Pawz Dog Boots

PAWZ Disposable Reusable Boots - 12 Pack XX Small in Yellow.jpeg I have 6-year-old basset hound who loves to be outside. Unfortunately, in a Minnesota winter, his paws can't take the freezing temps very long. This means no walks in the winter, and on extremely cold days he can barely manage to go to the bathroom before his paws freeze. My wife and I have tried a couple different types of dog boots from REI, and without any luck. These boots were made with fleece insulation inside of thick canvas fabric with rubber soles. My dog absolutely refused to move one step with them on. We had given up hope on dog boots until I saw Pawz brand dog boots at a local pet store. Pawz dog boots are essentially large rubber balloons. There isn't any padding or fabric insulation, just bare rubber.
pawz2.jpg We tried them out and after a very short period of awkward walking our dog forgot he was wearing them. The difference between these boots and other boots is that the dogs can still feel the ground underneath their paws. We were worried that with the lack of insulation, they wouldn't allow him to be outside much longer than without the rubber boots. It is obvious that the insulation of the more expensive boots isn't really an issue. Our dog managed to stay outside with these boots on for hours on a recent trip to U.P. Michigan, with temps well below zero. Unlike other boots that tend to fall off rather easily when the dog runs in the snow, we have yet to have one of these boots fall off. It also helps keep the very sharp salt on the sidewalks from cutting his paws or drying the pads out on walks in the city. Pawz dog boots are 100% biodegradable, and come in packs of 12. Even though they are considered disposable, we have yet to wear out our first set of four. They are extremely cheap considering the alternative, and are very easy to use --Tyler Coper Pawz Dog Boots $4 Comment on this at Cool Tools. Or, submit a tool!


  1. Thank you for this. We saw these recently, but didn’t believe they could really stand up to a Chicago (and rural Indiana) winter.

    If they’re good enough for da UP, they’re good enough for us.

  2. I highly recommend Muttluks boots. They run at around $50/pair, but one set will literally last a dog’s lifetime. They never come off, are lined with fleece, and the soles are leather. They keep my dogs’ paws toasty during harsh Canadian winters.

  3. My friend has used these on her dog (my step-dog) for a few winters now and they’re terrific. They will eventually tear from the claws (esp if your pooch likes to run) and the traction on sheet-iced sidewalks is not real good, but they’re the best thing she’s yet found. Dog isn’t crazy about getting them put on, but once they’re on doesn’t give them a second thought.

  4. I spent $100.00 on some fancy ones while in a ski resort town (probably an 80% markup) because my poor Bernese had ice cubes in her paws and couldn’t go snowshoeing. All four of them were off her feet and flying through the air within 15 minutes. I wish I had thought of putting balloons on her feet.

  5. We tried these with our two dogs. They work great on our dog with wide feet. But our other dog has exceptionally slender feet – she looks like she’s always standing en pointe. The balloons manage to come off her feet, even despite the rubber neck being quite tight.

    Also, I disagree about their durability. The set we had would tear after a couple uses.
    If the balloons got wet on the inside, after drying, the inner surface would self-adhere, making reuse very difficult. Sprinkling baby powder inside the balloon helped.

  6. When walking in snow, my poor dog stops every 10 feet to chew away the snow buildup from in between her pads. And after finding ruffwear’s booties to be too much boot for my little dog, I had been planning on trying paw wax for our next snow adventure, but these might be worth a shot as well.

  7. My dog-fanatic neighbour uses these. She had a similar experience that her dog wouldn’t wear the heavily insulated ones because she couldn’t feel the ground with her toes and the toenails got scrunched up. Around here the major advantage is that it keeps the toxic salt off of the dog’s paws. For no particular reason, except maybe a fear of Haitian zombies, there’s usually more salt than snow on the ground.

  8. I remember my step-dad making boots for his bird dog out of bicycle inter tubes. A quick search of the net turns up hunters still make their own from time to time.

  9. not only do these boots work great, they stay on and keep the salt out of his paws, watching my dog walk around getting used to them for the first time was priceless.

  10. My wife bought Pawz for our greyhound after the dog suffered cuts on her feet last winter (our streets are heavily oversalted). Although the dog doesn’t like getting them on and off, she walks around just fine outside. We haven’t had any problems.

  11. I’ve used these in Chicago for a couple years, and I’m a fan.

    You do go thru a couple pairs a winter, but I think a normal box contains 3 sets if I remember correctly…I should probably get up and check, but I’m lazy.

    With that said, if your dog will wear boots that will last 3-4 years, that is still a great option. Mine, alas, will not.

  12. I remember researching info on why dogs don’t get frostbite on their feet a few years ago… a couple of vets made note that the only dogs they’d ever seen with frostbite had been those whose owners tried to protect them with booties… so I’d recommend being careful.

  13. Do dogs really need booties? Or is it one of those things like people putting clothing on their dogs because they think they’re cold?

    I have a dog I’ve only taken up to the snow twice and she just went full blast dead into the snow. Of course, she’s a Tibetan spaniel and I don’t think they bother put booties on dogs in Tibet.

    1. In the desert, the number one reason for non-routine vet visits for dogs and cats is burned feet. So booties are de rigueur here, but for different reasons.

  14. Oh man, we’ve got to try this! Our dog is good down to about 15 degrees (after that, you have to check her antifreeze, I always say). It was 7 above when we went to watch the Geminids this year, and she made it about half an hour before we had to let her huddle in the car. The snow doesn’t bother her much – but she was definitely starting to limp from the cold, and I worried about frostbite.

    @bryher1 – that’s pretty interesting. Maybe I should look that up.

  15. Whether dogs need booties or not depends partly on the dog, and partly on the conditions. Snow is one thing, ice is another, and road salt is yet another and by far the worst. It burns unprotected paws–and if the dog tries to clean it off while you’re getting the washcloth, it’s toxic. It’s easier and safer to have booties you can just peel off, or musher’s wax that prevents the burning.

    Also, for fluffy-footed dogs, snow and ice can stick to the hair between the toes and the pads, and become both painful and a threat for frostbite.

    bryher1 makes an assertion, but doesn’t provide any support for it other than an anonymous “couple of vets.” Even dogs that run the Iditarod wear booties or use musher’s wax to protect their feet, and I trust no one thinks that dog sled racers pamper and baby their dogs unnecessarily. Or that they’d do something that would increase, rather than decrease, the risk of frostbite.

  16. Try spraying Pam (or other non-stick edible oil) inbetween the dog’s toes before setting out.

    I bet the disposable doggy boots last longer if you keep the toenails clipped short, BTW.

  17. Having tried both these and more conventional booties for my dog, I have to say there are advantages and disadvantages for both. He is prone to getting snowballs between his toes which impacts our snowshoeing together.

    Both types work well for the problem, but because his nails are longish, the Pawz booties did not last long. They were effective, and he barely noticed them on after a minute. The application of the booties was much quicker than the more conventional type as well. Occasionally, one of the conventional booties will start to come off, whereas the Pawz just stayed on.

    I’d recommend them for those with short nails but found that in deep snow on a dog with long nails they didn’t last.

  18. This reminds me of how funny it was when my friend first put hiking booties on her dog to prevent her pads from getting torn up on trail rides.

  19. I have to add my 2 cents on this. I bought these for my two boxers and neither of them would suffer them well. They also came off easily. I wish they had worked well because they’re priced pretty reasonably but… the regular booties w. velcro seem to work better

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