Dogs love to play in the dirt and mud – it’s natural. As a dog owner, I enjoy letting my pups do what they do best while outdoors. Unfortunately, that means frequently cleaning doggy paws after digging holes or even just from a few minutes outside to go to the bathroom after a heavy rain. My method used to be simply wiping their paws with a towel that i kept by the door. However, thanks to wonderful and innovative pet product companies, we now have easier options for cleaning our dogs paws, and properly cleaning paws may be more important than you think.
Jorge Bendersky, a celebrity dog groomer, pet expert, and best-selling author, says paw cleaning should be completed after every walk, especially during winter months. Ice melting products on the bottom of their paws can be hazardous to dogs if frequently licked and also cause damage to flooring in your house. Dr. Karen Becker also claims that 50 percent of foot licking and chewing can be alleviated by frequently washing dogs’ paws.
Apart from our dogs’ health, which is the most important, dirty paws can also obviously damage carpets and furniture throughout the house. So how can we properly wash dog paws before coming into the house? We tracked down the best dog paw washers available today, take a look below to see which type will work best for you and your buddy!
Dog Paw Washers
The absolute best washers are the automated “bath tubs” for dog paws. Relatively new to the pet product market, automated paw washers fully clean your dogs paw in a few seconds. Here are our choices for the top dog paw washer:
SKI Innovations Paw Boss
Paw Boss is a patented paw washing device that was even featured on The BIG PITCH with Kevin Harrington! The most unique and impressive feature of the Paw Boss paw cleaner is that it can soap and soak each paw with clean water without having to keep dumping and refilling, thanks to separate dirty and clean water reservoirs. Another amazing benefit of the Paw Boss is how low to the ground it is. Many paw washers are taller and require you to pull your dogs leg up and place it into the washer. However, with the Paw Boss washer, your dog can walk right up to it and place their paw in the washer without tipping it over. Paw Boss is absolutely our go-to dog paw washer.
Paw Plunger for Dogs
Paw Plunger is an award winning pet product and also one of the original paw washers. This handheld paw washer is quick and easy with zero fuss involved. Gentle bristles and water help to clean your dogs’ paws and best of all, it comes in multiple sizes (small, medium, large). The large-sized Paw Plunger is designed for dogs that weigh up to and over 100 lbs! Paw Plunger’s simplicity and effectiveness make it one of our favorite doggy paw washers.
The Paw Wash
The Paw Wash is a very creative paw washer that does not use bristles at all. At first glance, you would probably have no idea what this even is! The Paw Wash uses natural hydraulic water action to thoroughly soak paws and the squeegee top helps remove water before pulling paws out. The large-sized Paw Wash is about a foot tall while the small is roughly 6 inches.
Gosh! EasyPaw Automatic Pet Paw Washer
Gosh!, the maker of innovative pet products and toys including the SmartPult automatic ball thrower, recently created EasyPaw, the first automatic pet paw washer. Gentle bristles and moving water clean paws perfectly, and the bottom of the device can be used as a dog bowl making it a perfect paw washer while on-the-go. The price is a bit higher than others, but the features make it worthwhile.
Wipes and Gloves
If you’re looking for something cheaper than a paw washer or if your dog is afraid of water, the next best products are washing gloves and wipes. These still provide more thorough cleaning than using a traditional bath towel or paper towels.
The Paw Wash Mitt OR Spotless Paw Glove
The Paw Wash Mitt and Spotless Paw cleaning glove both use heavy duty microfiber cloth to absorb water and debris while also allowing better control. You are encouraged to use a drop of all natural shampoo while wiping their paws down to ensure they are fully clean.
Dog Paw Wipes
Finally, we have the wipes. These disposable dog paw wipes are quick and easy without having to worry about washing towels or cleaning a bath. Dog paw wipes are fine to use for an occasional quick clean. However, they should not be used as a replacement to fully cleaning your dog’s paws with soap and water.
We hope our list of best dog paw washers helps make your buying decision easier and make your doggies paws cleaner!