Trail Tested: Why Your Dog Needs Shoes

Trail Tested: Why Your Dog Needs Shoes

Posted by Brooke Spater on 12th Feb 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.

Photo credits:@lifeofmaizey

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 her human 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 months too.
  • 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.