The problem with a dog rolling in poop isn’t that it rolls in poop, it’s that it rolls in the stinkiest, ooziest and most vile poop.
Honk if your dog has rolled in horse poop. Hear anything? No? That’s because …
Dogs don’t roll in nice, mild-scented, easy to clean horse poop! No, they roll in stinky raccoon sh!t. Or even worse, human poop – but to be honest, my dogs think rolling in human poop is a waste of a good meal.
Have I disgusted you yet? I suppose if you don’t own a dog, you’re losing your lunch about now. But if you do own a dog, I can see you nodding your head: “yes, my dog rolls in poop too“.
This morning, I was playing trucks on the floor with the boys when I got a whiff of something I didn’t like. You already know where I’m going with this, don’t you?
Roxy had just come in from the yard and was nuzzling into my shoulder when I notice her cheek and neck were smeared with crap. Raccoon crap to be precise. It’s the middle of winter for crying out loud. What are raccoons doing out in my yard? I was too disgusted to grab the camera so I “borrowed” this picture from townsandtrails. Seen something like this before?
So how do you clean poop off a dog?
I used to take the dogs to the shower in the basement. But then I had to lead them through the house – hoping they wouldn’t shake or rub on something – and then go through the awful ordeal of trying to give a dog that doesn’t like showers, a shower.
Then a few years ago I got a little wiser and changed my method to a bucket of water with a bit of dog shampoo and a towel. I’d wet the towel and then rub the dog. Rinse and wring out the towel and repeat. Pretty effective but…
Then I got REAL wise and started using a bucket of water (no shampoo) and my High Performance dusting e-cloth. (Sadly e-cloth changed this to yellow from brown so it doesn’t hide the poop like it used to but it still works great). Soak the cloth, wring it out, wipe and repeat.
Why is the e-cloth better than a cotton towel?
- It’s smaller but far more absorbent than a cotton towel
- the microfibre picks up the poop and holds onto it instead of smearing it around.
- I don’t need any soap/shampoo that will strip the dogs coat of oils (the microfibres do the work instead of soap)
- It works so well that you can’t even smell the poop afterwards. This is saying a lot – especially when dealing with raccoon poop.
e-cloth is coming out with a pet line very soon and I’ll most definitely be using the cleaning towel. But until then, my little Dusting e-cloth will be my dedicated pooper-wiper-upper. (Update March 2019 – the pet products have now been available for a few years and I’ve been testing them all ever since. The Pet Towel is spectacular! Highly recommended (see my review). The Mitts are not essential if you have the towel (in my opinion) but are very handy and nice to have. The Travel Bed and Car Protector were big fails in my opinion – and in the opinion of others I guess because they’ve been discontinued.)
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