There is nothing worse than taking your old guy out for a nice walk out in the fresh air. At least, that is until he comes into the house, leaving muddy paw prints all over the house for you to clean up. If only there was a way to train him to wipe his paws before he comes in. He sees you do it all the time, so why hasn't he learned to follow suit? Because you haven't taken the time to train him.
Training an older dog to wipe his paws isn't really that hard, it's more about having the patience and taking the time to teach him than anything else. You don't even have to wait for wet weather for this, you can teach him to wipe his feet every time he comes in the house, solving the whole problem and at the same time keeping your floors much cleaner.
The task at hand is to teach your dog to wipe all four of his paws on the doormat before he comes in the house. While you might think this would be an easy task to teach your pup, it is a completely unnatural behavior to him. This means it will take longer than some tricks for him to learn. One thing you do need to understand is that no matter how much your dog wipes his paws on the mat, he is still likely to track a little mud and water into the house.
The good news is that you can start this training anytime since he is an older dog and should already know the basics. Do try and choose a time to train when there is no one else around and it's nice and quiet. Choose one door for training purposes and stick to it until he has mastered the skill of wiping his paws. Also, choose your training word up front and be sure to use the same one every time to avoid confusion.
All the supplies you'll really need for training your old pal to wipe his feet are some tasty treats and a towel or door mat. The only other things to have plenty of are patience and time to work on this every day. You should practice this every time you take your pup out to go potty or for a walk.