How to Measure & Put On Dog Boots

How do I measure my dog's paws and pick the right size dog boot?

how to measure for dog boots

If you want to find out the size of your furry friend's paws for boots, there is a simple step-by-step process you can follow.

Have your dog stand on a blank piece of paper and mark the front & back of the paw (include toenail) for length measurement. Measure the distance between the lines. Do the same on the left and right sides of the paw for width measurement. Do not trace around the paw.

1. Start by getting a piece of paper and placing it on a flat surface, such as the ground or a table. Make sure the paper is large enough to accommodate your dog's entire paw.

2. Once you have the paper ready, gently press your dog's paw onto the paper. Make sure that your dog's toes are spread out naturally, as this will give you an accurate measurement. You can use treats or toys to keep your dog distracted and cooperative during this process.

3. After you have pressed your dog's paw onto the paper, take a pen or pencil and mark the widest part of the paw. This will typically be the area where the paw is widest from left to right. Make sure to mark it clearly so that you can easily measure it later.

4. Now it's time to measure the width of your dog's paw. Take a ruler or a tape measure and measure the distance between the two outermost points of the marking you made on the paper. This measurement will give you the width of your dog's paw, which is an important factor in choosing the right size of boots.

5. To find the length of your dog's paw, measure from the back of the paw pad to the tip of the longest toe nail. This will give you an idea of how long the boots should be to provide a comfortable fit for your pup.

By following these simple steps and taking accurate measurements, you will be able to choose the perfect boots for your furry friend. It's important to ensure a comfortable and secure fit to keep your dog's paws protected and comfortable during walks or outdoor activities.

Each dog shoe on our website has its own unique size chart, tailored specifically to that product. Additionally, most product pages feature a chart for your dog to stand on, aiding you in selecting the correct size. To ensure accurate printing, please set your printer to the "ACTUAL SIZE" or 100% setting. The dimensions for the paw prints can be found on the accompanying images, and it is important to measure the printed paper to ensure accuracy. If your dog's shoe size falls between two sizes, we recommend choosing the larger size to avoid any discomfort or tightness in the boots.

And if measuring seems like an impossible task - contact us. We are happy to help you!

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How do I put dog shoes on my dog?

It is important to put them on while the dog is standing to ensure that the shoes are securely fastened on the dog's paws. Begin by fully opening the shoe and gently placing the dog's paw into it, taking care to include the dewclaws if they are present to avoid any discomfort for the dog.

Using your finger as a shoe horn at the back of the shoe can help the paw slide smoothly to the front of the shoe. Run your index finger through the shoe to confirm that the paw is fully inserted and properly positioned at the front, ensuring a comfortable fit for the dog.

With the dog standing and bearing full weight on its paws, lightly squeeze the front of the shoe and feel for the toes to make sure the paw is correctly placed at the front, similar to how you would check the fit of your own shoes. Lifting the opposite leg of the shoe you just put on can help the dog put full weight into the shoe before setting the leg down and closing the shoe securely with straps, zippers, or ties. Be sure to tuck in all fur to prevent any discomfort and ensure a snug fit.

Helpful Tip: For dogs weighing less than 15 pounds you may want to consider elevating the dog on a counter or table top before putting shoes on. Many smaller breed dogs may get confused and think it is playtime otherwise.
How to Put Boots on a Dog

How do you get a dog used to new dog booties?

Many dogs are unfamiliar with the concept of wearing dog footwear, so the first time you put dog booties on your furry friend, it can be quite amusing. Your dog may react by doing a little dance, lifting its feet, and prancing around like a high-stepping pony, as it tries to adjust to the new sensation under its paws. If you have a video camera handy, capturing this moment can make for a fun and memorable photo or video opportunity.

Once you have successfully secured the dog booties on your dog's paws, it is important to distract your pet by engaging in its favorite activities immediately. This will help shift your dog's focus away from the shoes and onto something enjoyable. Whether it's playing fetch, catching a flying disk, or simply running around, keeping your dog active will help it get used to the new footwear. After about 10 to 15 minutes, check the closures to ensure the boots are still securely in place on your dog's paws.

During the initial "break-in" period, the upper part of the dog booties will soften and mold to your dog's paws. It is essential to use common sense and allow your dog some time to adjust to wearing the booties during daily walks. Just like you wouldn't embark on a long hike with brand-new hiking boots, start with short and easy walks to help your dog get accustomed to its new footwear before venturing on longer adventures.

It’s important not to leave your dog unattended while wearing boots or shoes. Please note that dogs sweat through their paws. To prevent irritation or overheating you should never allow your dogs to wear shoes for extended periods of time.

Helpful Tip: If it is your dog’s first time trying on his new shoes, it may be helpful to put the shoes only on the two front paws first. Let your dog get acclimated to two shoes before putting all four shoes on.

For more detailed training information and tips please view our article here:
How To Train Your Dog To Wear Boots