If you’re a dog owner, you may have considered getting boots for your furry friend. Whether it’s to protect their paws from extreme weather conditions or simply for style, finding the right fit is essential. In this article, we will guide you on how to measure your dog’s paws and put on their boots with ease.
Measuring Your Dog’s Paws
To determine the correct size of dog boots, it’s important to measure your dog’s paws accurately. Follow these simple steps:
Measure the Length and Width: While your dog is standing, have them stand on a blank piece of paper. Mark the front and back of the paw, including the toenail. Measure the distance between the lines for the length. Repeat the process on the left and right sides of the paw for the width. It’s crucial to measure the entire part of the paw that touches the floor.
Consider Standing Measurement: When your dog is standing, you’ll get a more accurate measurement compared to when they’re laying or sitting. This is because their paws are fully splayed, giving you a wider measurement.
Refer to Size Charts: Each product page on our website includes a specific size chart for that particular dog shoe. Most pages also feature a chart for your dog to stand on, making it easier for you to pick the right size. Ensure your printer is set to “ACTUAL SIZE” or 100% setting for accurate measurements.
If your dog’s shoe size falls between two different sizes, it’s recommended to choose the larger size for a comfortable fit. Remember, you want the boots to feel snug but not too tight or uncomfortable.
If you find the measuring process overwhelming or need further assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re here to help you!
Putting Dog Shoes On
Now that you have the right size, it’s time to put the boots on your furry friend. Follow these steps for a secure and comfortable fit:
Ensure Your Dog is Standing: It’s crucial to put the shoes on while your dog is standing to ensure a proper fit. This way, you can ensure that the boots are securely fastened, with your dog’s weight fully on their paws.
Open the Shoe: Before placing your dog’s paw into the shoe, make sure it is fully open. Include the dewclaws (if applicable) to avoid discomfort.
Use a Shoe Horn: If needed, use your finger as a shoe horn at the back of the shoe. This will help the paw slide to the front of the shoe easily.
Check Placement: Run your index finger through the shoe to ensure the paw is fully placed at the front. Lightly squeeze the front of the shoe and feel for the toes to ensure the paw is well-positioned.
Strap it Snugly: With your dog standing on the shoe, tuck in any fur and securely strap or zip the shoe closed. Ensure it fits snugly but is not too tight.
If you have a smaller breed dog weighing less than 15 pounds, you may want to consider elevating them on a counter or table before putting the shoes on. This reduces confusion and prevents them from thinking it’s playtime.
Getting Your Dog Used to New Dog Booties
Introducing dog booties to your dog may initially seem amusing. They might do a little dance or prance around, trying to understand the new sensation. To help them adjust comfortably, follow these tips:
Distract and Engage: Once the boots are on, immediately engage your dog in their favorite activity. This redirects their focus, allowing them to forget about the new boots. Play fetch, catch a flying disk, or simply throw a treat and praise them when they run after it.
Check for Security: After 10 or 15 minutes of activity, check the closures and ensure the boots are still securely in place. This initial period is the “break-in” period, as the upper part of the boots softens and conforms to your dog’s paws.
Gradual Acclimation: Like breaking in new hiking boots, start with shorter walks and gradually increase the duration. This allows your dog to adapt to wearing the boots comfortably over time.
It’s important to note that dogs sweat through their paws. To prevent irritation or overheating, never leave your dog unattended while wearing boots or shoes. Keep an eye on their comfort levels and adjust accordingly.
For more detailed training information and tips on how to get your dog accustomed to wearing boots, check out our article here.
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