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Anyone have any experience with booties from http://www.dogbooties.com?

They are a lot cheaper then the muttluks at $10 a set of 4 and they seem to get overall good reviews.

Any other good booties that aren't a fortune?

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I've never used booties but check out this video (starting at 7:24)
she talks about booties and recommends http://pawzdogboots.com she even gives a demo with five different kinds to include a review but the one she recommends is at 12:11 (demo) and 18:21 (review).

Here is another site http://www.howlingdogboutique.com/store/ I use HowlingDog for our Vs, haven't bought anything for the Havs (yet).

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I've got a pair of Muttluks and another pair that my mom bought that look pretty much identical to the Muttluks. Unfortunately I cut the tag out of them (either it was irritating Brody or he kept chewing at it...I can't remember which) so I'm not sure the brand. I know my mom didn't spend a fortune on them (because she wouldn't).

They look identical to these however: http://piscespets.com/products/dogs/...weather-boots/

But I highly doubt my mom would have spent that much. Anyhow, I use them more than the muttluks just because the give in them was a bit more so they were easier to put on. I'll probably end up switching to the muttluks soon because the sole has worn away (pulled back) on one of the boots and that foot gets cold and he'll lift that foot off the ground sometimes and hop around.

I like the cloth part that goes part way up his legs. It helps keeps the snowballs down, but we're lucky that the snow here is usually the dry stuff so that doesn't tend to be a huge problem.

This is so bad, but the muttluks were pricey and I'm scared of losing one, which is another reason I use the cheaper pair more often. Ha ha. I have these nice expensive pair of boots and am afraid to use them.

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I use muttluks, i only use them when the weather gets really cold and when there is slush/snow on the ground. The cheaper ones just don't stay on as well and tend to matt the fur more or wear out. There is a bit of a trick to getting them on, but once you get the hang of it they stay put and work well. I find if you smush down all the fur and then wrap the velcro quite snug they work well.


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I tried them and gave up. It takes forever to put on 12 boots Plus my guys didn't want to walk in them. I use Musher's Secret for the snow. It is a wax and keeps the snow from getting between the toes. It works great! i just mush my guys paws in it before out hikes.
Doesn't help with snowballs on the legs though! Snowsuits help with that.





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Thanks. The Pawz aren't what I'm looking for as I wanted something to keep her feet warm and dry. I have a feeling I am going to wind up with the Muttluks.
For those that have them, are they true to size?

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I didn't have a problem with sizing. I think I pretty much guessed on sizing as trying to trace his foot on a piece of paper certainly wasn't gonna happen. I just can't remember if I got him XS or XXS. I'll have to try to remember to look at them when I get home (the current pair he is wearing have the labels cut out).

I found the easiest way to put them on was to open the velcro and make sure the strap was quite loose, then fold back/down the cloth section that goes up the leg. Open up the foot hole part with my fingers as best as I can then slide it on his foot and then roll up the cloth part up his leg. I also have to massage his foot before tightening the velcro strap because he balls up his foot and if I don't make him relax the foot then the boot comes off easier. Then I tighten it quite snugly (I tighten it much tighter than I did when I first got them and I was all afraid of hurting him/cutting off circulation). I can do them now in a couple of minutes, but this is our 3rd year of putting them on.

Brody is pretty cooperative, after we get past the part of him running to hide when he sees me grab the boots. Once we get started he's good. We do his two front feet with him sitting next to me on the couch. Then he moves away and walks over to stand on top of his crate where I put on one of his back feet, then he moves around to have his last foot available. I've never been able to figure out if he is intentionally trying to be helpful or not. ha ha

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If you go to a "good" pet supply store they should help you size the muttluks and try them on to make sure they fit.

It will be a struggle to get them on the first few times. My dogs quickly learn that getting them on means they are going for a long walk so they put up with it.

I sit the dog on my lap, I make sure all boot is fully opened up, i flatten out all the fur, i hold the ankle firmly with one hand, and holding the ankle i put my whole hand into the boot, quickly let go and wrap the velcro tightly. Once the foot is securely in and wrapped (and not going anywhere) I adjust the foot so it's all the way in, and then re-tighten the velcro so it's really snug and won't slide or go anywhere.

The dog always walks really silly at the beginning with the boots on, but it doesn't last. They quickly forget about the boots and start walking normally.


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