Mucky pups: Search for Edinburgh's dirtiest dog as owners spend up to £1000 in cleanup damages
Every dog owner knows it, we’re coming into the seasons we dread most when taking our pups out for a walk – and it’s not just getting stuck in the rain and wind we don’t like, but getting covered head to toe in mud.
In fact, new research by personalised pet brand Yappy.com has revealed that two thirds of dog owners don't like our pets getting muddy on walks and many of us will even choose a mud-free path to avoid our dogs getting dirty.
A further 20% of dog owners will always keep pets on a lead and 10% will dress their dog in a coat to keep them clean.
While a bit of mud might not seem like a huge problem at first, 60% of dog owners have had their car or home damaged as a result of their mucky pups, with damages costing up to £1000.
Most commonly, our pups tend to cause around £100 worth of damage to either our homes or cars, whether that’s staining the carpet, soaking the car or totally ruining the porch.
And the issue doesn’t stop there as one in five dog owners admit that their dog hates being bathed – so even the solution causes a problem.
In honour of the findings, Yappy.com has launched a nation-wide competition to find the UK’s dirtiest dog, with three lucky winners receiving a personalised hamper of bath time products, up to the value of £100, to help fight the muddy dog season ahead.
Could the winner be found in Edinburgh?
To enter, all you have to do is upload images of your dirty dogs and naughty pups to social media, follow and tag @yappy_com and use the hashtag #YappyDirtyDog in all posts.
Entries must be submitted by midnight on Thursday, October 13, when the competition will close and winners will be announced via social media on October 17.