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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-28-2019, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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Boots! Pros/cons/preferences...

My city has a crazy thaw/freeze cycle thanks to chinooks, mountains, and winter. Because of this, they give out free pickle for sidewalks and such (mix of sand and salt). Denver seems to be extremely sensitive to it and musherís secret doesnít do much.

For our wheatie we had muttluks and really liked them though Iím not sure how theyíll do on a dog that has So Much Hair. Also dewclaws are a concern - probably a question of practice on that though).

So I am looking for all your thoughts on boots!

~ Michelle and Seda Twinkle LeavinOnAJetPlane (Denver) ~


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I swear there was a conversation about booties last year but I can’t find it. I know there are members with dewclaws living in cold climates so there must be something that fits over them.

I have been surprised by the number of people who just wash their paws when they come inside from the snow! I do try to brush his feet when he’s been walking in the snow because when he gets wet without being combed his paws mat, but I haven’t tried washing them. We use a pet safe product on the front path to our house, but we don’t use the front door to take him out. It’s hard with city sidewalks where there are remnants of a bunch of different products mixed together.

Last winter I did use a sort of wax on his paws. I couldn’t see that it made a difference because he rarely walks on the cleared sidewalk, he loves to walk in the snow next to the sidewalk! He even lays down in the snow, he loves it so much. Our climate has snow during the winter and we do get cold snaps, but it’s relatively mild in the daytime compared to most snowy climates - just cold enough to keep the snow from melting.

We really don’t do a lot of walks in the winter. I tried at first, but over time we found some good ways to help him get energy out indoors. I hope you find the right thing to help you!
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Yeah, I looked and last discussion I saw was from 2007.. figured things and people might have changed opinions by now

We tried Musherís Secret, but Denver still would stop, sit and hold up his paws and look at me sadly. Iíd pick him up, brush the stuff off his pads and then go to the next clear area with no salt to put him back down to walk until we would come up to another house with salt etc. They also lay salt on our roads, so thereís really no escaping it.

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Iím sure there will be more updated replies as people return from the holidays! There are lots of members in snowy areas, and I had trouble getting mine to go potty in the snow, and I know there have been other more recent weather related posts. I bet the conversation Iím remembering was a tangent in an unrelated thread and thatís why itís not coming up in our searches!
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Hi! Re 4-legged "footwear" for winter. I've found the best solution for my 3 Havs - who love the snow and live outside of Boston - is the following (used to avoid major snowballs & protect against salt / chemicals on regular walks) I put a snug fitting dog sock on each leg, then stretch a "Pawz" balloon cover over the sock on the leg. (You need to use the snuggest fitting Pawz. Mine wear the red size.) The sock layer keeps the leg hair covered, and the Paws cover keep water/snow/ice out - while holding the combo on. (It gives them another layer in cold + and traction on the ice.) Bear in mind, it IS a process especially at the beginning until you get the hang of putting on the "Pawz." But I tried several types of dog booties, and they all fell off when my dogs ran even a little bit. Good luck! (Also, forgot to mention they walk a little funny at first - but it's quite cute!)
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LOL, yes to the funny walking. When we started putting boots on my last dog he managed to walk 20 feet on his front feet alone before daring to put his hind ones down on the ground. Most hilarious part is that he had the boots on all 4 feet. He became a champ pretty quickly.

Thank you for the recommendations!
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we have used pawz balloons for a number of things - when there's sticky stuff coming off the tress, etc. and I really like how they stay put (we use the red size as well), but don't really deal with snow/ice here in the NW. the dog sock combo sounds like a great idea.

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