I don't know about where you live but where Willow and I are, there are five seasons. I'm sure you know four of them and if you live in a place like us, you know all of them. Summer Autumn Winter Mud Spring Yup, everywhere the snow melts it leaves a patch of mud. Little dogs and mud go together like peanut butter and jelly and they are just as hard to separate. I have extra mats at the doors, paw-cleaning brushes and towels to dry her chest and belly. On the plus side with her outer coat, she sheds the dirt fairly easily compared to the poodles that we had where their hair got tangled and filthy just by them looking out the window. I brush her on the grooming table a couple of times a day. We both enjoy that time, she often just rolls onto her back to have her belly done.