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How to Measure Dog Paws for Boots: Expert Tips & Tricks

Ed Malaker

By Ed Malaker

grey border collie dog standing outdoors in blue boots

Dog boots are ideal for protecting our pet’s paws from harsh weather conditions, sharp objects, and hot pavement. However, choosing the right size can be a challenge. If you need dog boots for your canine, keep reading as we provide a simple guide to measuring their paws and explore expert tips and tricks that you can use for the best chance of success.

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Before measuring your dog’s paws, we recommend gathering all your tools. Fortunately, you’ll only need a sheet of paper, a pen, and a soft measuring tape. We also recommend having a few treats on hand to keep your dog happy and stress free during the measuring process.

Also, it’s important to remember that not all dogs need boots. Some dogs have naturally tough paws that can withstand cold weather and rough terrain. Dogs that might not need boots include Mastiffs, the Irish Wolfhound, and Siberian Husky. Additionally, some dogs might not like wearing them and struggle to walk in them, so it can be a good idea to start with an inexpensive pair of boots to see how your dog reacts before moving on to something more expensive.

Be sure to consider the type of boot that you want, as they come in many different styles for different purposes, like hiking or running.

1. Prepare Your Dog

Before you measure your dog’s paws, be sure that they are calm and comfortable, so you have easy access to their paws. Treats and petting usually work well.

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2. Measure the Length of Your Dog’s Paw

Place the soft measuring tape at the base of your dog’s paw, and extend it to the tip of their longest toe, keeping it flat and straight. Write down the measurement on the piece of paper.

3. Measure the Width of Your Dog’s Paw

To measure the width of your dog’s paw, stretch the tape across the widest part of their paw. Keep it flat, and write down the measurement.

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4. Measure the Circumference of Your Dog’s Paw

To measure the circumference of your dog’s paw, wrap the tape completely around their paw, at the widest part, ensuring that it isn’t too tight or too loose. Write down the measurement.

5. Choose the Right Size of Dog Boots

Once you measure your dog’s paws, it’s time to choose your dog boots. Most brands have a chart that helps you determine the right size, and it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. You’ll also need to consider the style of boots, as some could have a snug fit while others are more relaxed.

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6. Try On the Boots

Once you choose the right size and style of boots for your dog, it’s time to try them on to ensure that they fit comfortably and securely.

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Tips for Trying On the Boots

  • Start with one boot at a time to see if your dog is comfortable and secure in each one. The slow pace can also help your dog get used to the idea of wearing boots.
  • After fastening the boot, ensure that it fits correctly and is neither too tight nor loose.
  • Watch your dog for a few minutes after you put on each boot to ensure that they are comfortable and can walk without trouble. If your dog is struggling, you might need to adjust the fit or try a different brand.
  • Let your dog practice wearing the new boots a few times by having them walk around the house before you go out on a long adventure.
  • Use treats to encourage your dog to walk around in their new shoes.
  • Be patient, as getting your dog comfortable with wearing boots can take several tries. Becoming discouraged will only cause the dog to do the same, and they will be unlikely to want to try again.

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Measuring your dog’s paws can be difficult if they’re active, but once they settle down, you should be able to get the measurements, especially if you have treats to keep them busy. You’ll want to measure the paw’s length, width, and circumference to compare it with the manufacturer’s chart accompanying the boots that you wish to purchase. Once you get the boots, try them on one at a time to ensure that they fit correctly, and let your dog have time to walk around in them indoors before you go out for a longer walk. Finally, be patient, as it can take a while for the dog to get used to wearing boots. In some cases, you might need to try more than one pair.

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