How to Train Your Dog to Wear Boots

Dog boots are a practical wardrobe staple for your pup. They offer many benefits, including protecting your dog’s paws from rough terrain. Summer dog boots protect against hot surfaces, while winter dog boots keep  them warm during cold weather, and offer  additional traction in slippery conditions.

Plus, boots will keep your dog’s paws clean and dry, meaning no wet, muddy footprints on your furniture after a walk – they’re a win for everyone!

Read on to learn how to choose the right size for your dog boots so they stay on, tips for helping your pup get used to wearing boots, and our recommended styles for each season!

Find the right fit

Choosing an appropriately sized boot is essential for both comfort and function, and is the first step in successfully training your dog to wear boots.

To determine which size of boot will fit your dog best, you’ll need to measure your pup’s paws. Grab a soft measuring tape and follow these steps:

  1. Have your dog stand with all four paws flat on the floor
  2. Measure the distance from the front of your dog’s toes to the back of their paw where it no longer touches the ground
  3. Measure the width of your dog’s paw across the widest part from edge to edge
  4. Review the relevant sizing chart for your desired pair of boots to see what will fit your pup best

Dog boots should fit snugly on your dog’s paws so they stay on and your pup can walk naturally without them shifting position.

Let your dog investigate the boots

An essential part of training your dog to wear boots is to  give your dog a chance to inspect them for a few moments before trying to put them on. Once they’ve had an opportunity to satisfy their natural curiosity by sniffing the boots, go ahead and put them on.



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