Brrr!!! We hope everyone has been staying warm. With winter comes snow, and with snow comes wet doggy paws. Never fear, your furry pal can be taught to help you out by wiping his or her feet at the door before coming in!
This can often be taught quickly with some well-placed treats and a clicker (or marker word like “good” or “yes”). Steps:
If your dog just won't paw at the mat or you don't have time to train this skill (it will take a lot of repetition so in the meantime you might need a way to clean his or her feet more thoroughly), consider helping your pup associate positive thoughts with getting their feet wiped if your dog doesn't particularly enjoy this event. After coming inside, wipe one paw at a time and feed a small treat before and after wiping your dog's foot. Soon your dog will learn to love to have his or her paws cleaned!