Footwear for Fido: Keep Those Precious Paws Safe With Winter Dog Boots

Ciera Velarde
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Just like humans, dogs should be careful when going outside for winter walks and playtime. The cold temperatures, snow, and ice can be uncomfortable for their sensitive paws, but salt used to de-ice sidewalks can actually be the most annoying winter obstacle for your dog. The salts can cause irritation and cracked paws, and if the salt crystals get stuck between their toes and foot pads, your dog could lick at their paws and cause further irritation. If you live in a place where salt or ice melt is routinely spread on the streets and sidewalks during the winter months, you might want to consider investing in a pair of dog boots for winter.

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There are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for dog boots. You’ll want to find some that have a good textured bottom for gripping onto slippery or wet surfaces, and waterproof material is a good idea if you live in a very snowy or rainy climate. Adjustable Velcro straps are key to securing the booties on your pup for his frolics outside, though you'll want to be sure to try them out on your dog before heading outdoors. Help him get used to wearing the boots while you’re still inside, so he can get a feel for them before braving the elements. Since puppy footwear will take a little getting used to, be prepared for some hilariously awkward walking from your dog at first. Don’t worry: They’ll get the hang of it with some practice—and some praise from you, of course!

We’ve selected eight of the best dog boots for winter in various styles, designs, and price points so you and your dog can enjoy the cold months worry-free.

QUMY Dog Boots

Easy to put on, durable on any terrain, and waterproof, these dog boots are the all-around best pick. The non-slip bottoms prevent slipping and sliding in even the most icy of conditions, and the reflective strips will keep your dog safe during nighttime walks. My family’s goldendoodle actually wears these year-round (his paws get roughed up when he runs on the hot Texas pavement), and we absolutely love how well they hold up and protect his paws.

Shop Now: QUMY Dog Boots, $29;