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I met a GSD expert in person the other day and she said my GSD must have hiking shoes. For context, she’s only 9 months and we haven’t taken her for any hikes and don’t plan to for awhile until she’s older, but I would like to work on her breaking them in if she does need them.

So.. Does a GSD need booties for hiking?! I’ve read conflicting information now and I don’t know what to do. I saw photos of dogs that got worse blisters in the booties and were miserable.
No. They don't. Well, maybe if you lived somewhere covered in snow, ice, and -20F weather. That'd be a good reason for booties. Otherwise, no, they don't need booties. Their feet and paw pads are nice and tough.

Jack has never gotten a blister while hiking. His only injuries come from scrambling on underwater rocks and accidentally plowing into brier vines. The risk for blisters comes more from walking on blazing hot pavement in the summer sun.
 
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