Paw pads rubbed off
In the past, we experimented with with having Nala, our GSD, run along side us on our bikes for short a 3 mile round trip on blacktop. After that trip, a few of her pads sheared off... they didn't quite wear off, but its like it blistered away and then tore off... exposing the next layer of raw and bloody skin. It was painful for her, but as most dogs are, she was stoic and handled it fine. She healed up pretty quickly. We didn't do that again.
Another time, we took her for an extended run on concrete and black top, and the same thing happened. Poor thing. One more time, it happened when playing catch with a ball in a tennis court.
I am giving these examples, because we don't do these "aggressive" sports on blacktop that often (she does get walks on blacktop daily). Do you guys thing the paw scraping/wearing is because of the infrequency? Perhaps she has "gentle" indoor paws. I'd love to ride my bike more with her... and perhaps if we slowly and carefully build up a stronger tolerance/callouses on her paws, she will be fine down the road for longer/faster runs on blacktop. Has anybody experienced this? Do you think working our way up will help? Any other tips?