We are deep into winter (at least here in the United States) and us folks up here in the Midwest are cold! We had a strange winter this year. Not a lot of snow like usual but actually rain and freezing temperatures.
Strange weather like this can make for some treacherous walking conditions not only for us humans but for our dogs as well!
Our pup's pads are right on that cold snow and ice. Walking on this can make your dog's feet dangerously cold. Not only that, the ice can be sharp causing cuts and abrasions. Keeping your dog's paws protected in weather like this is really important so Maui, Emma, and I have put together a list of some great dog winter boots and booties to get you through this cold season.
You can even use them when you're out hiking or on walks in warmer weather to protect your dog's paws from rough terrain, sticks, thorns, hot pavement, etc.
Some boots are designed to give minimal protection to your dog's paws while others are designed to keep your dog's paws dry and more protected from whatever they may step on (kind of like a slipper versus a hiking boot).
Many will be waterproof which means when you get home from that muddy or wet walk your dog's paws are still clean; you just take the boots off and your house stays clean, too!
Maui and it up with some broken toes a few years back and that paws is especially sensitive to the cold. That paw always needs a boot!
Depending on where you live your winters may be harsher or pretty mild so
here are a variety of dog boots and booties to help keep your dog's paws protected and dry.
My Busy Dog brand dog boots are a favorite on Amazon with nearing 2000 reviews. They are also incredibly loved on the My Busy Dog website with 27 reviewers giving these boots 5-star ratings!
They are available in eight different sizes and four different colors (red, orange, black, and green).
What I like about these boots:
What I like about the company - if you purchase the boots directly from My Busy Dog (a small U.S. family business) every purchase made on their website helps feed dogs in need.
You can also purchase them on Amazon. Right now the prices the same on Amazon vs. My Busy Dog. but Amazon has a 5 dollar coupon at the moment.
Both websites have easy to understand size charts and directions of how to measure your dog's paw so you purchase the right fit.
The listing does not indicate but reviewers state that the listing is for 4 boots.
These QUMY dog boots are a bestseller on Amazon so definitely worth a mention.
They come in 4 sizes and two colors (red and black).
The sizing chart on the Amazon listing makes it seem as though there are 5 sizes but Amazon only lists the four and the QUMY website also only lists four sizes. Guessing they must have discontinued the smallest size.
These boots are:
The link below brings you to a listing that is for a set of 4 boots.
These boots are available only in black and are available in 3 sizes.
These look pretty similar to the first two options. They are rated well on Amazon but have fewer reviews.
The listing has easy to understand instructions how to measure your dog's paw as well as sizing information.
These boots come in a set of four and are just a tad bit less expensive than the first two options.
Price: $23.39 and up (depending on size)
Neo-Paws has a few different kinds of boots but I want to highlight two of their winter boot products - the Neoprene Regular Performance Shoe/Boot and the Neoprene Orthopedic High-Performance Outdoor Shoe/Boot.
Neo-Paws is a small Canadian based privately owned business. It specializes in providing high-quality, innovative products for your dog that will keep them safe and comfortable.
Their line of products includes dog life and safety jackets/vests, rain bodysuits, dog seatbelts, performance and orthopedic dog boots/shoes, and a few other items as well.
The Neo-Paws website has great instructions on how to size your dog's feet as well as which size is appropriate.
These boots are available in black and sizes XS to XXL!
These boots are intended for snow, rain, water sports, and protecting wounds caused by dragging paws.
These boots are not intended for extended indoor use or use in the heat!
I love these boots because:
The website indicates these boots are recommended by veterinarians worldwide for dogs with paw injuries, to comfort hip dysplasia, arthritis, and dragging paws (the rubber toe cap and reinforced heel come into play here!)
The website also notes that these particular boots are not recommended for dogs under 15 pounds as the boots will not stay on properly and will likely be too bulky.
These boots come in pairs (so sets of two). They do this since back paws are sometimes smaller than the front, this allows you to purchase two different sizes if needed.
Price: $28.00 - $40.00 per pair (depending on size)
This boot also comes in sizes of XS to XXL and is available in black, pink, blue, red, and green!
The Regular Performance Boot is similar to the Orthopedic Boot but a bit less expensive alternative.
The Regular Performance Boot Differs from the High Performance Boot in that the sole is a bit different and does not provide as much rubber up over and above the seams.
The Regular Performance boot also has:
These boots are also great for swimming (and protecting your pool liner), running, walking, and for dogs that have dragging paws or hip dysplasia.
These boots are great for rain and snow!
These boots are not intended for indoor use or in the heat.
Price: $25.00 - $34.00 for a pair of 2 (price dependent on size)
These dog booties come in black or red and 6 different sizes. They come in a set of 4 booties.
These boots are a bit more flexible than others I mentioned. More of a bootie style rather than having a rubber sole like a shoe or boot.
They are made with water-resistant nylon designed to keep your dog's feet protected in wet, dry, hot, and cold environments.
The toe and sole are coated in what they call 'ToughTek' which is a flexible, grippy, skid resistant, durable thermoplastic.
The lowest price I could find on these were at Chewy.com where they are currently having a sale on winter items!
Price: $22.36 to $25.49 four sets of four (price dependent on size).
Maui, Emma, and I selected some great options for you to consider when getting ready to make that purchase.
No matter if you give one of our suggested dog boots/booty options a try or some other brand, it's important to keep your dog's paws protected and safe when they are out in the cold or on terrain that could potentially damage their paws.
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Enjoy the snow!
Do you have any dog boots or booties that you just love?
Have you tried any of these?
Please share your experiences with us so we can learn from each other!
We are deep into winter and the temperatures are chilly to downright frigid!
Some dogs don’t mind the cold; as a matter of fact, some love it! Maui certainly is not an outdoor working type of dog but she loves the cold weather! She will lay outside in the snow any day, no matter what temperature it is out there!
Emma, on the other hand, is just the opposite! She is a 20 pound Rat terrier that does not tolerate the cold well at all. When it gets below 40° outside she's only out there only a minute or two - just long enough to get her business done and she's back at the door wanting to come in.
I certainly can feel her pain; I knew she didn't like the cold but I was really surprised by how severely affected she is by the cold weather.
After an episode about a week ago I wanted Emma to be as warm as possible when she goes outside.
Read on to learn about Emma's episode and some of the most popular and best rated dog coats and sweaters available at reasonable prices!
You might think dogs don't actually get cold because they have that nice fur coat.
Actually, dogs really do get cold! Dogs are mammals just like we are and we both depend on the environment to help us be warm or cool. Just like humans, some dogs are affected by cold more than others.
Some dogs naturally stay warmer because they have a thick undercoat and/or more fur that helps keep them toasty warm. Maui is a Golden retriever with a very thick undercoat and fur. She goes outside when it's 10° and puts her nose up in the air like it's the best thing ever. She's also a big dog and that helps keep her warmer as well.
Other dogs don't have the undercoat, the amount of fur, and/or the size to keep them warm. They can get dangerously cold outside and believe it or not can even get chilled when they are inside (just like us).
There are a few factors that influence how comfortable or uncomfortable a dog is when it's cold.
In general, smaller dogs will get cold much faster than larger dogs.
The smaller the breed the less body mass they have to help keep them warm.
The smaller breeds and short-legged breeds also have to deal with figuring out how to get through the snow! Having to plow their way through the snow, putting them chest deep (or higher) in snow will cause them to get colder more quickly as well.
Emma is a very lean 20-pound dog. Her legs are long so they keep her up out of the snow a bit but she has no fat on that little body. Definitely not equipped to stay warm in cold weather.
This one is a little bit of a no-brainer, but dogs with more fur will stay warmer than dogs with less.
Dogs with an undercoat also stay warmer than dogs without; the undercoat acts as an insulator kind of like the inner layer of our jacket.
As I mentioned, Maui is a Golden retriever and she has a very thick undercoat and just thick fur in general. Cold weather doesn't scare her a bit!
Dogs like Rat Terriers that only have a single layer of thin fur with no undercoat will get cold much more quickly!
No matter what size your dog is if they are not accustomed to severely cold weather (or even moderately chilly) they will get cold when they are out there!
If a Siberian Husky has grown up and lived in Florida and then moves to Minnesota in the winter, it will not be used to the cold weather and will most likely get cold quicker than you would expect.
Puppies and senior dogs will have a tendency to get colder more quickly.
Dogs with medical conditions or if they're not feeling well will also not be able to tolerate the cold as well.
We had some especially frigid weather not too long ago. Of course we have to let our dogs out to go potty and I think Emma waited as long as she could, but finally had to go.
She always does her "quick business" in the closest grass (covered by snow) that she can reach. This time she must have had to do her "other" business because she went trotting around the side of the house.
She was gone for about two minutes (I always wait for her inside the door). She got to the sidewalk about 3 feet from the front door and stopped. She was so cold her legs were shaking as you see in the cartoons. She was shivering so hard and was so cold she couldn't move.
I'm in a wheelchair so I could not go out to get her so I had to try and make her as excited as I could to get her to come into the house. I used my "let's have fun and it's so exciting" voice and tempted her with treats and she finally hobbled and hopped inside the house.
Scared of begeebers out of me! That's when I decided 100% she needed a coat!
Giving your dog a little extra warmth when they are outside can make that potty run just a little less frigid for them.
I recently spent quite a bit of time shopping around for that coat for Emma and want to share with you some of the most popular; highly rated, and my favorite coats and jackets for dogs so you can help your dog stay warm and cozy well!
Prices of the coats and sweaters vary by size, with the smaller sizes usually costing less than the larger sizes.
Prices will also vary daily so what I have listed here might not be exactly the same as what you see.
I'm sharing this one with you first because it was my final choice for Emma, is really inexpensive, and fits her perfectly!
This coat comes in sizes ranging from XS to XL. I could swear there was a sizing chart when I purchased Emma's but I can't find it any longer. The Amazon listing indicates a medium measures: length 16”, neck girth 14-16”, chest girth 20-24”.
There are three color variations:
The plaid side has a cute pocket where you can put your keys or drivers license for safekeeping if your dog is wearing this when you're out on a walk (Maui says it would be a great place for a snack, too).
This coat is made with polyester fiber filling and has two padded straps with Velcro to fit around your dog - one around the neck and one around the chest.
$9.99 and up (There is a 15% off coupon right now!)
This jacket comes in sizes ranging from S to XXXL! When you go to the Amazon listing there is a sizing chart to help you the right size for your dog.
Reviewers on Amazon indicate that they love the jacket but it does tend to run a little small so if you are questioning ordering between two sizes I might opt for the bigger size.
The jacket comes in three colors:
Each has a reflective strip that goes from hip to hip around the back end.
Warm, water resistant, windproof, breathable, reflective, and machine washable!
Note: the listing indicates the jacket is reversible but after examining several photos it does not look to be.
Price: $20.49 and up (there is a 6% off coupon right now!)
This one comes in sizes ranging from XS to 6X and 15 different colors!
This one is made of fleece and is a pullover style. I initially thought a pullover style would be difficult to get on and off but many reviewers on Amazon indicated it was really easy to get on and off their dog.
The fleece has some stretch so it makes for a comfortable fit and a little leeway if you're not sure which size to get.
The Amazon listing does have a size chart so be sure and check that before you order.
Some folks indicated having a little size trouble because their dog has a big barrel chest. You might want to read through some of the reviews and see what they have to say if your dog has a wide chest.
This cute little jacket is machine washable. Many reviewers indicate they wash it with no troubles (shrinking or pilling).
Price: $12.75 and up
Comes in sizes XS to XL and 9 solid colors and 5 plaid colors.
This coat looks super easy to get on and off!
It has a zipper down the back so you just unzip the back; let your dog step into the two leg holes, then zip the zipper back up!
The zipper has a guard to protect against catching your dog's fur in the zipper.
Around the legs and across the bottom underneath the chest is a strategy knit. This gives a little leeway for sizing and makes for a more comfortable fit around the chest.
There is a sizing chart in the Amazon listing so definitely be sure and check that out.
Water resistant, super easy on and off, special leash attachment, warm, and machine washable!
Price: $25.99 and up
If your dog is more of a sweater type, this one might be for him!
This sweater comes in multiple sizes. They don't give a letter size but the sizing starts from a back length of 8 inches for the smallest size and a back length of 20 inches for the largest size.
This one also has a sizing chart on the Amazon listing so be sure to reference it before ordering.
The sweater comes in 20 different colors!
The yarn used to make the sweaters is an acrylic/wool blend consisting of 90% acrylic and 10% wool.
It has a cute little turtleneck and is a pullover style sweater.
This sweater is a bit lighter weight so it is not intended for super cold weather.
Machine washable in cold water and dry flat.
Price: $9.99 and up
If you live somewhere that experiences extremely cold weather; do outdoor sports with your dog, or spend a lot of time outside in the winter with your dog this might be the jacket your dog needs!
This one is designed to be extremely warm!
This jacket comes in back lengths ranging from 10 inches to 26 inches and comes in 5 different colors.
This one has some amazing design features to keep your dog warm that other coats and jackets don't have:
These features and superior warmth bring a heftier price tag but if you read reviews on Amazon people really love this cold weather dog jacket!
Price: $88.00 and up
Except for the coat that I purchased for Emma, at the time I am writing this blog all of the others have a sizing chart in the listing. Be sure to check it out because in my shopping I learned that all don't run the same.
You might need a medium in one style and brand but a small in another - kind of like our human jeans (one brand never seems to run the same as another).
I hope Maui, Emma, and I were able to show you some great cold weather wear that you and your dog like and can find useful.
Emma is not a super fan of getting her jacket on but once it's on, she doesn't seem to mind it and might even appreciate the extra warmth. She hasn't tried to get it off yet so that's a good sign!
Next blog post we will talk about another important winter item for your dog - boots and booties!
Crunchy snow, ice, and excessive cold on the paw pads can be painful and can cause damage. Stay tuned to hear about Maui and Emma's best picks for dog boots and!
Does your dog have a favorite coat or sweater?
Have you tried any that are great or are really bad?
Maui and Emma are waiting fur your comments!
We pet parents love our pets! If you’re reading this blog I’m certain I don’t need to be telling YOU that! We love them to the moon and back. The way we show that love has changed dramatically over the years. Dogs are more than just “the dog” they are now treated like true members of the family. This comes with a lot of perks for that 4-legged family member!
This shift towards treating your dog like a member of the family often means you treat them more like you would another human. We want to feed them we eat, include them in special events, take them on adventures we humans would enjoy, etc. Because of this, trends are popping up that have never even existed before.
Let’s take a look at some of the biggest and best pet industry trends for dogs!
Of course, dog walking is not new; people have always taken their dogs for walks. But what IS NEW is that dog walking has now become a big business. National franchises like Rover.com have turned the simple act of dog walking into a big-time moneymaker. As of September 2017, IBISWorld projected dog walking services in the United States to reach 1 billion in revenue.
We dog owners love it! We know dogs need exercise but sometimes our schedules just get in the way. It’s super simple to log into Rover.com or their app; give them info about your dog; choose a walk day and time; select your dog walker and voilà … your dog is all set to go for a 30-minute walk.
It took me less than five minutes to input my dog walk information and I was provided with a list of available dog walkers in my area.
Prices are pretty reasonable. In my area, they range from about $15 to $25 per 30-minute walk.
Dog walking services are not limited to Rover.com. There are other national dog walking and pet sitting companies as well as ones you can find locally in your area.
Weddings are nothing new but including your dog in your wedding certainly is! For some dog parents, their wedding just wouldn’t be right without including their furry family member.
“A pet plays an important role in a couple’s life and for many pet parents, family festivities would not be complete without their pet’s involvement,” said John D’Ariano, President of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters.
Dog parents are finding creative ways to customize their wedding to include their dog, such as:
Everything is high-tech today and dog gear and gadgets are no exception! You can find everything from pet tag trackers and GPS collars to automatic ball launchers, programmable feeders, even a specialized dedicated dog shower!
A lot of the gear comes with an app for your smartphone allowing you to track your pet and find them if they run off, or even feed your dog at the precise time even when you are not home.
Miss your pup when you are gone? You can check in on them when you’re not home with in-home video, app-controlled, 2-way audio cameras. Some even allow you to interact with your dog by playing laser pointer games or dispensing treats for them! High-tech has definitely gone to the dogs!
Hemp and CBD products are huge right now not just for humans but for pets, too!
CBD is derived from hemp. It does not contain (THC so your dog will not get high) but it has cannabidiol, which many believe can be helpful or even curative when it comes to many conditions such as cancer, anxiety, pain, nausea, and skin problems.
The more you read about CBD and its helpful properties, it is no wonder that CBD products specifically made for dogs are flying off the shelf!
If your social media feeds are anything like mine you can’t get very far without seeing an ad for a meal delivery service such as Sun Basket, Home Chef, etc. Now while you are scheduling your own home meal delivery, you can now subscribe to meal delivery services for your dog!
With delivery services such as MyOllie.com, NomNomNow.com, and TheFarmersDog.com (just naming a few) you can now have meals freshly prepared by a chef and have them delivered directly to your door- for your dog! They aren’t cheap, but neither are our human meal delivery services. But, you’re getting freshly prepared, pre-portioned meals that you don’t have to make!
These are just a few of the fun, healing, convenient trends happening so far in 2018 for our four-legged family members. It’s always fun finding the new gadgets or the new trends!
Stay tuned as we watch the year progresses to see what new, amazing products and trends arise!
Do you have any of these awesome gadgets?
Have you tried any of the products or services?
Tell us about your experience and what you think!
I was sitting in the living room the other day looking at all of Maui’s toys scattered around the floor. Some days it seems she takes every single one of them out. Maybe she’s checking to make sure they are all still there or perhaps trying to find just the right one to entice someone to play. Whatever the case, she sure has a lot of toys! Trying to get across the carpet without nailing a squeaker can be a challenge some days.
Maui usually picks up all of her toys at the end of each day, but in cases like that day they got picked up sooner rather than later. It’s a great training exercise for her commands ‘get’ and ‘put’. I tell Maui to get a toy and then to put it in her toy box. She gets a little treat and I get a clean floor. It’s a win-win situation.
Thinking about those toys that day, it struck me … am I ever grateful for her dog toy storage bin! Finding the right dog toy storage container can be a challenge sometimes, especially if you have a dog with large toys. Here’s a list I put together of different large dog toy boxes if you are searching for a dog toy storage bin for your pampered pooch.
What to Look for
I remember when shopping for dog toy storage containers, finding the right one was a bigger challenge than I expected. Maui is a golden retriever so she is a bigger dog. Bigger dogs generally mean bigger toys, so we needed a large dog toy box for all of her goodies.
One of Maui’s favorite toys is an angry bird (it used to be my daughter’s) that’s about 12 inches in diameter! A couple more 18 inch long stuffed puppies along with all of the other random toys means we need quite a bit of storage space.
I tried a random plastic storage bin I had in the garage, but it was too tall. Maui just wasn’t able to get down into the container to check out the toys that had made their way down to the bottom. Here started the shopping adventure looking for a large enough storage bin to hold all of Maui’s toys but one that was also short enough (but not too short) for her to easily reach all of the toys in the bin.
Stylish Dog Toy Storage Boxes
Maui’s toy box is right in plain view in our living room so I wanted to shop for something cute and kind of stylish. You can find a lot of storage containers that fit this criteria, but for me many were not big enough and they were too tall.
I did find some super cute dog toy storage containers by Winifred & Lily. These dog toy storage bins come in several different attractive looks and measure 16“ long x 11.5“ wide x 6“ tall. I was really tempted by several of these storage bins because I really loved how they look but was ultimately looking for something even a little bigger because of the size of some of Maui’s toys.
This Woodlore Cedar Products Pet Cedar Large Toy Box is super cute. The box measures 16.5 inches square and is 10 inches tall. It is made out of cedar wood so it has a great smell. I just found this one when I was looking back at my Amazon search results from when I was toy box shopping. If I had found this one back when I was looking to purchase, it very well may have been my choice.
Not so Stylish but Functional
Found these great, colorful, plastic Honey Can Do bins that measure 16.25″ x 11.75″ x 5″ deep. Exactly what I was looking for if it was just a little bit bigger. Not quite as stylish as the storage containers mentioned above, but these come in 8 different colors to choose from and are plastic, so super easy to wash and keep clean and super durable.
Another colorful bin is this Childcraft storage box which also comes with a lid. The storage box measures 16 “ long x 11“ wide x 6“ tall which isn’t too bad of a size. Might be nice to have a lid if you ever want to pack up the toys and put them away when company comes over, or something of that sort. This bin comes in 4 primary colors.
Both of these plastic storage container options could be cute if you took a marker and decorated it with your dog’s name and some pawprints, dog bones, or puppies to make it more personalized.
Who knew, with all the different storage bins, containers, and boxes available that it would be so difficult to find a stylish, large enough, easy to clean dog toy storage bin for my Maui.
What did I end up opting for?
It seems to be a trait of mine that I opt more for function over style, and this ended up to be one of those times.
I ended up getting a good ol’ Sterilite plastic storage bin. The one I purchased measures about 25“ long x 16“ wide x 6“ tall. This bin is large enough to hold all of her toys, even the bigger ones yet short enough for Maui to easily reach the toys that are on the bottom of the storage bin.
While I did a lot of shopping online while searching for the just the right sized dog toy storage container for Maui’s toys, I ended up purchasing the Sterilite container from a local Walmart store. Up here in Minnesota you can also find these types of storage bins at stores like Target, Fleet Farm, Menards, Home Depot, etc.
In the End
In the end it didn’t really matter to me that the dog toy storage box was stylish but more so that it could hold everything it needed to hold. While something cute and stylish may look better in your living room, when shopping for a toy storage bin for your dog be sure to think about your dog’s size and how easy or difficult it will be for them to get the toys out of the container.
When shopping online be sure to check for the measurements of a container before you purchase to be sure you’re getting something appropriate for your furry family member.