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Hello all. I'm not sure if I had mentioned this in a previous post but I'm training Kaya to be my service dog. We start our first class on Saturday. So I live down here in Texas and the pavement gets really hot. So I'm already looking for some shoes for her. Most that I have seen are for winter or snow. Anybody down here buy your baby some summer shoes? If so do you remember what kind?

Guinevere 

Literally the last pair of dog boots I bought was probably 14 years ago..... so I'm probably not a good person to give you any help.  Good luck!

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We start our first class on Saturday. So I live down here in Texas and the pavement gets really hot. So I'm already looking for some shoes for her. Most that I have seen are for winter or snow. Anybody down here buy your baby some summer shoes?  

 

Your dog is going to be so concerned about the stuff on her feet that most likely the training class is going to be a complete waste of time. She will be focused on the shoes and NOT the class.

As long as she can move around and is not stuck in one spot for long the heat is not likely to be an issue. In the same respect - Her paw pads will never get tough and she will never 'learn' how to run on pavement without damaging them if you insist on babying her feet like that.

 

I do think that if she is going to be outside with you a lot as a service dog - and on pavement, then I do think that dog shoes might be a very good idea.  I did have some when I used to road work my dogs (me on a bike) to get them in good shape for the show ring.  I don't remember the brand that I had, but they wore holes in them pretty quick on the asphalt. I do know that they were highly rated. I would only use them outside when needed for hot pavement, and take them off when not needed.  Dogs don't like them, but will get used to them. 

I did a little bit of research, and would try Ruffwear. The ones I had years ago did not have rubber bottoms - they do now.   Also remember that while Dobermans are pretty big dogs, they don't normally have big feet because they are supposed to have a very compact cat foot.