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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-20-2016, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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Booties for SAR dogs

Long story short.. a friend of mine is from Ecuador and the earthquake just hit there. Their search dogs are getting their feet all cut up and she would like to buy some booties of sorts for them to help.. do you have any suggestions on kinds to buy?
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Nope. Maybe someone who has done disaster.

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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-21-2016, 08:35 AM
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I think if you google "Kevlar dog booties" you may find something suitable. Kevlar is pretty tough stuff!
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We have booties in our cache, but rarely use them. Our USAR dogs splay their feet and need to be able to feel what's under them, so the booties are not used. I need my dog to be able to use her feet to get over obstacles.
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Whitney I think remember that during 9/11 many people donated booties to the dogs working the site. I will check out some SAR sites and see. I agree Kevlar would probably work. I also remember another disaster where folks were donating to the SAR and detection dogs.I just saw this post two minutes ago. Ill check around.

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I would think it is pretty risky to run a disaster search dog in 4 booties, if they can't grip they are at risk. I just carry booties (Ruff wear) for injury. You could just get regular sled dog booties. They are just the fabric but will serve as some protection. Mind have a bit of rubber plastic on the bottoms. Kevlar might cost a bit.

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Kevlar is about $60-$90 dollars. I'm thinking something like this to have on hand but again, there are risks to using these.Amazon.com : Lonsuneer Protective Dog Boots Nonslip Breathable and Flexible for Dog Daily Walks, Size M, L, Xl, Red Color (Large - Inner Sole Width 2.83 Inch) : Pet Supplies

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I don't know much about SAR but I have some experience with dog booties. Check my post here.

https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...ml#post7660233

I would also suggest having your dog wear them a while before you deploy for actual SAR. Many dogs find booties awkward and it will take a little time and patience to get them used to wearing them.

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I did the sock thing for Grim when he got a staph infection on his foot and it was healing. He even passed his NAPWDA test while we were dealing with it but I pulled off the sock during the rubble test and then washed his feet off with betadine rinse when he was done. That picture is exactly how I did the sock.

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