Paw Sizing Information
When it comes to choosing dog boots or 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 Boots on Your Pooch
When your pooch is ready to go outdoors, it’s time to help it get acclimatized with the dog boots. The following steps will help:
• Take the dog boot in your hand and ensure it is fully open. Open the strap fastener
• Include dewclaws (if applicable) in the dog boot so that the pooch doesn’t feel uncomfortable wearing the boot. Stand over your pooch and try to slip the boot from behind it
• Enter your finger in the back of the shoe so that the paw slides to the front of the boot. Bunch up the cuff and try to slowly pull the boot over the paw.
• Use one hand to hold its elbow and use the other to wiggle the pet’s foot in the boot
• Lift the opposite leg of the dog boot you put on and ensure your pet puts full weight into the boot so that the leg is set down comfortably. Shut the strap TIGHTLY around the boot.
A snug fit will ensure that your pooch has an enjoyable outdoor experience.
If size of the dog shoe falls in between different sizes, do not hesitate to pick the larger of the two so that the dog boots 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 shoes on.
Getting Your Pooch Acclimatized to New Dog Boots
Your pooch may not feel comfortable in the dog boot for the first time. After all, it is not used to wearing shoes! 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 boots. 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 shoes on. You may want to check closures after 10 or 15 minutes so that dog boots are still secure on its paws.
The dog may take a few days to feel completely accustomed to the dog shoes or dog socks. To help the cause, start off on easy hikes before venturing out for the big ones.
During the initial period or until the pet has got accustomed to wearing the dog footwear, never leave your pooch unattended with its boots or shoes on.
Tip: Never allow your pet to wear the boots 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 shoes, put all four dog boots on.