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Recommendation for dog booties

Postby overheadx2 » Sat Apr 12, 2014 7:46 am

I took the dog up to baldy for our Friday hike, and she really chewed up her feet. Her feet are tough since she mountain bikes and hikes with me several times a week. She seemed to have cut her paws up on the loose granite. This is the second time in 3 weeks that she has had a problem. I'm afraid that 3-4 days backpacking will be to much without booties. I have tried booties in the past, but she has very slender paws and they tend to come off relatively quick. Any suggestions?



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Re: Recommendation for dog booties

Postby DriveFly44 » Sat Apr 12, 2014 8:29 am

OHx2, yes the granite is like glass and my little guy got cut up badly the first time. I tried several and these were the best for my pal (went through 3 pairs in about 25 backpacking trips with him - several posted here on HST). There are around 6 sizes to choose from.

http://www.ruffwear.com/Barkn-Boots-Gri ... ategory=11

You said you tried booties.....which kind?

There are cheaper ones out there but these lasted the longest and stayed on his paws (for the most part).


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Re: Recommendation for dog booties

Postby sctopdx » Sat Apr 12, 2014 10:40 am

I can second the Ruffwear Booties- went for a 6 day trip to Seven Gables area & my German Shepard had no issues, except one...watch out for their Dew claws as the Velcro strap can pinch it if you aren't careful. He got a minor cut under one of his. I found it best to keep a close eye on how your dog is walking, more often than not if the booties are slipping or causing irritation you tell pretty quick.
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Re: Recommendation for dog booties

Postby whrdafamI? » Sat Apr 12, 2014 3:21 pm

I too agree that the Ruff Wear "Barking Boots" are the way to go. I have done it both ways, with and without. Without wasn't much fun. By the time we had made the climb up Pine Creek my dogs toe pads were in bad shape. It can put a real damper on the trip. All I can say is if you don't think they are needed then you hike barefoot and lets see how long your feet hold up on granite. One thing is for sure. I am not going to get in a argument over the use of these. Suit yourself.
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Re: Recommendation for dog booties

Postby 87TT » Sat Apr 12, 2014 9:29 pm

Make sure they fit your dog before you go. the ruffwears are good. I use a strip of duct tape around the top to keep them from slipping or getting lost. Actually some of the thin cheap ones seem to be more comfortable on the dog but they just don't last. strong but as flexible as you can is best.
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Re: Recommendation for dog booties

Postby overheadx2 » Sat Apr 12, 2014 9:59 pm

Thanks for the advice. I wasn't arguing against booties, i had tried some in the past with bad results, but now realize I need them. It looks like ruff wear is the way to go. What are your thoughts about the high booties like summit trex as opposed to the ankle ones like grip trex? Do you ever get a lot of debris in them with loose sand or rock? Thanks
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Re: Recommendation for dog booties

Postby whrdafamI? » Sun Apr 13, 2014 12:13 am

OHX2, the argument for or against comment came from the outcome of the last time these were discussed. Just not going down that trail again. What I do is to mark which paw each boot is worn on and make sure that they are always on the same paw. Give your dog time to get used to wearing them.
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Re: Recommendation for dog booties

Postby rlown » Sun Apr 13, 2014 12:00 pm

dogs need the same rest stops we do, if there is dust in your boot, you stop. Same with them, you take off the booties and clean them out.. then put them back on after paws and booties are clean.

Haven't seen gaiters for dogs yet. the best comment i saw so far was watch how your dog is walking. if it changes, stop and clean the booties. If you don't use booties, still watch your dog. Gait changes, then check.

Still, if you're in the sierra, train your dog for booties. Unless you live there and they toughen up naturally due to use. depends on the breed.
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Re: Recommendation for dog booties

Postby overheadx2 » Sun Apr 13, 2014 3:32 pm

Ruffwear calls it a gaiter. It's basically the grip tex with a high sock looking part. It stated that it's to keep debis out. Just though I'd see if it helped or not.
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Re: Recommendation for dog booties

Postby schmalz » Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:40 pm

Out of curiousity, what color are your dogs pads? Are they smooth or textured? This is mainly for my own personal research.

As I've mentioned on this board before, I don't use booties on my dog, and I trained her partially on baldy. She's summited 5 times now, including the two gnarly trails. But anyways... some dogs have paws that are better suited than others, for sure.

When you say you mountain bike and hike multiple times a week with your dog, where? Is the terrain similar to what you find on Baldy?
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Re: Recommendation for dog booties

Postby overheadx2 » Mon Apr 14, 2014 5:34 pm

My dogs paws are pretty smooth in texture but well worn. We hike most Fridays, but usually on a nice single track like Ice house or the trails up by Big Bear. She's pretty high strung, so she usually gets a good run a few times a week with the mountain bike in the horse hills of Huntington Beach or a fire road some where. I ordered the booties with the gaiters so I'll let you know.
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Re: Recommendation for dog booties

Postby overheadx2 » Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:24 pm

Received my dog gear booties last week and took her on an easy 4 mile hike in Hacienda Heights. Had a little trouble at first, but as they loosened up i just tightened them and they worked like a charm. By the way, the gaiter part worked great for keeping pebbles out. Thanks for the help
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