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Why Your Dog Needs Dog Shoes

January 27, 2018


Don’t think the family dog needs dog boots, shoes, or booties? Think again. While most people think dog shoes are just for fun, there are many legitimate reasons why a dog would benefit from wearing them.

Which Breeds Benefit From Dog Shoes?

Honestly, all dogs would benefit from foot protection from a range of weather elements from extreme wet and cold to hot weather where the pavement they walk on can burn their sensitive paws.

However, smaller dog breeds like chihuahuas, terriers, and pomeranians etc. are especially worrisome because of their very small feet.

Outdoor Activities

Have an active outdoor dog that goes hiking, running, hunting, or biking with you and the family? An ideal approach to protect the dog’s paws from outdoor dangers is to use sturdy dog shoes made for rough outdoor conditions. 


There are any number of bad things that can happen to a dog’s sensitive paw pads and the areas between them too. It is possible that the pads can get cuts or wear out if your dog hikes on slippery, rocky trails or sprints on hard pavement. Dog shoes can give protection against these hazards.

Health Issues

Orthopedic dog shoes or boots may aid an older dog whose paws and back are starting to show indications of age or assist a breed of dog that’s prone to hip problems.

Vets usually advise orthopedic dog shoes for the extra cushioning and support they give to dogs. These types of dog shoes protect their toes from being rubbed, especially if you have an older dog that drags his feet while walking. Increasing your dog’s stability will also help mobility.

Summertime Heat

To protect a dog’s feet from blazing hot asphalt and cement during summer months, use dog shoes. Remember what it feels like when you go without footwear in the hot sand or on a pool deck will make you appreciate how the heat might hurt a dog’s paws. Lightweight dog shoes can make summertime walking much more comfortable.

Winter Freeze

In the colder months, dog shoes come in handy. Snow can build up in the hair between a dog’s paws, and if it turns to ice it can cut the webbing between toes or tear those sensitive pads. To keep and protect them from this, and also keep them from slipping on ice, utilize a strong pair of dog shoes with rubber soles.

Housekeeping Issues

Waterproof dog shoes are lifesavers for a person’s hard floors and floor coverings that aren’t easily cleaned. Many dogs don’t have an issue with getting wet and are unaffected by their dirty paws.


They will come running inside after being outside without hesitation, spreading water and mud around instantly. Waterproof shoes can be removed before the dog comes into the house, saving the clean-up duty from a rainy day.

Consider the conditions your dog is routinely exposed to: weather, terrain, health issues, and old age and consider starting a routine of wearing dog shoes when outdoors.

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