A dog will not say something if there’s pain or discomfort while walking, so it will become important to educate oneself about the situations dogs might encounter and whether or not shoes are appropriate for them to be wearing.
Some dogs can benefit from wearing dog shoes, especially if they have furry feet that collect ice and snow between the toes, but fit is very important.
Shoes should be comfortable, without rubbing against the dog’s paws, and of course they need to actually stay on as well. Be prepared to try out lots of shoes or booties until you find the ones that are right for your dog’s precious paws.
Many dog owners will ask themselves if and when they should start putting shoes on their dog’s feet.
As far as the “if” is concerned, dog owners should ask themselves if they are willing to walk outside barefoot in the wintertime if they live in an inclement climate. That should answer the question for dog owners.
Many people use sled dogs as a defense against feeling obligated to adorn their pooch’s feet with shoes, but a person should know that sled dogs are a special breed of dog with a thick fur coating and special padding on their feet from training outside.
As far as the “when” is concerned, dog owners should again use their own comfort level to gauge the appropriateness of when their dogs should wear shoes. We have already covered wintertime dog woes, but what about summertime?
If a dog owner would be reluctant to walk in the hot sand on the beach barefoot, or across a hot pool deck with feet unprotected, they should place some shoes on their beloved dog’s paws too.
If unsure whether your dog needs shoes, if it might be too hot or too cold, use this simple test, stand on the surface you plan to take the dog on in your bare feet, if you can’t stand it for more than five consecutive seconds, then put shoes on the dog’s paws.
If your dog has an injury to the foot, or needs to have surgery on its feet for some reason, it will be important to cover the dog’s feet for an optimal recovery. Shoes will help keep the wound or surgical incision clean until it fully heals.
If you are planning a hike in the mountains or woods where there will be many hazards for both human and dog, such as sharp rocks, roots, burrs, dips in the soil, etc., plan to put your dog in protective shoes just like you would for your own feet. Dog paws are subject to cuts and scrapes, but also burning and frostbite too.
Dog owners may want to get their dogs accustomed to wearing shoes during normal occasions so when it’s time to protect their paws from the weather or other hazards, it will be slightly easier to cover the terrain.