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- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These are tough boots, with killer vibram soles and durable material. My dog got used to them very quick and they don't bug him when running/playing. Here is my only complaint, but it really has nothing to do with the boots. We first got them for a 89 mile backpacking trip that we planning on doing during the week. My dog had worn these a lot before the trip to get used to them. Lesson learned day 3. These will rub very bad when putting in long days. The day we did 20 miles wore his hair down to the point where it looked REALLY raw. We still had several days left so we ended up using our extra socks to line the boots. Long story short, if you're planning on doing long trips, and want these so your dog doesn't kill his pads, make sure to buy liners or bring socks. We ended up doing day on with them (and socks), then day with them off. Great boots though!!!
Water testing, check
I am pretty convinced after observation of the booties after they were first put on and after they got completely wet on Roxy's paws. That they were more secure on her paws after they got wet. Which was not my hypothesis at all.
Strap em' tight and keep an eye on them
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
We got the XS size for Roxy the blue healer, very tiny paws. They fit, and are secure but only after the strap is completely tightened. Suggestion of medical tape around the velcro strap would probably help the loosening of the boot.
Roxy putting them to the test
We summited Neff Canyon today and Roxy the blue healer tested out her new booties !
Deso is 31 inches to the shoulders, 85lbs and his paws are roughly 2.5-3 inches wide and the Large booties fit him great.
These are great!
These are a must in ice, snow and shale. I've yet to see a dog not do the duck walk the first time they wear them but they stop and don't do it again. Deso doesn't mind them and gets excited when they come out of the closet. They haven't come off yet when on correctly but hiking up a steep snowy hill the back ones did flip upside down on Deso (he was jumping around and we've never had them do that since then). My parents dog will run and slide on gravel trails when wearing her boots. My parents tried the high top version and said these stay on much better.
The socks are a must with these if using them for a long trip to prevent hotspots on top of the dog's feet.
They work amazing in the summertime as well!
I would just like to point out that if your dog is in fact in possession of a 22.5 inch wide paw that the small will most likely not be one to fit.. Haha I believe it should be 2.5in but an extra 2 got tossed in before the decimal.
Anyway I look forward to being able to afford these for my 14mo Siberian husky she runs by my side while I ride trails on my bike I have noticed a bit of wear on her pads that has me concerned for her because of the fact that she LOVES to run and I don't want to have to keep her from doing so!
She seemed to love my new Merrrell trail gloves as much as I do!
Nerf dog in the Unita backcountry!
Work great in the snow!
Pretty Dang Cool
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
If I were a dog, I would be stoked on these! I picked up a pair for our 11mo old newf, and I'm positive that there is nothing else out there that would work any better.
I originally got these because our pup has these 'furry feathers' on the bottom of her paws, which means that she gets ice balls in her pads way too easily. With these booties, not only does she not build up the ice balls, but she also gets pretty good traction too! The only issue with them in the snow was when she was running at full speed, and they would either flip upside down or fly off. This could have also been due to the fact that she has gigantic paws and skinny ankles, so they were harder to crank down super tight...
The first time out on snow, they did work VERY well, and she didn't mind them at all. I'll definitely be using them more often out on hikes as well as around the house (as she has troubles getting up on slippery floors and the grip on these is perfect to help fix that).
When you first put them on, I recommend immediately distracting them- treats, toys, a walk- that way they'll associate the booties with good things. Also, measure your dogs paws exactly as Ruffwear instructs, or else you're going to end up with boots that don't fit correctly- and that is no fun.
Overall, these are a great purchase for anyone looking to help protect their pooches paws!
Great boots for my lab
I usually throw these on my dog when his pads start to get tender. He's always finding the water so his pads start to tear after a whole day in water and running the trails. I have not had a problem with the boots coming off and I have used them several times.
The soles worked great, but after one long hike to King Peak the top material wore out and got holes in it. They did save my dogs paws on the non-dog friendly hike. I had a hard time keeping them from rotating to the cloth side down. I would buy another pair one size smaller to see if they would rotate less though. On a less rugged hike they would have worked great.
Great shoes. Bought these for keeping cheet grass (spelling?) out of my dogs feet and they work great. Kira would prefer not to wear them but shrugs it off and carries on. I have noticed that After a couple hours out in the grass the seeds start to work their way through the mesh but since buying these I haven't had to dig a single seed out of her skin. Of course I'm still checking her upper legs and such after each adventure. They are secure. It's true that they will spin on her feet if I'm not paying attention to snugness and don't do a check about 15 minutes after we head out.
Any ideas on how to keep these on? Our...
Any ideas on how to keep these on? Our active dog's paws can't keep up with her so we bought these boots in hopes that it would protect her paw pads. However, we have tried everything and can not get them to stay on. We have trightened them, used the liners, wrapped them on. She is very fast and pushes off her feet quite forcefully. Any suggestions on how to keep these on or on a new kind to try?
You need a smaller size ):
they're made well but cause chaffing and measure correctly
They're made well but be sure to get the right size. I lost a couple because they were a bit too big. Also, be wary of chaffing on the cuff (below where you fasten the velcro. My German Shorthair had pretty back chaffing, and I think I'll try to put gauze underneath to minimize it. Used the booties on some tough quail hunting trips.
These are the 2012 Models...
These are the 2012 Models...
Chris, yeah you are right... these came out earlier this year (2011)... The others you questioned about are the older version (RUF0038) but only the black ones shown in the pic are the older version, the red ones are of the newer style...