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Speak to me of boots! (The dog kind.)

Postby Aubergine » Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:13 pm

Yesterday the GC, Spratmeg, and I went snowshoeing in the local mountains :) It was the first time we'd brought the dogs and they had a great time. Nutmeg was *totally* in her element in the snow, but Spratley started to get snowballs in his pads, to the point where he was limping and looking pathetic, and we had to turn back early since he kept stopping and holding up his paws. The GC alternated walking him, and carrying him back to the car. Spratley milked it for all it was worth :lol: but we really can't do that every time we go. I do think he enjoyed himself overall, but the snowballs just really got to be too much for him.

Instead, we shall further accessorize these very spoiled hounds with some boots. Another snowshoer recommended Ultra Paws (http://www.ultrapaws.com/Ultra-Paws-Sno ... tinfo/306/) or (http://www.ultrapaws.com/Ultra-Paws-Rug ... info/303R/).

Anyone have any experience with boots, and recommendations? Spratley wasn't cold, so I don't need to get him anything insulated, but we do need something that is tough and will stay on. Typically we snowshoe for a couple of hours over hilly terrain, and I'm worried that something like PAWZ will just come off.

Also, those of you who do have dog boots, how easy was it to train your dog to wear them?

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Re: Speak to me of boots! (The dog kind.)

Postby Carson_Crazies » Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:16 pm

No experience with booties, but maybe try musher's secret? Good stuff. Supposed to cut out/down the snowballs, and is also a good protectant in the heat as well.

My vague sort of on the sidelines bootie experience mostly involves hunting for them. rofl
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Re: Speak to me of boots! (The dog kind.)

Postby UpwardDog » Mon Jan 14, 2013 4:05 pm

www.dogbooties.com the nylon ones and click for STRETCH VELCRO fasteners.

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Re: Speak to me of boots! (The dog kind.)

Postby whiteboxerboy » Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:49 pm

i'm no help with the boots, sorry.

this may help with the training to get Spratley comfortable wearing his new boots. or not. :lol:

i *still* literally LOL every time i watch this. i know, i'm going to hell for laughing at him but omg he is so hilarious!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM3bsp-L-Lg

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Re: Speak to me of boots! (The dog kind.)

Postby emmas_mom » Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:49 pm

We had a shepherd once who needed to wear boots in snow as he had lost his pads to frostbite while still a puppy (before we got him) - they were the devil to keep on, and we tried many different types and tricks.
However, I'm currently looking after a collie who has the same problem as Spratley and wears boots (fortunately, it hasn't snowed here yet, touch wood, but her mama left her boots with me just in case). There's no brand name on them but I think she said they are Musher boots - they look kinda like little baby booties with a stretchy sock-like neck, leather soles and gortex uppers - and a velcro strap that goes all the way around. Apparently Riley isn't crazy about them but will wear them.
Sadie and Charley both got balls of snow in their pads which would prevent them from walking. I never got them to wear boots, but I did learn it is really, really important to trim all the foot hair - underneath and between the toes and on top and around the heel.
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Postby emmas_mom » Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:57 pm

I think these are the ones Riley has - Muttluks: http://www.muttluks.com/product_home.php?cat=2 (Hers are the All Weather Muttluks, with the stretchy neck, not the Hotdoggers ones).
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Postby Crysania » Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:07 am

I've yet to find a boot that stays on in deep snow. These worked the best: http://pawzdogboots.com/ But I ultimately just gave up. Now I keep her paw hair trimmed really well in the winter and use Bag Balm or Musher's Secret to help keep the snowballs from building up.

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Postby Moemer » Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:11 am

I got the dogbooties.com ones, they seem to work well! but, they don't wear them in deep snow (just for sidewalk salt when it gets bad) because they don't get snowballs - so someone ese will have to speak to how well they stay on. They are CHEAP though!
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Postby Carson_Crazies » Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:38 am

My friend, Julie, uses the muttluks booties - she says they suck less than the others she's tried. But we certainly have spent a fair time looking for them too. Lost booties. It's what we do.

I just wish I could lose my own bootie that easily. Sigh.
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Re: Speak to me of boots! (The dog kind.)

Postby UpwardDog » Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:03 am

Muttlucks were awful for all of my dogs. They are sold everywhere here and yet nobody I've met has made them work. Living here dog people talk about boots a LOT lol There's a plastic piece that the strap runs through that sits right on the dew claw so I can neither get them tight enough to stay on or have them be comfy for the dogs. Snow also packs all around the top of muttlucks really badly and freezes their legs. And they're expensive.

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Postby Crysania » Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:12 am

Snow also packs all around the top of muttlucks really badly and freezes their legs.
I had that problem too. I spent almost as much time cleaning out the top of the booties as I did cleaning out snow from her paws.

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Re: Speak to me of boots! (The dog kind.)

Postby Aubergine » Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:13 am

I ordered 8 bright orange ones from Dogbooties.com. Can't beat the price! ($2.50 per bootie!) :thumbup:

We'll see how these work :D

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Re: Speak to me of boots! (The dog kind.)

Postby UpwardDog » Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:57 am

I love the orange. Sam and Trick are wearing red because their coats are navy and red (boring). Rosie has the bright lime green.
We used to have the purple and the blue.
I saw on pinterest a blog post about making knitted slippers non-slip but using plasti-dip. I've been meaning to plastic dip the bottoms to make them a bit more durable and less slippery. I used rubber cement which works ok but doesn't last.

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Re: Speak to me of boots! (The dog kind.)

Postby RobinS » Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:08 am

I have no suggestions, but I am nosey and want to know what a "GC" is! LOL

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Re: Speak to me of boots! (The dog kind.)

Postby Aubergine » Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:58 am

Robin, it's my "Gentleman Caller" :lol:

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Postby RobinS » Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:05 am

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!! LOL

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Postby Carson_Crazies » Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:41 pm

I'm sorry, but is anyone other than me reading the subject as "Speak to me of BOOBS!" ????
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Re: Speak to me of boots! (The dog kind.)

Postby Aubergine » Tue Jan 15, 2013 1:14 pm

Laura :rofl:

Boobs (the dog kind?) go in a different forum...

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Re: Speak to me of boots! (The dog kind.)

Postby whiteboxerboy » Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:53 pm

Robin, it's my "Gentleman Caller" :lol:

and if the photo of him carrying Spratley was on his FB page i believe you are now 'kissin' cousins'. :lol: :rofl:

he's very handsome! :smile:


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