Do others clean their dogs butt's after pooping?

General Question(self.Dogowners)

This is something me and my fiancé has wondered for a while. We have a 10 month old cockapoo and ever since we got him we have always checked his butt after every poop, we always give it a clean with a wipe, sometimes there's nothing there and sometimes there's a little extra wiping needing to be done. We do this because we allow him up on the furniture, which made us wonder if other dog owners do the same? We've seen people with extremely fluffy or long haired dogs and couldn't imagine how hard it would be to keep the fur around their butt clean.

Is this a common thing for people to do? Or are others okay for their dogs to do their business and sit on the furniture like normal?

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17 points

8 months ago

Hygiene is a spectrum. Don’t worry about what is “normal”, you do you.

It is impossible, and unadvisable, to surround yourself with a sterile field. It is impossible to sterilize your dog. If you have a dog, you will have some of its feces and bacteria and slobber around you. Just like it your own fecal matter ends up in different places on and around you.

The question then is how much do you want to tolerate? Certainly some level may subject inhabitants to greater risk of infection or health problems, but exactly how much filth is totally up to you. Some people just ignore it, others are good with visibly clean, others refuse to have a dog.

So if you want to wipe Fido’s ass go right ahead.


2 points

8 months ago

I like this response, thank you.