As every woman knows (and even some of you guys out there, admit it!) a cute pair of shoes can make you feel like a million bucks – even if you got them on sale for next-to-nothin’.
So why shouldn’t our furry pals have the same privilege?
You may be thinking, “ah…because they’re dogs”, but you may be surprised to learn all the advantages of putting a quad on the paws…on top of some outrageously funny moments…
Check out the top reasons why you should get dog shoes for your pup.
The harsh elements that bring snow, ice and rain and the chemicals we use to reduce sliding (salt, sand etc) can be harmful to your canine’s paws. Un-shoed feet can result in cracks in the soft tissue between your pup’s toes and on the pads. Cracked or split nails are also possible. All this all spells P.A.I.N. when your fur baby is trying to run and play.
Plus, salt and deicers can be toxic, along with a number of fertilizers used on grass and in feilds. A simple set of shoes for your dog will not only provide it with perfect paw-tection, but will also keep those toes warm and fuzzy during the colder months (and keep those little snowballs from collecting between toes!). One of the best brands out there is Ruffwear. The company was founded by Patrick Kruse and his Australian Cattle Dog, Otis in 1994. Patrick’s company is maniacal about building performance products to enhance and inspire outdoor adventures dogs and their human companions. Trust me, these guys know what they’re doing!
— Ruffwear (@ruffwear) August 11, 2014
Less Mess Means Less Stress!
Let’s face it. We love our canine companions but who wants to clean up the muddy mess after Fido has been outside tromping through the mud? Dog shoes made of rubber provide the perfect accessory for a run in a mucky park or just a no-stress way for your lovable mutt to slop through the puddles you are desperately trying to avoid. Let your pup have its fun, then when you get home simply pull the booties off and give them a quick rinse. Easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy!
Pawz Dog Boots are easy to slip on your pet, comfy and offer protection against the toughest of muddy situations. Plus, they come in a package of twelve for fresh changes in between cleaning.
Give your dog INDEPENDENCE July 4th and every day w/ Pawz Dog Boots.Made in the USA .Waterproof-Disposable-Reusable pic.twitter.com/KsNNf5KRkB
— pawz dog boots (@pawzdogboots) July 2, 2015
Shoes For Every Occasion
If you are anything like me, you probably have a closet full of shoes, ones that can be stepped into and worn out for any occasion that comes your way. Dog shoe designers are now “stepping” up to the challenge and making shoes for dogs to take them from a simple walk around the block, to hiking, to wet, sloppy weather and even ones that can be worn in the house to protect those shiny hardwood floors. In addition, they come in many colors and styles to suit even the most finicky and fashionable pet parent. Funny Fur makes a pair for just about any occasion – so adorable (They even make slippers too)!
The Cuteness Factor
Some dogs need shoes because they are hardworking and the protection the footwear provides is a necessity; however, for those smaller, designer dogs, an adorable pair of booties is the finishing touch to that cute-as-a-button outfit – yes! I treat my furbaby like a child, including the wardrobe, but at least there’s no diaper to change. AllDogBoots.com has an incredible selection that will make even the pickiest pup, bark with joy!
— Alldogboots (@alldogboots) September 18, 2015
Tips to Make the Shoe Transition a Paws-itive Experience
If you have ever put a pair of shoes on your dog —or have been present when one is trying them on for the first time—it can be quite funny. Dogs tend to regard the imposing booties as something that needs to be flung off. They will flick, kick and hobble around on two legs (if necessary) to thwart the shoes.
Just like humans dogs need to try out their shoes to feel comfortable and secure in them. Here are a few tips to make your dog’s transition to footwear a paws-itive experience.
- Make sure your dog is in a relaxed and submissive state before you put on the shoes – excited or over anxious behavior will only make the experience worse. A good time is after vigorous play or a long walk when your dog may be more tuckered out or just after a nap when he or she tends to be more subdued.
- Ask your dog to sit or lie down, then slip on each shoe securing it tightly, but not so tight that it’s uncomfortable. You’ll want to take cues from your pup on this one.
- Allow your dog to walk around your home in his new shoes before you venture outside.
- Praise, praise and more praise even if the shoes are only on for a few seconds.
- Give your dog a reward/treat for walking in her new shoes without incident.
- Practice over and over until your dog is comfortable with the shoes
Dogs wearing shoes may not go together like peanut butter and jelly, but it’s also not an impossible task. With a little time and patience you can have your pup stylin’ in her cool kicks in no time at all. Just don’t get upset if your dog becomes a diva and you have to make room in your closet to store all those must-have doggie-designer-doosies…