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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-28-2014, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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Dog Boots???

With temps below zero F this week, I have been looking at Dog Boots online.

Top of the line Ruffwear ones are about $90 for a set of 4.

Just looking for comments...

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We have nothing but heavy snow and very cold temps ranging from -2 to -4 F. Gus has not needed boots to this point. Has never shown discomfort from the cold.

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I was considering boots when I lived in the city, because of the salt. I decided not to get them because I was worried about traction. This was a long time ago though, so they probably have better ones on the market now.
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I don't let them out long enough for them to be bothered I guess...many dogs would not tolerate having them on....If I was going to try boots, I think I would get an inexpensive pair as they probably won't be needed long or the dog may not tolerate them and you won't have wasted alot of $$$ on them!

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2 lap around the front yard this morning and he didn't want to put his paws down anymore, and headed straight back to the front door. The big wimp!!!

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Check out geartrade.com. I think they have some dog boots right now. You can also order mushing booties for three bucks from here: Affordable Dog Sleds Dog Boots


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Ruffwear has very good boots, but some dogs have issues with them because of where their dewclaws are I think. They make socks which can help that though.
I got a pair for my terrier after he was limping due to the cold/ice one winter, but they kept falling off.
For my GSD I only used boots for the salt, the city here goes salt crazy in the winter. Since it wasn't for warmth I just used the Pawz disposable dog boots which work well.


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We used booties on ours when we went snowshoeing as he'd get ice balls built up between the pads after a while. Used a soft cloth sock under the thicker outer. He took to them well and didn't mind. Sorry, I don't remember the brand.
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To prevent ice balls I have used pam non-stick cooking spray, sounds weird but it worked well.
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It takes some work to get dogs used to boots. Duck walking and foot flipping is not unusual.
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