Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Ontario, Canada
This almost made me scoff and laugh, because I'm one of those people that believes humanizing dogs and other animals is the worst thing we've ever done. Treating them as our babies or fur kids disrespects both humans and dogs. They are two different species, and dog's feet are well design for travelling over rough terrain. Most GSd owners I know would feel the same way if anyone suggested their dogs needed boots for hiking.
Then I started thinking about the differences in climate between the U.S. and Canada. Dogs CAN burn their pads on hot asphalt, or hot rocky surfaces, so I could maybe see the need for booties.
A lot depends on how you condition your dog to rough terrain, how hot it is, the type of terrain, length of the hike, etc. Dog's foot pads become tougher and more callused with wear and tear, just like human feet. And just like humans, they will get sore if you do too much too soon.
OTOH, in many tropical countries in the world, most of the HUMAN population goes barefoot. An article I saw in the Huffington Post said there are 300 million people in the world that can't afford shoes. Why the heck are we worrying about dogs' feet?
First world problems...
Last edited by Sunsilver; 07-14-2019 at 05:53 PM.