Trail Tested: Why Your Dog Needs Shoes
Posted by Brooke Spater on 12th February 2019
Would you want to stand on a 95-degree sidewalk or walk
over frozen terrain in your bare feet? Probably not! Your dog doesn’t want to either, which
is why you may want to consider buying him a set of shoes. Dog shoes weren’t
created to be a fashion accessory. They were designed for active dogs and their
owners who want to safely and comfortably embrace their next adventure. Aside from extreme temperatures, there are
other reasons to seriously consider shoes for your dog. Dogs have soft and
sensitive pads on their feet, and they can become sore, cut, or painful when
doing things like running on a hard surface or walking near sharp objects such
as rocks or sticks. Older dogs are more prone to worn down pads or back and leg
troubles and can benefit from the extra cushioning and support shoes offer them.
Shoes won’t just benefit your dog, they’re a win-win for you as well. Your dog
doesn’t mean to track water and mud all over your house or scratch up your nice hardwood floors, but he inevitably does. Keeping an inside pair on
hand or removing his shoes once you come in the house will mean a cleaner home.
We recently trail tested our new Blaze shoes with help from our
ambassador Maizey of @lifewithmaizey. Maizey is a two year-old Australian
cattle dog and self-admitted squirrel watcher who was born on a cattle ranch
and loves to be active 24/7. Her favorite things to do are to play fetch with her mini discs
in the backyard, sprint down the back roads at her cabin in the summer time and
go hiking at our local nature center so we knew we’d get honest
feedback on how our shoes perform when put to the test.
Here’s what Maizey and
Kailyn liked about the Blaze shoes:
- They’re super easy to
adjust! They are easy to fasten and tighten quickly. They’re hassle-free!
- They help keep
Maizey's paws protected from sharp objects and help prevent frost bite in the
cold. They work well to keep her feet warm, even in negative degree weather. I
trust that she’s safe in them! I know she will benefit from them in the warmer
- They don’t fall off. This one is a big one,
because all boots we have tried prior to these have been kicked right off.
These stay on for the whole hike and I don’t have to work about losing them on
the trails or trying to find them in the snow.
Photo credits: @lifeofmaizey
Before buying shoes, it is very important to properly
measuring your dog’s feet. Our size chart provides instructions for how to correctly do
this. If you have additional questions, feel free to email us info@kurgo or give our
customer service team a call: (877) 847-3868
Brooke Spater oversees Social Media Marketing at Kurgo. Among other things, she manages the Kurgo blog and enjoys spending time with her husband, 3 kids, and their 90 lb. Goldendoodle named Baxter.
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