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My dog hates booties and will bite them off! Try Musher’s Secret! It is a waxy balm you rub on their paws that helps protect them from the elements! This is the one thing my dog lets me put on his paws and he lasts longer outside with it in the snow than without anything
If you have a motivated dog it’s great fun! I have a skijor friend who’s dog just kind of trots next to him.
My border collie tears it up though. I put the pull harness on him and he’s ready! Before we started skijoring though we had problems with his pads cracking during the summer, did some research and paw wax was most recommended. I’ve had the same 200g jar for 4 years it’s still 3/4 full.
Here’s the amazon link Musher's Secret Pet Paw Protection Wax, 200-Gram [link]
Hi! Ours absolutely freaks out if we try to put anything around his paws. Musher’s Secret Salve was recommended highly: Amazon link
There’s other kinds too but this was recommended to us by other owners!
We live in Minnesota and we use this on your dogs paws [link] it works great! we dont use boots. She does have several thick coats for outdoor and some t-shirts for indoors. She loves her quilts and blankets to burrow into when she gets cold.
Depending on size and breed, your dogs may just be fine. I have two German Shepherd mixes and they would rather be outside than in the house even during the winter. The only time I've ever seen them get too cold was during the Polar Vortex.
If you have to walk them around on the sidewalk, I highly recommend Musher's Secret or booties to protect their paw pads from the salt that we put on sidewalks to melt ice. It is actually very painful for them.
If you have short hair dogs, a doggie sweater is definitely worthwhile.
Edit: As for your own protection, get a good winter jacket, gloves, hats, boots, and some long underwear. The key is layers, especially for your upper body. Also, good wool socks make a huge difference!
If this is EVER a Problem for you and your dog you should look into Mushers Secret
I don't know where you're located or how cold it gets, but when I lived north I would regularly jog my dog down to 15F without any booties. I have booties now that I bought once when my pup had a paw injury and I generally only use them for sharp/rocky terrain. In general, booties are a pain in the ass. Pups don't usually like them, they don't stay on super well, and it's incredibly easy to lose one while out jogging. When I would do winter running with her the main problem she had was with salt--and I'd guess that's the issue you're having too. I strongly recommend musher's secret for that: [link] Just a light rub of this on her paws kept her going all winter long without cracking or anything. The booties we have are outward hound, they're fine.
Corgis have coats that are made for relatively cold temperatures, so as long as they're not outside for a super long time or in extreme wind, I would think you'd be fine. However, their paws aren't meant to handle snow, so I'd definitely recommend getting some Musher's Secret for him.
I had a border/aussie with a worse version of your problems. She was a rescue who had been purchased at a pet shop from a puppy mill. One vet surmised her mom might not have had proper nutrition while pregnant or nursing perhaps. She also had soft teeth that wore off easily. Long story short, boots and [link] <= Protects paws and treats them if tender.
"raw" is the wrong word but its an indicator their pads need some TLC. Ours get the pink coloring every now and then. I've learned since applying mushers secret that it just means the pad is dry or worn down. I recommend ordering some mushers and applying daily for a week or so.
I have a ridgie in Minnesota. Musher's Secret and a good coat made this winter a lot easier. To be fair, we also had a warmer winter than usual this year so I'm sure that played a part. I don't take her out if it's in the negatives.
Ech I've tried putting her in little cotton socks for fun and she hates them! Rolls onto her back and tries to bite them all off!
Thanks for the reply though. I read somewhere here ( /dogtraining?) about [link] I might try it out!
My dog and I romp around the Rockies nearly every day! His limit is about 10 miles with a few short breaks here and there; anything beyond that and he just looks beaten. He's a 7 year old yellowdog in amazing shape, about 55 lbs, so your results may vary. A few things I always keep in mind:
Get booties for those tender paws. For urban hiking on sidewalks and streets booties aren't a necessity, but do look at Musher's Secret. I swear by this stuff.
Don't take him along if it's below freezing or above about 85 degrees F.
Always remember to pack enough water for yourself and your dog.
Be prepared to carry him if you have to. If he gets injured or exhausted to the point that he can't continue (but you won't let this happen I'm sure), you'll need to either build a litter to drag him on or depending on the terrain you might need to carry him.
Backpacks: I can go either way with this one. My dog has a pack that I load up with poo bags and, subsequently, poo. I keep it light; a few jerky sticks for snacktime and maybe an 8 oz bottle of water. Make sure to distribute the weight evenly and fill up the empty space with plastic bags or something so that the items don't move around and mess up his balance or back.
AND HAVE FUN! Taking your dog on a trip is a blast!
sometimes, but i think it's more likely something in that paw thats bothering them. So maybe some snow got stuck in there or perhaps hurt it on some ice chunk.
You could try putting some Musher's secret on their paws and in between the toes. Supposed to help snow/ice from balling up in there and bothering them.
Sorry... not sure if super helpful because it's outside of the realm of real boots, but, Musher's Secret is totally great for my little dude. Doesn't help a ton if there's a lot of salty sidewalk walking- but if it's mostly snow with the occasional steps through salt, it works very well. [link]
I run with my dog ~15miles/week. I started using Musher's Secret to protect his paws when I noticed they were getting dry/cracked, and it's worked for us. We've had the bottle for maybe 9 months now, and its less than half gone.
I don't see a problem with 15/30 minutes of exercise, depending on breed. Some breeds will want to be outside all day long, while others will probably need a sweater.
If your breed has long hair, you'll want to keep watch for balls of snow and ice that accumulate on them. I grew up with a Springer Spaniel that would come inside with a chest full of ice, and we'd have to use the hairdryer on him.
If you're concerned about their pads, there is a really awesome product called Musher's Secret that protects paw pads from scratches and low/hi temperatures.
You can also try musher's secret. It's a kind of wax so it prevents salt buns but doesn't do much against snow buildup in paws. I just stick my dog's foot in the container and rub it in a bit.
Midwest Husky owner here! We always fill our bath with a few inches of really cold water after walks - dogs cools themselves by panting and through their paw pads, and our dog LOVES cooling off in that cold water. Also, we always use Mushers Secret Paw Wax - it protects their paws from hot pavement and has a cooling effect. While you are at it, might as well suggest bringing your own dog water bottles on walks! There are really cool water bottles for dogs on Amazon.
mushers secret works amazingly. Also watch how much your dog walks on rough surfaces.
get him some musher's wax. He won't have to deal with the weird bootie feeling, and he won't get frostbitten on the sidewalks.
Their feet are pretty tough but we do use booties on them depending on the conditions. We also love this paw wax and use it on them every run.
Here's some on amazon. And if you think this is something you'll be doing a lot of in the future I really recommend the harness. I know it's a bit much but as far as I can tell they seem comfortable and after almost two years of use mine show no signs of wear anywhere so I really do think they'll last forever.
Edit: I think this has been recommended to us the most.
Try a balm like Musher's Secret Paw Wax!
I could give so many tips (I worked in high end pet retail for years)
I could go on forever lol. Feel free to reach out with any dog questions you have!!
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You can get some dog friendly paw wax to put on his pads that will prevent him from slipping.
Mushers Secret Pet Paw Protection Wax, 200-Gram [link]
Here you go: [link]
Have you tried paw wax?
This stuff might help your pup, its worked well for us.
this will help you can also make your own with beeswax, avacado oil, and some other stuff I can't remember off the top of my head.
Seconding musher's secret. We use it on our greys during winter when they have to walk around on snow/ice/salt.
In the winter, we used a wax based cream for her paws when it was around zero or a bit under. It protected her feet from the salt and ice. When it got very cold, she wore her boots and jacket. She's a husky mix and has a pretty thick undercoat, but nothing comparable to an actual husky so the coat seemed to be necessary.
To keep myself warm, I just layer. I used thinner pieces of clothing that are specifically made to hold in the heat. On days that it is just absolutely too cold to walk I try to teach her new tricks and brush up on old ones. If we can't physically exercise, we will mentally exercise!
To help with that, get some of this stuff and put it on her feet before a run.
Musher's Secret [link]
Until they toughen up exercise her in grassy areas or areas with only dirt- no gravel, pavement, rocks, or pebbles.
I use Musher's Secret to protect my dog's paws and keep them soft at the same time. We don't go as far as you on a single session but over the course of the week, we run 9-12 miles. She also has a pair of Ruff Wear Bark'n Boots but she hates wearing those.
I also use a Walky Dog when I bike with my dog. We use a harness along with the Walky Dog to avoid any potential neck/esophagus injuries with a standard collar and leash.