Pawz dog boots

Dog Booties

Over the past couple of weeks, three people have asked me about our dogs’ boots. We were stopped this morning, too, by a man who thought they were the cutest things on Dusty in particular. His enthusiasm about them was kind of funny! We bought Pawz boots, which we put on the dogs either when it’s wet out or when there’s an insane amount of salt on the sidewalks (most of the time) to protect the pads of their feet from both the cold and the salt. With Pawz, we can go for a longer walk on days like today, when the temperatures are fairly mild, but the slush- and snow-covered sidewalks would leave the dogs limping in no time. (We discovered these booties a few years ago and actually used them on Roxie in the house because she had back issues, and we figured the sliding around on our hardwood floors was potentially contributing to them.)

Focus not on those scary eyes of Cora's but on the booties. Cute, huh?

We have found there to be many advantages to Pawz:

  1. If we had one dog, we could probably buy just one 12-pack for an entire winter season. At under $20 for 12, these are probably the cheapest dog boots on the market.
  2. The dogs walk perfectly normally in them (see video below). They don’t pick up their feet extra high or stick their legs out at odd angles, as I remember Roxie doing in other kinds of booties (which, although laugh-inducing for humans, probably really bothers the poor dog!). Here’s a hilarious video I just watched of a dog trying to get around in those other kinds of boots: http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2012/01/barkleys-new-boots/
  3. As Pawz says on its site, the boots are thin enough that dogs can feel the ground still, making them less likely to feel terribly insecure in them. (This is probably why #2 is the case.)
  4. The rubber prevents some sliding (not all, but some) on the ice, which is important when you have a dog with cruciate ligament issues (like Dusty), and even to help prevent such issues.
  5. We could affordably buy two different sizes for our odd dog with the big front feet and small back ones (Mister Dusty again), rather than having to buy two different sets of four and use just two of each.

I used to put the Pawz on Roxie by myself because she was small enough to support in my lap while I put the booties on from behind her. But with three dogs, all larger than Roxie, it really takes two of us to get 12 paws covered with these things. The dogs generally freeze in place as soon as the boots come out, so to manoeuvre them (the dogs, I mean), two sets of hands are helpful. Saves time too. Between putting coats and boots on all five of us, it takes more than 10 minutes for us to get out of the house. The dogs are patient enough, but we really want to limit the prep time to maximize the walk time!

To prolong the life of the Pawz, we keep a plastic container of baby powder by the door. We dry the outside of the booties, turn them inside out and dry the insides, and then put them in the container. Then, before putting the booties on the dogs, we shake off any excess powder and turn them right-side out again. We’ve had to throw out only one booty so far because it got a hole in it. Not bad.

In this video, which I took at dusk (so it’s a little dark), you can see that the dogs walk pretty normally while wearing their Pawz. They didn’t need their coats since it was above zero. (That’s a sight—I’ll have to get video of that, too.)