How to choose the right dog boots for your dog
Dog boots sound like the perfect solution to your dog's paw issues. Now you've got to choose the right boots for the job. That can be a confusing prospect as there are a lot of options out there... all with different considerations including cost, quality and design. At Waggle we've been helping people get the right boots for their dogs for 5 years and we'd love to share our experience with you.
Select your dog boots based on functionality.
This seems kind of obvious but it's not always as intuitive as you'd think. If you are buying dog boots for frequent long term usage it's best to get something that's both durable and comfortable. Cheap fru fru dog shoes just aren't going to do the job! Have a serious look at the structure of the boots and of the material the soles are constructed from.
We choose to sell dog shoes which are as close in performance to human shoes as possible. We favour the Ruffwear range because they wear very well and have a lifetime warantee against any manufacturing faults. Ruffwear's Grip Trex style boots have soles made from Vibram which you may be familiar with as the same material used in high performance sports shoes for people. These are the same dog boots worn by the Australian Army dogs on special overseas missions. We know because we supply them. Also, all Guide Dogs in NSW and WA wear Ruffwear dog boots to protect their paws from rough surfaces and hot pavement. Dogs in high places have given the Ruffwear range a double paws up.
Ruffwear supplies three different styles of boot. Which one you choose depends on your dog's activity level and activity range. I'll run you through the three different styles below.
Special recommendations for dogs who drag their paws
If your dog drags his or her paw due to an injury or medical condition your best boot choice will be the Ruffwear Grip Trex Boots. These boots have the most heavily reinforced upper above the toe, which is the area that takes a beating when your dog drags a paw. While none of the boots were designed for wear on the uppers, these boots are the best for this job. If you purchase boots for a dog who drags a paw we recommend that you reinforce any areas on the upper which will experience extra wear with rubber cement. This creates a protective coating kind of like an extra bit of sole on the upper. When the rubber cement wears thin just reapply. This will give your Grip Trex Boots the longest possible wear and has worked well for our customers.
Dog boot sizing
Sizing is crucial. To be sure you're getting the right size shoes for your dog have a look at our guide to Getting the right size boot for your dog.