Dog Shoes 401: Everything Else You Need To Know About Dog Shoes
Is My Dog Going to Dance Like a Ballerina In Their New Dog Boots?
This has to be one of the top questions we get from pawrents. The level of dancing really does depend on the dog, for some they literally start walking perfectly find right from the beginning.
In case you haven’t seen those hilarious dancing dogs, feel free to laugh a little here.
For most, there are a few awkward steps at the beginning that you definitely want to have your camera ready for, but after a few times they will be running like normal through the backyard.
Why does it happen? Well if you have ever seen a toddler walk in shoes for the first time, or your first time in high heels, it is interestingly very similar.
There are new objects on their paws and it takes a little bit of time to master it.
There are ways of making the transition easier for your dog and best of all you can start that process right now before your dog shoes even arrive!
We have all of our tips right below in “How Do I Help My Dog Adjust To Dog Shoes?”
How Do I Help My Dog Adjust To Dog Shoes?
We have our training tips below, but definitely start touching and rubbing your dog’s paws now with high value treats. That way they associate getting their paws touched with an amazing treat!
This will help when it comes time to clip their nails and also put on their new dog shoes.
Training your dog to wear our dog boots is very simple if you follow these instructions:
Supplies: High value treats, leash, camera (you will not want to miss your pups first time in the shoes!)
1) Have high value treats ready. Similar to puppy kindergarten you want something they typically do not receive and if possible, no treats earlier that day.
2) Have your dog sit or lay down. Start with one shoe on the front paw, loosen the straps, and place the paw inside. If you don’t feel their nails at the front of the shoe, slide the shoe up more. Fasten both straps securely (you should not be able to stick your finger between the leg and the straps). Reward your dog for being good!
3) Now let’s put on the second shoe in the front following the same process. Once again reward your pup!
4) If you and your pup need a break you can start walking your dog inside with a leash. Walking indoors with a leash makes them feel comfortable. Giving them some small treats during the walk indoors helps them realize this is normal and they are doing great!
5) If your pup is doing well with the first two shoes, then add the rear shoes following the same method.
6) After your dog has all four shoes on go for another walk indoors and wait a bit before taking them outside. Get their toys and play with them while they adjust. You want your dog to see that boots can equal fun, and there’s no better way than immediately starting to play and of course treats.
7) Once your dog adjusts inside the house you can get ready for an outdoor walk.
8) Snap a picture or a video and tag us so we can see how pawsome your pup is doing in their new shoes. Use #MyBusyDog so we can see them rocking those new kicks!
Additional FAQ Dog Shoe Questions
How do I wash my dog shoes?
We recommend hand washing them with cold water and dog shampoo (to ensure your dog does not have a reaction to other types of soaps). Then air dry.
What if my dog has two different sized paws?
Don’t worry, just let us know in the notes field during checkout and we will send you a custom set of dog shoes.
Should my dog wear socks with their dog booties?
Typically, most dogs do not need socks. However, they do make cleanup a lot easier because you can throw the socks into the wash to keep those dog shoes smelling nice. Dogs need socks when the shoe is close to the dewclaw, they are wearing boots for hours (prevents rubbing), or if they are a puppy and still growing into the size you ordered. We recommend buying baby/toddler socks as they come in a variety of sizes at an affordable price point.
When should I buy some for my puppy that keeps growing?
Puppies, similar to babies, grow out of everything (colors, crates, harnesses, etc.). Puppies paws typically are the first thing to grow completely but depending on the dog can vary greatly from 3 months old until 10 months old. At first, we recommend just touching their paws continually so they used to their paws being touched (this will also help during nail trims). If you need boots right away just know that you will often have to buy another set as they grow. You can go up one size and use socks to get some additional longevity out of them. Once your pup is about 8-10 months old their paws are fully grown, but ask your vet if they believe the paws are just about fully grown during your next visit to double check.
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That's it! That's everything you need to know about dog shoes. Don't gamble your dog's paws any longer. Get them the dog shoes to protect their precious paws.
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