- ⭐ RUFFWEAR GRIP TREX DOG BOOTS
- ⭐ RUFFWEAR SUMMIT TREX DOG BOOTS
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- Getting the right size dog boots for my dog
- Which boots are right for my dog
- Will boots stop my dog’s slipping?
- Boots help with skin allergies and itchy paws
- Paw dragging? Ruffwear boots can help!
- Best boots for service dogs
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 warrantee 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. Ruffwear recommends different boots depending on activity range. I'll run you through the three different options below.
After 15 years selling Ruffwear Boots I would generally recommend the Grip Trex Boots for most situations.
I've found that the Grip Trex tend to be the best boots for most scenarios in Australia. Here's my reasoning. The Grip Trex are not much more dear than the Summit Trex and they have added durability because they are made from tougher materials. This is a rugged country. We have all sorts of bindis rough surfaces. The Vibram sole is a good match for our challenges here.
The Grip Trex Boots also have a more breathable upper. As our dogs here in Australia are likely to be in fairly hot temperatures frequently I find the breathability to be very vaulable. Dogs sweat from their paws and are more likely to get irritation or discomfort if the paws don't get enough air.
Based on durability, value for money and functionality I'd go the Ruffwear Grip Trex Boots almost every time.
There are those cases where a dog requires a more flexible sole because of very sensitive paw issues. Often this can be a Greyhound with corns. That's when I'd go the Summit Trex Boots.
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. Read how they are best suited to help here.
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.