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post #1 of 19
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I was wondering if anyone out there could make some recommendations for some dog booties. I have 4 large dogs and would like to keep them exercised by walking and running with them, through the winter. I need some good dog booties, I've tried the cheaper ones and they tend to loosen up and flop around. When the other dogs see the boot flopping around its like a toy free for all. It gets pulled off and eaten. The dogs have a foot fetish. If I don't put something on their feet they get red raw foot pads and lick their feet constantly. Help save the dog feet!
post #2 of 19
muttluks, best made. Actually stay on the dog. You can also try Musher's Secret but it's not as effective.
post #3 of 19
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I was wondering what kind the sled dogs use. The Muttluks look OK but, the first review on Amazon said they had trouble keeping them on.
post #4 of 19
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post #5 of 19
You know those purple felt bags with the gold drawstrings at the top that Royal Crown comes in? Well, we thought it was a great idea and tried them on our dog, but they didn't work either!
post #6 of 19
you really don't need booties. None of them stay on. Your dogs' feet are a big part of regulates their temp.

If you take them enough they'll get used to it.

I'd recommend Pam cooking spray to keep snow from building up between the toes.

Just start slow and build.

No booties on any of these guys, and a couple of 'em have been at it for almost 10 years.

Maybe killclimbz will chime in.
post #7 of 19
Every dog is differnt and I see yo have labs, they are great dogs bred for outdoors and of course hunting, Compare that to other dogs that were not bred for outdoors, water or hunting and thier ability to tolerate cold or heat will vary greatly. The boot do work and were developed by a woman in CA for her dogs. My dog needs coverage not due to the cold, its all the salt they use on the roads and sidewalks. It burns his feet horribly and if he licks to much of it, he gets sick and vomits. The Muttluks absoltutely stay on! I don't use them in woods and fields just any where salt is used. Once his paws get burned they become very cold sensitive.
post #8 of 19
As an FYI, you shoudl also trim the excess fur from the underside of the paws, this helps reduce ice and snow buildup.
post #9 of 19
The Muttlucks are probably the best. How well they stay on has to do with how well they fit, the breed, and what the uppers are made of. I've used some booties with cordura feet and thick polar fleece uppers. The polar fleece is niec, because it allows some give when wrapping the velcro strap around them. With uppers with less give, it can be tricky to find the balance between getting them tight enough to stay on and getting them too tight and cutting off circulation.
I have greyhounds and they also have boney legs which makes it more difficult to get the booties to stay on. As suggested, I use them when walking on roads to keep the salt off their feet.
Whether or not dogs need booties really depends on the dog. Greyhounds don't do very well in the cold weather. Or the hot weather, come to think of it. Certainly not one of the more robust breed of dogs.:
post #10 of 19
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The list: Largest to smallest.
1) Golden retriever
2) Chocolate Lab
3) Chow/Newfie mix
4) Aussie Shepard
I do trim the toe hairs! This does help. We did try some boots, can't remember the name. They got tossed because one got eaten and the rest had holes. Around here it is lucky if you have complete snow coverage on the trails. One of the reasons for me wanting them is to keep their feet from getting muddy. So, I definately want boots.
post #11 of 19
My golden has the same problem.

However, boots did not work for him as it caused him to think something was wrong and he walked -- this is the only way I can describe this -- as if he had scuba flippers or something on his feet. As many golden owners can probably appreciate, things have to be just so or he gets weird.

Splitter, however, has given you the answer. Someone suggested Pam to me years ago and I figured, what the heck, and tried it. It works way better than any boot I have ever seen or tried with my golden.
post #12 of 19
If its just mud, you may just want to get a plastic container of water to wash thier feet and a car shammy drying cloth. I keep one in every car. They work great. Excellent dog drying tool Like this.
post #13 of 19
if you do start on Muttluks, the key is to put one or two on opposing feet to start. Let the dog get used to them. Don't put all on at once. My dog will actually come to me if his feet hurt. he doesn't mind them at all.
post #14 of 19
I'd try a local pet store that carries booties. You can bring your dog in and let him walk around with them and see how well they stay on. I don't use them when I am just letting the dogs out in my fenced in back yard in the winter time. I did this initially, but one night, one of the dogs came in with only three black booties instead of four. I headed out in the dimly lit yard to try to find the bootie on top of the snow.
The fact of the matter is that a dark bootie on top of snow looks like a lot of the other dark things that were on top of the snow and after almost picking up the "wrong thing" a couple of times, I decided to wait until the following day to find the missing garment.
I soon gave up spending five minutes dressing the dogs when they spent less time than that outside...
post #15 of 19
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I have a question about the Muttluks. Are the front boots larger than the back? As I recall with my previous venture, it was the back ones that came loose. I'm thinking that I may have to get 2 different sizes for some of the dogs as their front paws are quite a bit larger than the rear.

Also everything I do is times four. If one of the dogs gets 'special treatment' it is either a bout of pouting or harassment from the others.

There are no sidewalks here. The dogs feet and undercarriage can get soaked in mud. The dogs aren't into baths, dipping, or toweling dry their feet. My biggest dog, the Golden goes limp, like Ghandi doing a passive resistance maneuver. Last winter I had to lift him (132#) into our bathtub. I would rather avoid this. I had to clean the WHOLE bathroom. Next on the list is vests.

Mommy doesn't like me taking the dogs in the back of my truck. I don't think the manager of 'Pets Supply Plus' would appreciate 4 wet grimey dogs smelling everyones crotch. On the other hand thiscould be cheap entertainment.
post #16 of 19
Look at Ruffwear boots. My St. Bernard uses them. Yes she is a snow dog with webbed feet. I am not worried about cold feet or muddy feet. I am worried about the stick or rock or whatever it was that ripped one of her toenails out of her hind foot. She got used to all the fuss about having something on her feet. She uses them on the boat too to have less slippery footing. We have not lost one yet, but she does throw one occasionally.
Good Luck
post #17 of 19
My dog ALWAYS get really torn up on the pheasant opener. Late season is tough too, because of the freeze/thaw cycles. Ice crystals really ravage him, and MN uses LOTS of salt on the roads.

I feel bad for him, but I know he'd hate the booties more. That's just how he is - he can't stand even wearing a collar! Nothing more pathetic than watching your dog jump out of the car to hunt and then hitting the deck because his feet hurt... Nevermind the little bloody trail he leaves behind on the snow. Poor guy. It doesn't happen to my dad's dog though - he gets out into the field all the time. My dog is a city dog, so he's on pavement all the time, and I don't think it toughens him up much.
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Originally Posted by Johnnys Zoo View Post
The Maggot method!!
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