You would be really surprised how dirty a 10 lb Doxie can get. After 12 years of hiking and walking in the rain with a Doxie, I am still surprised. I swear it’s their paddle feet that flip mud and dirt on their bellies when they walk.
I didn’t care so much about my old car getting dirty but I bought a brand new car two years ago and started caring. If you look at my car windows, it’s obvious I am a dog owner but I didn’t want the whole car to go to the dogs. I didn’t want it trashed.
The new car I bought has leather seats. I was really set against them but that’s all that was on the lot and that I could get a good deal on. Now I am so thankful that the seats don’t soak up water like my old cloth seats did. I have a new problem now though. I have to be careful to not get mud on the seats that can grind into the leather and ruin it.
Over the years I have perfected a routine to clean the dogs off before I put them in the car. I dry them off once with a towel, use a dog grooming wipe to “wash” stubborn dirt off, and then dry them off again with the towel. I cover the back seat with blankets and/or towels to catch any extra dampness or dirt and then wash them when I get home.
I carry a kit in the car that has these things in it but it also has some bonus items to help protect my car from muddy paws. For more, check out my list of 6 must-have items to help protect your car from muddy dogs.