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Best thing I have taught Rio, is, as soon as he comes in from the garden I say 'get in the shower' he goes into the utility room and stands in the walk in shower, he now lifts his paws for me to rinse, then I shower his legs and 'under carriage' off and towel dry him. No more muddy paw prints on the carpets!.
Didn't have a downstairs shower when I had Jinty and would have two buckets of warm water and a jug at the back door ready, the suggestion of a warm tap outside for those who don't have the luxury of a downstairs walk in shower,- is a good idea combined with a shower tray, it needs to be undercover or in a shed to save you getting wet when it's raining and I would think if you have more than one dog a pen or run to keep them confined whilst you deal with them.
So far this morning Rio has been rinsed off 3 times!.
No major solution here - for the toilet trips in the garden we have trained Bella to stay on the mat by the door until we have wiped her feet off with a towel (I have just purchased Mr B and I some lovely new fluffy ones so we can donate our old ones to Bella as we seem to be getting through quite a volume). This is quite effective and there is just a little radius of paw prints around the mat when she thinks I only mean keep the back feet on it, but that can quickly be mopped up and doesn't require me to do the whole conservatory. The only time this fails is if someone has arrived whilst she has been outside and clearly the best way to clean off the paws is on them, the mat doesn't get a look in and I have to rugby tackle her to the ground wielding the towel.
After muddy walks it is a good sluice down in the Utility Room, I have a big bowl/tray that is designed for cleaning the shelves in your oven (from Lakeland) that can fit a standing setter in it (admittedly Bella is a bit of a petite one) so Bella stands in that whilst I rinse her off with a jug. No chance of getting anywhere near her with a hose but she will be quite polite for a warm rinse and then she stands nicely for a towel down giving each paw in turn (not so a proper bath which is just a big water fight resulting in me looking like I have been in a Wet T-Shirt Competition and her crying like a banshee). I am currently in search of a new Sink as we are having the Utility re-done and I want one big enough for a Setter to go in so if anyone knows of any manufacturers then please let me know. So far I have only found an industrial one designed for hospitals which wasn't really the aesthetic I was going for!
My Mother-In-Law bought us the Vax Hard Floor Cleaner for christmas as she said she felt sorry for my constant plight (either that or she is giving me a not very subtle hint that my house is a shambles) and I have used it for the first time today. The colour of the water when you tip it away is mortifying so it was definitely effective but I wouldn't say it was any faster than a mop but then I was trying to be very thorough, the advantage is that it leaves the floor nearly dry which is a big plus.