And hiking and running and generally anything else your pooch likes to do with you. You don't go jogging, hiking or playing in the snow without foot protection, and your dog needs the same consideration against the elements and injury. Just as you make sure that your best friend wears his LINK AKC Smart Collar, you should ensure he's got the appropriate dog boots on as well.
Mother Nature's Challenges
Because we're almost always wearing shoes, sometimes we forget how hot the pavement can get under a brutal sun. Hot sidewalks can burn a dog's paws, and lightweight boots can protect against the searing heat.
Then there are those times you have to take your little guy out, even if it's raining. To avoid tracking mud inside, rain boots, whether rubber, plastic or silicone, keep paws dry and floors clean. Many styles even have tread to prevent slipping on slick surfaces.
If you have to deal with snow and ice, plush-lined winter boots not only keep paws dry but warm as well. Dogs who are used to the winter weather and like to play in the snow sometimes get snowballs or ice stuck in the fur between their toes. This is uncomfortable, which is why smart dogs may start bringing their boots to you when they want to go out once they learn the boots offer protection.
Chemicals are often forgotten when taking pets outside. Fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides can be harmful to dogs. If your pet is sensitive to them, dog boots can offer protection.
Even with the closest attention and most loving care, dogs can sustain injuries to their paws. If your dog has foot or paw issues, and you want to make sure he doesn't incur additional injury, dog boots can be just the thing. Retired racing dogs may face infections and chronic injury to the pads of their paws, so the additional cushion between paw and ground can make a huge difference in your dog's comfort and health.