dogs enjoy theirs.
Let me know in the comments if you own a four legged smelly mud monster and how you cope with it.
If you need a wipe clean apron to keep you dry while bathing your dog you can order one here: https://thecosycaninecompany.co.uk/collections/apron
You can get the shampoo I use on Baxter and Pickle here: https://www.thedogandi.co.uk/collections/shampoo/products/clean-that-coat-oatmeal-aloe-vera-shampoo-200ml