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Don't hit the trail without your four-legged friend and a set of Bark'n Boots Grip Trex boots.

The Ruffwear Bark'n Boots Grip Trex protect your pooch's paws with durable Vibram soles when the going gets rough. This set of four doggy boots offers breathable mesh uppers and grippy soles for stability and traction mile after mile. If Rex has a fondness for water, the Bark'n Boots drain well so he won't be slogging around in wet boots all day. These boots have expansion gussets, cinch-close straps, lash tabs, and grip cuffs that hug your pup's legs for comfort and a secure fit. Reflective hits increase Fido's visibility in low light situations.*Check Sizing Chart to find the right size boot for your pooch.

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3 5

Size down

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These boots are super durable! However, I would recommend sizing down especially if your dog is on the edge of 2 sizes. I originally bought the xs and I have to vet wrap them on to keep my dog from losing them. I'm going to try the xxs, which I think will work better.
My dog primarily uses them on long backcountry ski tours, so losing one on the trail is no fun!

How do I measure my dogs for the correct...

How do I measure my dogs for the correct size boot?

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Hi there Pam,
Here is the best way to measure:
Place your dog's front paw on a sheet of paper on a firm surface. Lift the opposite paw so that weight is placed firmly on the paw being measured. Mark both sides of the weighted paw at the widest point and measure that distance!

4 5

poodle paws!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Our female standard poodle is about 40 pounds and wears XXS. The male is about 60 pounds and wears Medium. I'm amazed but they seem to fit fine - I'm gonna say they run big cause its hard to believe such small sizes fit relatively good sized dogs. One thing though is to make sure the velcro is super tight - otherwise they throw off. Good thing they are red cause its easy to see them in the snow!

These are Texas dogs transplanted to Utah. It was quite funny to see them on the dogs' feet the first couple of times. Some real impromptu dancing going on. But once they got used to the idea, the function is great. On the streets when there's salt and snow we get no more "I am limping until you pick this stuff outta my foot!" And when snowshoeing or skiing, the doggie boots keep all snow out and off they go.

If you live in snow country and take your dogs out in the woods these are pretty awesome.

5 5

Too difficult to properly "size" online

The idea of boots for pups is a great one. I've had a dog tear his paw on a long trip, and it's not fun (for either of us). He was terribly uncomfortable. The only problem I see with ordering something like this online is that it's too difficult to size it properly. Perhaps, you'll be lucky and fit in the size you order. However, it's like buying a bra online. Some things are just better off tried on first. The product itself gets 5 stars, but the idea of purchasing online gets only 1.

3 5

Good boots... when they stay on.

The boots are really beefy, and seem super durable. They are easy to put on, however (and I'm very sure I got the right size, after measuring multiple times before ordering) these boots had trouble staying on. I've lost two in the first three months of use, so I'd say be careful when gauging the right size.

Good boots...  when they stay on.
4 5

difficult to keep on, but a good concept

I used these on my kelpie in Moab last spring. She was ok with them but they would flip off very easily. Not sure how you can secure these better? Maybe some vetwrap around the top would do the trick and keep out trail debris also.

Responded on

I think some Vetwrap is a great idea. I worked for a time at an animal hospital, and dogs tend to be very weird/resistant about wrappings/shoes that go too far up their foot, so I imagine that's why commercial dog shoes tend not to strap higher up along hocks and wrists (that, and the difficulty of widely varied hock and wrist shapes). Until the day comes when dogs get over that, I think Vetwrap around the top of the shoes is quite a clever solution.

4 5

No bloody paws.

It's a kick to see the dog run with out me pulling balls of snow out from between his paw's and not to see "Murphy" lick his wounds after a long training day.

4 5

Kinda stiff for smaller dogs, otherwise, they work great.

Couple of comments on dog booties in general to start. (we have 3 sets of different booties and have used them in all sorts of conditions).

First- You need to train your dog to use them *before* you need to use them. Duh. You can't just slap them on and head into the wilderness the first time. Put them on for a few test runs in advance. Most dogs hate them, so be patient, reward them, and use positive reinforcement. Duh. Try not to laugh at your dog when you first put them on. Remember positive reinforcement.

Second- Booties require a lot of adjustment and readjustment along the way. They move around and twist, and are totally unnatural for dogs. Check and readjust frequently with positive reinforcement and treats. Otherwise you'll lose them.

Third- if you are using booties because your dog slides on tile or hardwood floors, his/her nails probably need trimming. Less active dogs need constant toenail trimming, just like people. In nature, toenails are worn down by being outside constantly running running around. Suburban dogs have long toenails because they are sedentary like most of the population (sad but true). (We trail run 15-30+ miles a week with our dog. We also play tennis with her because tennis courts are great for naturally filing down dogs. We still need to trim Daisy's toenails occasionally).

Fourth- Dog's feet toughen up with use. If you have an urban dog that doesn't get much trail time, booties won't really help that much. We use booties only when we really need to- like when crossing miles of trail with granite, or sharp scree fields, or powdery snow that packs up in toes. For "normal" trail conditions or dense spring snow, Daisy is good for 15-20 miles without booties. I put them on only when necessary, and take them off when I don't.

The vibram grip trex booties are much better than the non grip trex, As I've mentioned, we have three different sets. The non grip trex slide around a bunch. For snow, we use the winter ones that are essentially a climbing skin on a dog booty. Much lighter and softer for snow.

Responded on

Excellent post! Very informative. The only thing I would add is a supplement to your paragraph about the use of booties for dogs who slide on hard floors; for those cases where it's not because of long toenails but because of neurologic issues (like those commonly seen in German Sheps and Greyhounds) booties can still be a helpful tool, *but* I would suggest for those dogs talking with a vet before trying footwear options ... there are any number of other reasons, but namely because toe-dragging that also commonly occurs may destroy nice booties, or because a different kind of orthotic support might be better warranted.

Do these boots really stay on the dogs...

Do these boots really stay on the dogs paws? My rotti has long toes and nails. I tried Ultrapaws rugged boot and whereas they didn't fall off, they did keep slipping down about an inch and would make him trip while walking.

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I also have a Rottie who is 4 months old. I just did a live chat with with a rep on this site, he was very helpful and helped me decide on a boot for the activities that we do with our dog, as well as the right size to go with. We do not go hiking with her as of yet, but we do play disc golf where there are tons of stickers and do a lot of swimming and camping at the Pecos River during the summer, where there are rocks and sand in and out of the river, as well as the occasional piece of glass. Give a rep a try and I bet he/she can help you.

I also have a Rottie who is 4 months old. I just did a live chat with with a rep on this site, he was very helpful and helped me decide on a boot for the activities that we do with our dog, as well as the right size to go with. We do not go hiking with her as of yet, but we do play disc golf where there are tons of stickers and do a lot of swimming and camping at the Pecos River during the summer, where there are rocks and sand in and out of the river, as well as the occasional piece of glass. Give a rep a try and I bet he/she can help you.
5 5

Happy after getting a bigger size!

I initially purchased a size Small for my dog (2.5" wide paw). They seemed ok for a couple of runs but then i noticed that they were rubbing. I called RuffWear and they recommended that I get a bigger size. After returning the Small (very easy to return btw) I bough the Mediums and have been thrilled. I have socks which keep her dew claws from rubbing against the boots. VERY HAPPY with the product!

5 5

Great for Hip Problems

Our older late Aussie, Destiny, was having problems slipping on our tile floors as her arthritis in her hips and spine got worse. We found Bark'n Boots and her life improved greatly. We bought baby socks and put her little socks and shoes on each morning before getting out of her bed. She loved them! No more slipping on the tile floors and landing on her belly. Her last years were spent with more mobility and less pain. Thank you Bark'n Boots!

4 5

Mud-lucks is what we call 'em

Heavily made, easy to fit, and apparently comfortable once she got used to having shoes on.

Our mastiff was getting cracks in her pads, but these boots protected her feet so well, they disappeared. They fit and stay on quite well.

As to wear and durability, we'll just have to wait and see.

5 5

Great Deal

I had a hard time coming to grips, no pun intended, that my 70-pound Weimaraner was a size medium, but if you follow the instructions to measure your pooches paws it's spot on. Anyway, I think my dog is gay (not that there's anything wrong with that) but he loves prancing around in his new red boots. I'd recommend the red because they're easier to find. Our first two mountain bike adventures we went on were without liners and he paid the price on one of his front dew paws. Unfortunately BC didn't have the liners in stock, so I picked up a pair at REI, which resolved the problem. By the way REI wants sixty bucks for a set and I scored these for thirty-one and some change with shipping! Great product. Great price. Great service. And, no I don't work for these guys.

5 5

Ruffwear Bark'n Boots Grip Trex

We have tried many type of boots for our Golden Retriever and they either didn't hold up or came off constantly or both. BUT, not Ruffwear Bark'n Boots - they are terrific. They certainly live up to their name. Our Golden has a paw issue and has to wear boots during our daily runs and when we go hiking. These boot are GREAT!!

4 5

Used for running

I have two Great Danes. One seems to be... sorry to say... not as fit as the other one, and she can last longer now that she wears her boots. The only problem I've had with the boots on the chubby one is that the posterior boots turn around to the underlying part of the boot and she ends up running on the fabric. Also the other day, perhaps because we ran too long, the other dog developed a blister where the shoe ties to where her dew claw would be(she did have her claws removed and has some scar tissue, that might be the reason).

Responded on

My Pit Bull/American Bulldog mix also got a large blister on both of his front dew claws (his are still attached) because the boots velcro just above his dew claws. The blisters became infected and he was in horrible pain from it. I have actually contacted Ruffwear about this problem and now will be getting my dog the current style of Bark 'n Boots Grip Trex so I don't have to worry about his dew claws getting blisters and becoming infected again.

I'm looking for a boot that can withstand...

I'm looking for a boot that can withstand spurs and prickly things on the ground. Are these boots good for that?

Responded on

Hi Cyndi, Yeah for sure! they use a Vibram sole so you would have to jump on a nail in order for it to poke through!

I recently bought these for my chessie who...

I recently bought these for my chessie who used to get his paws beat up by the pavement during runs. I bought the Med. before measuring his feet and they fit fine, snug but never come off, but after measuring he should have gotten Large. Now his feet don't bleed anymore on the bottom but he is getting a raw spot on the top of one of his feet and another spot above where the boots sit which I'm assuming is from the velcro rubbing when his legs move together. Would a bigger size reduce the amount of rubbing on his upper paws?

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The large size would probably help your problem. Hopefully it works out for your best friend and his paws.