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 Do you'r dogs where "shoes" when running on asphalt?

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ramoscl
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PostSubject: Do you'r dogs where "shoes" when running on asphalt?   Tue May 14, 2013 12:30 am

So i've been biking with my pooches and i have them wear disposable "shoes" to protect he pads of their feet from the asphalt. I had someone ask me why i made my dog wear shoes. I explained it was to protect their pads and asked how they would feel running on asphalt bearfoot. The woman was incredulous and it kinda ticked me off. Am i crazy or do others also protect their dogs feet when biking?
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PostSubject: Re: Do you'r dogs where "shoes" when running on asphalt?   Tue May 14, 2013 12:34 am

I use Musher's Secret. It protects their paws pretty well Smile I also apply it generously and my mom thinks I'm crazy for buying all 'that stuff' XD
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PostSubject: Re: Do you'r dogs where "shoes" when running on asphalt?   Tue May 14, 2013 12:46 am

I don't- I check pads after every run. If I think there may be an issue starting, or warmer temps I'll use Musher's Secret also. Siberians are blessed with hardy pads unlike our bare feet.
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PostSubject: Re: Do you'r dogs where "shoes" when running on asphalt?   Tue May 14, 2013 1:11 am

The asphalt also helps to keep there nails short. But the booties are not strange.
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PostSubject: Re: Do you'r dogs where "shoes" when running on asphalt?   Tue May 14, 2013 1:44 am

I don't.
I use Musher's Secret weekly and try not to run on hot pavement.
Most of the time we are on trails.
But if we are on pavement, I check Bodhi's feet daily.
When we are hiking in areas of volcanic rock, I do use booties.
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PostSubject: Re: Do you'r dogs where "shoes" when running on asphalt?   Tue May 14, 2013 9:21 am

I'll be getting a set of boots for both dogs for the lake. Its got a lot of cracked marble and sharper grains that make up the "sand". Other than that i just check paws
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PostSubject: Re: Do you'r dogs where "shoes" when running on asphalt?   Tue May 14, 2013 7:53 pm

I tried the Ruffwear Grip Trex but couldn't get a good fit with any of the sizes, so I sent them back.

I bike mine almost every day on asphalt, and like everyone else I check their pads daily. When we first started I'd have to take a day off every 2-3 days. Now I can't remember the last time we took a day off.

Over time I've noticed that their pads have adapted and gotten tougher. It's similar to human feet--they will adapt to the situation. As a kid I would go barefoot all the time, especially on gravel. It wasn't comfortable at first, but my feet soon developed calluses to help protect them. After that it wasn't an issue.


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