Dog Shoes

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I never thought I'd ever ask a question about dog shoes.

Last Friday as we were traveling to our camping destination we stopped for a break.  The temperature was in the mid-90s and it was a long walk across a paved parking lot for us to get to the place we were stopping at (when pulling a camper you usually end up at the back of parking lots).  Freyja's feet did not handle the hot pavement well.  It was obvious that she was very uncomfortable walking on it.  We rushed to get to grass for her, but I felt so bad putting her through that ordeal.  We don't have that problem here in the mountains as the temps rarely get out of the mid 80s.

So my question is:  does anyone know of any shoes or pads that can help a Dobie walking on hot asphalt?     

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I don't know how they well they would work but I found these on PetSmart:

http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3099029


I also found some more expensive ($50) but these seemed more reasonable. I have no idea what the bottom looks like.

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Good Morning all..

I was curious myself about protecting those big ole' Doberpaws from the blistering hot sand on the beaches.... I googled "dog shoes" and you'd be surprised at the many selections are available from "musher mukluks" to hot asphalt protective wear. There was one site that advised getting your dog used to them inside before attempting to use them on the surface.. "As you're dog has gone barefoot all his life"

Made me laugh as I take Sofia's collar off at night coz she likes to sleep naked.

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Yeah, I was overwhelmed at the number of selections that came up under "dog shoes".  I was hoping someone had some experience with them so I didn't waste any money on junk.  I guess if all else fails I could go to the dollar store and buy some children's socks to keep Freyja's feet from contacting the pavement.  Anyone have any experience in protecting Dobiefeet from hot pavement?

Lady Kate now we know, you let Sofia sleep in the buff .  I haven't thought about letting Freyja sleep au natural, but may have to try it sometime.

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I guess since it's time to fess up, my Dober kids run around au natural. The only time they have to get "dressed" is when they go to the vet. If you will notice in my photos of Princess and Red you won't typically see a collar mark much less a collar.

Advantage of have a place where they can run around without them. This is the result of one of my black male Schnauzer getting his collar caught in the chain link fence when he was about a year old and in his struggle to get loose he got it twisted and it was choking him. My then black female Dobie that was out with he and Heidi alerted me with her insistent barking.

I really though he was dead. His eyes had rolled back and I could not detect breathing when I got him loose by unbuckling the collar. Thank goodness it was a snap buckle not the old style buckle where you have to tighten it to loosen it. I laid him on the kitchen floor and then went outside to get the other dogs settled down and when I came back in he met me at the door! I guess I should have renamed him Lazarus. He had some fang wounds where Gretyl had tried to pull him free from the fence, so I took him to the vet. To this day he has a rasping brething sound when he gets excited - I guess damage to the esophagus.

I since have never let the dogs run out in the back with collars on unless I am with them. The vet even removes the collars now when I take them in for boarding. I leave the collars and leases in the van, but don't need them as I go straight home and the two Dobies go in first and then I go back out to get the munchkin dogs.

One saving grace - Baron has never tried to dig out since.

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All kidding aside..  House Rule here.. Play Naked:

Whenever anyone brings their dogs over to play, I always request that they remove their collars.. The way Dobermans (and other dogs) grab each other around the neck, a collar could be deadly.. I've heard of stories where a tooth gets stuck in the link of a choke chain, I've read about strangling while playing only because they grab on to the collar and do not let go.. And once you take her collar off.. rub and massage around her neck.. she'll love it! ( Have you ever worn a hat all day?/ feels sooooooo good to take it off and rub your head