No, not that booty. We’re talking foot booties!
Typically, dogs shouldn’t require booties, but there are conditions where booties may benefit them and enable them to enjoy themselves in varying conditions. I promised myself I would never talk about putting little shoes on a dog’s feet, but here we are…and I can admit, yes, they are useful.
Most recently, for us, it’s been a matter of getting Sirius’ tender puppy paws accustomed to the cold ground and snow. Unlike Archer, whose paws are warn by many trails, walks, and seasons, Sirius’ paws are fresh and smooth and… not at all prepared for our northern Ontario winters. At least not yet. So, while we know his paws will be ready one day, in the mean time we’ve been looking at booty options.
So let’s share what we’ve found, and help all those pups facing new environmental conditions enjoy themselves.
- Pawz Dog Boots, Protex Pawz (~$15)
While not necessarily meant to keep paws warm, these latex booties will keep the elements away from your dog’s paws! These seem especially useful in wet environments, and most of all if you’re dealing with a paw injury (like a broken nail or cut) to keep the dirt out and the paw nice and clean.
- Dog Boots, Ruffwear (~$75)
Oh, of course you know Ruffwear has your pup covered when it comes to boots! All options in the Ruffwear booties seem to come with some nice tread on the base of the boot, which will give your dog traction in case of slippery rocks or ice.
- Waterproof Pet Boots, Colorfulhouse (~$20)
Waterproof with molded rubber bottom for non-slip. These booties include reflective material to keep your pup visible no matter what time of day you go to enjoy the outdoors.
- Durable Dog Boots, Ultra Paws (~$35)
With a pliable, grippy sole, and velcro fastener, Ultra Paws has a great option for dog booties! These boots are water-resistant, and can stand up to cold, hot, wet, or dry conditions.
- All Weather Neoprene Paw Protector Dog Boots, Bark Brite (~$30)
High quality neoprene boots that are great for all weather conditions. Including reflective material for high-visibility, these booties are water-resistant, puncture-resistant, and aid in traction.
Oh, and the likelihood your dog will want to wear their booties is slim. Get your camera out for the first time you put those babies on them, and get a good laugh in! Then, just remember it’s about making it a positive experience! And if all else fails, maybe booties are not for them and it’s a matter of adjusting your routine.