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I love Sophie's long coat but it mats sooo easy. I did a horse photo shoot this weekend and took her into the indoor arena before the shoot to let her race and play with Rita the Parson Russell. She had the time of her life! But came home with huge mats most under her, with the arena dirt caked in them. No way I could comb them out so have been cutting big hunks of hair off of her for 2 days now. She's going to be bald soon!

So tried these tonight for the first time, they are called Muddy Mutts and covers her undercarriage. The top of her is not covered which is nice since she gets hot easily but you can put a coat on over it if you want.

Pros: Seem to be comfortable for her. After the initial few duck walk steps she seemed to forget about it being on and ran as usual on her walk, albeit a little "higher" than usual. Was very pleased though how well she did and it stayed on. She had no trouble peeing (it's fitted for boy dogs too)

It does cover up the majority of her problem areas underneath which I am hoping will help a lot with the mats (that come with her being wet and dirty when she goes goofy in the rain).

I also like the reflective strips on the legs. You can tighten around the bottom of each sleeve with a velcro strap.

I had a bugger of a time getting it on her. She was thinking "NEW TOY" and was hard for me to get her front paws especially, through the opening being careful not to hurt her. (I am a proponent of as little scolding as possible while learning new, somewhat unpleasant things like this so in the long run she won't hate to see the muddy mutt come out). Back legs were easier to put in.

Having had my sweet Hallie doxie and Jessie before her, I worry a lot about their backs, knees, etc and I worried a little that the muddy mutts straps across the back may put pressure or throw her gait off enough to do some damage. There was absolutely nothing that told me that, just something I worry about and after a while I didn't worry nearly as much. It seems to give her plenty of range of motion and be comfortable.

So far it's 4 paws up! I would have gotten video but it was dark when we went out but here are a couple pics.
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Cute! Practical. She does not seemed pleased with the outfit.
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I feel your pain Dee Dee, Ollie takes agility classes and they are held in a horse arena. You should see him after class. The worst though is his face, he has his nose planted in the dirt the whole time. Last week was especially bad, I think they had horses in there just before our class because every dog in class was sniffing and digging for poop all night. We were all so fed up by the end of class because not only were the dogs a mess, but they were totally distracted from the lesson and we had to constantly fight for their attention. I hate horse arenas for dog training, but that is the norm here.

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Looks both funny and efficient. Eeek on the price, though.

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Quick question. Did you get the size as recommended on the Muddy Mutts website? Trying to measure Moje is not easy, he seems to think I am bothering him?!! I desperately need these things!!!
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A friend of mine (Panda’s breeder) uses Muddy Mutts for her dogs. She puts them on ALL of them when they go out to play... even in the snow! She has a lot more patience than I do! LOL!

I am SO glad that horse arenas aren’t used for dog training around here! I guess because of the generally worse weather, they are too busy with horses! Most of our trials are run on rubber mats. There are a few out at our big fairgrounds that are run on dirt, but we avoid those!!! LOL!

I DO like the idea of Muddy Mutts for walks, though... especially on mild winter days with a combination of melting snow, sand and salt... They can be miserable on coats! I think I’d add boots too, if I were going to go that far!
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Sophie looks like the super hero she is in her muddy mutts.

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Sophie looks so disgruntled! I like the idea. Willow is always picking up pine needles and mud on the undercarriage!

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Those are tempting. I've been thinking about how I was going to manage mud season as we're getting a taste for what's ahead with the recent thaw. At it's worst we can have about 4-6 inches of soggy mud for several weeks and nothing is paved.

But I can't see myself going through that each time he wants to go out. Sophie does have a "you will pay for this" glint in her eye in that second photo.

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SO those of you that have looked at the muddy mutts website, can you confirm sizing? I am desperate to get these or my dog will end up bald!!

X-Small 10 lbs and up with Short legs 4"-6" Leg length Bichon Frise, Border Terrier, Coton Du Tulear, Havanese, Jack Russel Terrier, Shih Tzu, West Highland Terrier

Small 15 lbs and up with Longer legs 6"-8" Leg Length Beagle, Cocker Spaniel, Cock-a-poo, Miniature Schnauzer

Moje is 16 pounds and well...not so sure on his leg length? Do they really only have 6 inch long legs at the longest? Tiny little critters aren't they!!!
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