When the cold weather hits your neighborhood and the snows begin to fall, one of the first things you break out is likely to be a pair of your favorite winter boots. Why? Because you don’t want your feet to get cold, soaking wet, and covered in whatever chemical compound your area uses on the roads. Don’t you think your dog deserves the same protection? The good news is that there are many different types of dog boots on the market; they fasten in different ways and come in an incredible range of styles and colors.
The big thing with getting winter boots for your dog is to be sure and take him with you when you go shopping for them. They come in many different sizes, shapes, and styles. Just as buying shoes that fit you is vital in the buying process, it is just as important to your pup. Take your time fitting each paw. Having boots that fit and are comfortable is a vital part of the training process.
This is a two-stage process, each part of which is important to the final result. If you think getting your pup to try on his new boots is tough, wait until you try to get him to stand up and walk around in them. All kidding aside, it really isn't that hard. No matter which training method you decide to try, you have to let your pup get used to having boots on his feet before you try to teach him to walk in them.
As for a command, you can use just about anything you want such as, "time to get your boots on" or simply" boots." It really doesn't matter which one you choose, just be sure to stick to the same command to avoid confusion.
The first thing in training your dog to walk in boots is the fitting part explained above. It is vital that your pup's boots fit his feet, just like yours fit you. If they are too tight, they will rub and chafe his feet. If they are too loose, they may rub or chafe as well, but they may also be too easy for him to shake off while walking. Before you get started, you need his boots, a pocket full of treats, a quiet place to train, plenty of time, and, of course, tons of patience.