While a bit of dirt never hurt the dog, it certainly doesn’t help you want to spend time with them! Try to at least wipe their paws off, and brush the mud out of their coats. The dampness of the mud can make your dog colder than you’d think when it’s lovely weather out. Mud cakes in my dogs’ paws and makes it hard for them to walk, so make sure you get it out quickly! I trim my dogs’ feet to make keeping them clean easier. Keep a towel by the kennels or in the car to save yourself some trouble.
It’s much easier to clean out of fur when the mud has dried to dust, and you can just brush it out. I’ve found a slicker or curry comb work best for my dogs. This also seems to be the worst time of year for burdock entanglements! Keep an eye out if your dog is prone to rambling in fields.