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#2735921 - 12/30/11 08:28 AM
Dogs boots for ice fishing?
TexasRig64 Offline
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Registered: 12/28/10
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Loc: SE Minnesota
I took my pup out ice fishing the other day and had to call it a day early cause he cut his paw on the ice when he was running around. just wondering what kind of boots you guys would recomend i should purchase for him to prevent this from happening again?

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#2735941 - 12/30/11 08:42 AM
Re: Dogs boots for ice fishing? [Re: TexasRig64]
DTro Offline
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Registered: 08/19/00
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Loc: South of the River
Everyone always recommends the Mickey Mouse boots, so I'm going with that. Other popular brands are Ice Kings, Baffin, and Mukluks

(sorry, couldn't resist). smile
#2735947 - 12/30/11 08:46 AM
Re: Dogs boots for ice fishing? [Re: DTro]
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Good luck to ya, dogs absolutely hate boots on their feet. They walk all funny in them and try to get them off the whole time.

Not really much you can do except wait until there is more snow on the ice, then they will still cut their feet open on anything that's in the area like rocks, ect.

I think they get cut so easily in the winter because their pads are so dry. My dog cuts his pads wide open about 10 times a winter.
#2736057 - 12/30/11 10:17 AM
Re: Dogs boots for ice fishing? [Re: FISHINGURU]
Twins Guy Offline
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Registered: 12/29/09
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Loc: Minneapolis, MN
my pooch has a habit of licking her feet due to allergies so she gets booted often and has learned to tolerate them. at first she will walk around high stepping it but get her outside and she seems to forget they are there.

i am a big fan of ruff wear dog gear. our allie is fully outfitted with their gear including soft shell jacket, dog pack and the bark'n boots grip tex boots. they have a solid vibram rubber sole and I have been impressed at how well they stay on her feet. gotta get the right size though. we were able to find them on sale last year for about half price-but the $65 regular price is tough to swallow. these will protect the pads but traction on glare ice is not good. kinda comical though;)


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#2736394 - 12/30/11 05:20 PM
Re: Dogs boots for ice fishing? [Re: Twins Guy]
Crappyfisherman Offline
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Loc: minnesota
Ruff Wear, You just have to be patisent and let the dog get used to them a little at a time.Also try Mushers Seceret ontment. Thats what the dog sled racers use. Works wonders on their pads and you won't get the snow balls between the pads.When I had dogs I ran them all winter with out problems.
#2736430 - 12/30/11 06:12 PM
Re: Dogs boots for ice fishing? [Re: Crappyfisherman]
Down Deep Offline
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Google dogbooties in Duluth. They make a full range of booties for all sorts of uses and sizes. I have a English Springer and I take her for a run in the woods everyday. Take it from me my dog uses booties all winter and they never slow her down or cause any kind of problems. Snow and ice can be very abrasive to a dog's paws and they can suffer frostbite just like humans.

#2737197 - 12/31/11 06:04 PM
Re: Dogs boots for ice fishing? [Re: Down Deep]
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Registered: 09/04/11
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Yet another option to dog boots is a product called Tuff Foot. It is a liquid that is applied to the dogs pads and when dried makes the pad less succeptable to cuts and/or tears. The product is very similar to Benzoine, which is used in surgical sites to allow adhesive tape to "stick" better. I have been using this stuff on my dog for years with great success. Most good Vet clinics will carry the Tuff Foot product. You could also try a local Pharmacy and ask for Benzoine. They are both basically the same.Hope this helps....
#2737419 - 01/01/12 04:58 AM
Re: Dogs boots for ice fishing? [Re: TexasRig64]
cavalierowner Offline
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Slightly off topic, but if you walk your dog on the streets in the winter, that's a good time to put boots on them too. There isn't much that's harder on a dogs pads than road salt.

#2737477 - 01/01/12 08:34 AM
Re: Dogs boots for ice fishing? [Re: cavalierowner]
hydro Offline
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Registered: 01/09/02
Posts: 1683
Loc: Buffalo, MN
Another Minnesota company to check for dog boots is Black Ice Dog Sledding. They are nice people to work with so Google them, give them a call and they can help you get the right product for what you want to do with your dog. If your pup is up to the task they have the gear to hook 'em up to pull the sled as well!
#2737562 - 01/01/12 10:04 AM
Re: Dogs boots for ice fishing? [Re: hydro]
queenpdog Offline
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Registered: 01/26/11
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Loc: Tonka, MN
I'm putting in another vote for dogbooties.com in Duluth. You can spend $40 on Ruff Wear boots and then when your dog kicks one off and you can't find it you'll be [PoorWordUsage]! Dogbooties.com sells their booties in bulk and they are about $2.50 each. If you lose one you just grab another from your stock. They are well made and hold up fine. The mushers love them because they are inexpensive and tough as nails. One note is that with the glare ice we have had around the metro, booties will be a cruel addition to the dog's wardrobe. As far as I know there are no booties with tungsten carbide spikes. wink

Another great product is "Musher's Secret". It is a waxy sort of paste that you can put on their pads to protect them from ice, slush, salt, etc.
#2737670 - 01/01/12 12:31 PM
Re: Dogs boots for ice fishing? [Re: TexasRig64]
TexasRig64 Offline
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Registered: 12/28/10
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Loc: SE Minnesota
Thanks for all the help guys!

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#2737766 - 01/01/12 03:03 PM
Re: Dogs boots for ice fishing? [Re: TexasRig64]
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We use Ultra Paws® Rugged Dog Boots and love them. They never come off.

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