No matter your dog’s breed, tender paws need protection from snow, ice, road salt, and other winter chemicals. Plus, most chemical ice melters are toxic to our furry friends.
When shopping for dog boots, look for textured and waterproofed soles. These will provide traction as well as protection. Adjustable straps and flexible shafts are good too. The dog should still have full mobility while wearing the shoes.
Mostly, your pup will not like the feel of the shoes. At all. Take the time to practice inside the house first. Praise and treats will your puppy adjust.
It’s possible for your dog to be allergic to fabrics, just like people can be allergic to things like wool. Whenever you introduce new materials to your dog, keep an eye out for signs of irritation or an allergic reaction.
Our recommendations for shoes and booties have been tried and tested and come with great reviews. These are the top 3 picks for boots and booties for all seasons.
Qumy Dog Boots are available in various colors and sizes to make it easy to get the right fit. The shaft of this bootie is split to make it easy to get on and off. They use a Velcro closure for the perfect fit. With rugged anti-slip soles and waterproof fabric, these are a top pick.
From Bark Brite, these hiking boots are great for the adventurous dog who loves to camp and hike with his family. They’re made of neoprene and will adapt to the shape of your dog’s paws. They’re puncture resistant with anti-slip soles to protect against whatever’s on your trail and provide traction.
Pawz Dog Boots are disposable and reusable rubber booties, available in 7 sizes. They come in a pack of 12, which makes them the most affordable option. They’re the only environmentally friendly option on the list. These booties are 100% biodegradable and are made from natural rubber from the rubber tree. They offer protection from city grime, dirt, and muddy water. Remove it as soon as you get home, and your floors will stay clean!
Our final recommendation is Musher’s Secret Paw Wax. I love this stuff; it’s fantastic. It’s made with all-natural food-grade wax and conditioning oil. Even dog sled driver’s in Canada’s far north use this stuff. The pads of your pup’s paws can get dry and cracked, but this stuff keeps them soft and healthy and offers a barrier to cold, wet, and hot pavement. It doesn’t stain or mark floors or carpets, dries fast, and smells good. It works on noses, ears, elbows, and anywhere else your dog’s skin needs a bit of help.
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