Paw Sizing Information
When it comes to choosing dog socks, it is important that you know the right paw size of your pet.
Place the front paw on a blank piece of paper, with the dog standing up with its full weight on the paws. Draw a sketch from the longest toe nail to the back of the paw and make a second marking. Make sure the dog’s nails are trimmed before you start taking the measurements. A standing position will give a wider and more accurate measurement.
Check the distance between the first and second marking. The reference sizing chart will give you an accurate size figure based on the markings.
A snug fit is the best size choice for a dog, which should include the entire paw and toe nails.
Putting Socks on Your Pooch
• Take the dog sock in your hand and ensure it is fully open.
• Include dewclaws (if applicable) in the dog boot so that the pooch doesn’t feel uncomfortable wearing the sock. Stand over your pooch and try to slip the sock from behind it
• Use one hand to hold its elbow and use the other to wiggle the pet’s foot in the sock
• Lift the opposite leg of the dog sock you put on and ensure your pet puts full weight into the sock so that the leg is set down comfortably.
If size of the dog sock falls in between different sizes, do not hesitate to pick the larger of the two so that the dog socks are not tight for the pooch.
Helpful Tip: If your pooch weighs less than 15 pounds, it may help to elevate it on a counter before trying to put socks on.
Getting Your Pooch Acclimatized to New Dog Socks
Your pooch may not feel comfortable in the dog sock for the first time. After all, it is not used to wearing socks! Do not be surprised if your four-legged friend starts to behave differently as the ground doesn’t feel the same to it. Once you have it wear the dog booties, try to engage it in its favorite activity, so that the focus shifts from socks. Does it like to catch a flying disk or chase a ball?
It might help to throw a treat and applaud the pet when it runs after it with the socks on. The dog may take a few days to feel completely accustomed to the dog socks. During the initial period or until the pet has got accustomed to wearing the dog footwear, never leave your pooch unattended with its socks on.
Tip: Never allow your pet to wear the socks for longer period of time, as sweating through the paws might cause irritation or overheating.
Start with two front paws. Once your pooch is used to wearing dog socks, put all four dog socks on.