The Benefits of Booties for Dogs

March 24, 2015

By Laurie Darroch

Although dogs have thick pads on their feet and they are built to weather all kinds of climates and terrain, there are situations where booties can add protection for their feet. When their own natural protection is not enough, booties will help to keep their feet free of injury.

Dog booties come in many different styles and materials designed for specific uses, ranging from weather extremes and injury protection to fun and everything in between.

Seasonal Booties

The extremes of weather can wreak havoc on your dog’s feet. Ice and snow can hurt feet that are not used to walking in the cold, and the sharp ice can cut through the pads of their feet. If you take your dog out to play in the snow, the addition of booties will protect their feet and provide additional insulation.

Dogs can benefit from wearing protective booties in the summer as well, particularly on scorcher days when the pavement or sand is extremely hot. Think about it; if the pavement or sand is too hot for you to walk on with bare feet, it’s probably uncomfortable for your canine friend as well. Dogs can get burned or frozen feet the same way you can.

Injured Feet

If your dog has a foot injury, they may need extra protection while on walks. Booties will protect the wound and help to keep any bandaging in place, and help to keep the dog from chewing at the bandaging and the wound so it can heal properly. Depending on the type of bootie you are putting on your dog, some styles provide extra padding as well, to cushion an injured foot.

Rough Terrain

Sharp objects such as rocks in streams or on hikes, shards of glass or other debris, sharp shells at the beach, and so forth can cut your dog’s feet. Booties can protect their feet from jagged edges that can pierce the pads of their feet or cut between their toes. Rough bits can’t get imbedded in their pads or between their feet either, if your dog is wearing booties.

Vanity Boots

Although they may not always be a necessity, there are so many varieties of booties available for dogs, ranging from sandals and full leather boots, to color coordinated fashion of every kind. If you enjoy fussing over your dog with clothes, fancy collars and other attire, there are booties available for every taste.

Not every dog will easily accept booties. When they are not used to how booties feel, it can be quite humorous watching the prancing and dancing around as they get used to the feel of them on their feet. However, when their feet need protecting, your dog will soon learn to associate wearing the booties with the fun outdoor excursions that take place.

If you need help to get your dog get used to the idea of wearing booties, make sure it is a positive experience from the beginning with praise, a calm voice and a CANIDAE PURE Chewy dog treat.

It is a good idea to check your dog’s feet periodically and thoroughly examine the pads for any excessive cracking, burns, cuts or foreign matter such as thorns imbedded in their feet. Booties can help prevent some of these issues in the extremes of terrain or weather. They may look odd when a dog is wearing them, but they will do the job they are designed to do.

Top photo by Mitch Barrie/Flickr
Bottom photo by Kathleen Tyler Conklin/Flickr

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