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Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care

Dog Boots Can Be A Real Life Saver For Active Dogs

By Anton Hout, author of The Guide to Aussie Training & Care

Dog boots may seem, at first glance, to be nothing more than a cute fashion statement but these handy items can actually be a real life saver for active dogs, aging dogs, and dogs with paw issues. Even dogs that live in areas that regularly experience weather extremes can benefit from the extra protection that boots provide. So it's much more than just looking cute—it's about keeping your dog safe and secure in the great outdoors.

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There are many different brands of boots available on the market today, ranging in price from $16 to $60, or more, for a set of four. They can be found at major retailers online and offline, including on Amazon here. The boots are made to be rugged so they provide protection from all sorts of irritants and all kinds of weather and come in a range of attractive colors and styles.

While the various brands can differ slightly in materials and design, the basic concept is the same. Most dog boots are made of durable nylon with rubber, non-skid soles for extra traction and maximum protection and reflective strips for night safety. They are sized to fit all breeds and fit snugly with Velcro straps that allow you to adjust them for comfort. Most fabrics are also designed to be breathable.

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Boots can help protect your dog's paws from hot pavement, snow and ice, and who knows what on public streets.

The idea behind these boots is really simple. Dogs love to run and play but unfortunately, that means that their paws are regularly exposed to the elements and to harsh surfaces that can damage their delicate pads. This can be a particular issue for Australian Shepherds, as these energetic dogs tend to spend a lot of time outdoors both playing and working and this can result in a lot of wear and tear on their paws.

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Extreme heat can be particularly difficult on dogs. On the hottest days of summer, the asphalt can reach dangerous temperatures, making it particularly uncomfortable for dogs. The same is true of winter cold, when ice and snow can make traction difficult and the salt that we spread to melt ice can cause damage to a dog's paws. Fitting your dog with a set of boots can be the perfect solution for dealing with hot and cold weather issues.

Protect Your Older Dog With Dog Boots

Unfortunately, as our dogs age they often begin to suffer from illnesses like arthritis that may affect their mobility. When this happens they may begin to drag their paws, causing them to be scraped and bruised. Again, a set of protective dog boots can help by providing a barrier between your aging or ill dog's sensitive paws and harsh surfaces, making it easier for him to get around.

You protect the delicate skin on your own feet so why wouldn't you do the same for your dog? Whether you've got a pup who loves to go for long walks or just need to take your older dog out to do his business, protecting his paws from the weather and rough surfaces is easier than ever with a set of all-weather dog boots. Check out the options that are available and you'll be sure to find one that works for you and your four-legged friend—and he'll thank you for saving his paws!

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