Wear Our Dog Boots for hiking, sharp stones, hot or hard ground, toe and
Durable: One of our clients writes: The last pair I had
never wore out (she had had them 7 years). I gave them away after the
|Farley - Poodle - British Columbia, Canada
|His owner writes: I tried several brands of boots on Farley so he
could walk in the hills with me. live in Osoyoos British Columbia,
where I am surrounded by amazing hills and meadows to explore. Farley
loves to come with me but several of the local plants proved dangerous,especially
the puncturevine. The small burrs from this plant can puncture a bicycle
tire so you can imagine what it would do the sensitive paws. I tried
several brands of boots but somewhere along the way, one or two boots
would come off and go missing. Until I found Pro-Active Paws Dog Boots.
Not only was I thrilled, so was Farley. Just take a look at his pictures
and videos and you'll see how delighted he is with his new boots.
And they have never fallen off!
|Breeze - Springer Spaniel, Lake District UK
|Her owner writes: Breeze wore her feet out on the hot summer ground
of the Lake District Fells, and then wore her boot out too. You very
kindly made her a bespoke pair to fit both her feet and her lunatic
Since the arrival of those boots, the weather has been cooler and
Breeze's feet have coped with everything we have thrown at them.
I have diligently carried the boots in my rucksack for many miles.
However, about 10 days ago, we had one of those unforgetable days
on the fells. Snow on the tops, clear blue skies and endless views.
I never thought to check Breezes feet.
The next day she was a bit lame, and I felt awful when I discovered
a hole in her pad again.
Since then we have done three fell walks, each time she has worn
one boot (the same one each time). It has not made one bit of difference
to the way she charges about, but it has meant that her foot has
healed really quickly, and we are able to continue our walks while
giving it time to harden before we risk it again.
Today I walked with a friend - she was absolutely amazed that the
boot stayed in place for the whole walk. After three outings (and
on the basis that she does about 10 x what we do, well over 100
miles) there are no signs of wear on the boot.
I have enclosed a photo of Breeze wearing the boot at the end of
|Fonzi, Dalmatian, UK
|Fonzis owner writes in Trailblazers, the newsletter
I dont know about you but over the years we have gone
through a variety of dog boots. Some have gone into holes and many
have been lost out on walks as the fit was not good. My poor Fonzi
has again been in the wars and had a small wound on the side of
his foot that became infected and so needed some sort of boot to
keep the area relatively clean.
Having trawled the internet I came across the website www.dogbootsactive.com
straight away I was encouraged by seeing sledge dogs and agility
dogs wearing the boots.
Having made contact by e-mail I found Elizabeth Alderton of Pro-Active
Paws Dogboots really great to deal with, I made a mistake with the
sizing (even though there is a chart to measure your dogs foot!)
She was really helpful in guiding me to ascertain the correct size
and to say that I could have the boots made with a longer length
going up the leg.
They have arrived, a perfect fit for Fonzi and they are sturdy
and well made. A well worth addition to our ever increasing box
of goodies for our dogs!
|Bracken, Collie - Somerset, UK
|Bracken has sore front paws owing to his age. He is now happy walking
on all surfaces.
|Barney, Greyhound - Gloucestershire, UK
|This greyhound has one hind leg missing. His owner writes: "we
needed the boot to protect his remaining back paw as it gets a lot
of hard use whilst out walking. Very easy to put on and he got used
to it almost immediately, and is now able to walk, play and swim again
without the boot falling off which is the best part."
|Jyp - Labrador - Cornwall, UK
|Jyp had a long-term paw injury which needed to be kept dry while
|Lurcher - Kent, UK
|Her owner writes: 'The dog boots arrived safely and we have used
them a couple of times on our new rescued lurcher bitch who had a
damaged pad which she kept chewing. This style of boot fits a lurcher-type
very well, as these dogs are often tall (both ours are around 26 inches
at the shoulder) with long feet and thin legs. The length of your
boot and its velcro fastening meant that we could fasten the boot
very securely high enough up the leg so it did not come off. Most
other styles of boot we have tried do not stay on, as they seem to
be based on the idea that as a dog's feet get bigger its legs become
We used the boot on her in the house daytime and overnight, in
the garden and when on the lead, but not when off the lead on a
walk as she moves so fast over all terrain that she invariably comes
back without any footwear! The injury is now healed so the boots
are on standby for the next time, which can be fairly frequent with
this type of fast moving dog.
|Tip - Border Collie - Cumbria, UK
His owner writes: "The boots arrived and were an excellent
fit. When Tip's pad (he had a deep cut in it) was really bad we
used a heavy boot from another company which had lots of padding
in it. It gave good padding and protection but it didn't stay on
very well so when it had healed somewhat and he was back off the
grass and his lead we swopped to your lighter boots. The photos
show him in the middle of an 8 mile fellwalk yesterday (his first
since the injury) and I only readjusted his boot once all day. They
stay on very well and are remarkably hardwearing. I applied Vitamin
E as recommended by you and it still has taken 3 weeks for it to
heal and he will be wearing your boot for a while yet. After a 3
week lay off we are both not as fit as we were and I don't want
it opening up again!
In all they are very simple and effective boots and the fit is perfect.
Thank you very much. I plan to carry them in my rucksack for emergencies
(and snow when he gets ice balls between his toes whuch are obviously
Pro-Active Paws also make padded boots or fully waterproof boots
- you can see these comments for these under the section on Padded
|Chance - Standard Poodle - Illinois, USA
|Chance's owner writes: "Received the boots today--OH MY WORD!--they're
fabulous! :) I've never
seen my dog so happy about something he couldn't eat. I swear he knows
exactly what they're for and he LOVES them; he's grinning from ear
to ear since he tried them out. We've been through a lot of lousy
boots and he's never reacted to boots the way he's reacting to these;
he's been dancing around, racing and jumping through the snow, just
for the heck of enjoying what his new boots can do. He is so happy;
He worked hard in them all day yesterday, about 15 hours, and they
were a dream; didn't have to readjust them even once. Best, at the
end of the day, his feet were dry and he was in no hurry to get them
off--comfortable to the end."
|Pepper - Standard Poodle - British Columbia, Canada
|His owner writes. I fitted both front paws because
I believe they take more pounding than the hind paws. He is extremely
good when his paws are handled, he is used to me applying different
potions and wraps to his feet because of the injuries he has incurred
so many times. However, he looked really puzzled. What was it I was
Than, right after I have finished with the second boot, he spotted
the neighbor's cat and that was it. As he ran after the cat, the speed
comparable to flying, he had to take a few sharp turns at an incredible
speed. In an instant, the boots were forgotten and he is fine ever
I checked the boots right after he has finished chasing the cat. They
stayed perfectly in place, just the way I've put them on. I only had
to re-adjust the velcro. I like the red velcro on the boots. At first
I thought it would be better to have a black color but as I watched
the dog, I think there is a good reason for the velcro being different
color than the boots. I can see very well if they are slipping (which
they are not) or should anything happen while the dog is roughing
it out. Than I went across the road to show the boots to my other
neighbor who owns two Labs. We had a little laugh over Pepper looking
'so eighties' (Gogo boots. I am not sure of the right spelling but
I wore them. LOL)
All three of the dogs played and run like crazy for at least an hour.
The boots came through with flying colors. Literally:)
I want to thank you Elizabeth very much for making such a great
product. I believe it will solve my problem with Pepper's paws.
If we need boots on his hind feet I will order another pair. And
if and when they will wear out I will also order more.
And if I'll meet dog owners who will ask about the boots I will
certainly recommend you.
Once more, many thanks for the fast service and for the honest product.
It is great.
Later, his owner writes about the above pictures: This is what
the boots looked like on Pepper after 1 1/2 hr running crazy on
a pebbled beach, in and out of the sea. He had the boots on one
front and a hind leg because the two paws had small cracks and needed
|Bojangles - Labrador - Scotland
|His owner writes: I ordered a set of your waterproof dog boots and
firstly would like to say how good they are! Excellent fit and really
fit for purpose. Mr Bojangles has been running around, playing in
the snow and ice and has never had any issues with the boots. They
stay secure and are very waterproof, even when completely submerged
in snow as they have been from the day I got them.
Today was their toughest challenge. Thick, heavy, sticky, slushy snow.
It was EXTREMELY heavy underfoot and Mr Bo\'s dressing stayed dry
under the boot. They are fantastic and I don't think I should attempt
to find any substitute!
Many thanks again for your boots, I am glad I found you!
|Genie - Bouvier des Flanders - Utah, USA
|Her owner writes: Around Christmas, 2009, I purchased a pair of
your dog boots for my Bouvier des Flandres, Genie. Well, its
Spring in Utah, and we have just returned from our first camping trip
to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming where Genie got to put your
boots through their paces.
Attached are some pictures of Genie in the boots that you may use
on your website. As you can see, she is much happier now that her
sensitive feet are protected from the pine needles, rocks and stickers
that are common in our mountain area.
I have to tell you, Genie does not like to have her feet handled
at all, but she will lie down and present her feet when we tell
her its time to put your boots on! She lies perfectly
still while we put them all on, which is totally uncharacteristic
of her. She LIKES to wear them, because her feet feel better with
them on! (I really think she is allergic to grass, which is terrible
if youre a dog.)
Thanks for such a great product. They fit perfectly, stay in place
and are easy to wash and dry.
|Tilly - Labrador Mixture - Oxfordshire - UK
|Her owner writes We have been giving them a thorough testing, and
so far, after about a total of 2 hours hard use, once on thawed, muddy
ground and today on hard, frosty mud, they are staying on and bearing
up incredibly well - just a bit of wear on the inside paw pad surface.
|Roxy - Labrador/German Shepherd Mixture - New Mexico - USA
The boots are absolutely fantastic. It's plain to see that they
are made by people who care about every dog those boots go on.
Roxy 6.5 years old, has never had trouble with her feet before.
Only the last 9 months or so she constantly has cuts and scrapes
between her pads and even nasty cuts of the pads themselves (like
one edge looked "sliced off"). Worst thing is that she
has developed the habit of obsessively licking the bottom of her
paws and actually turns the web into something looking like ground
We really don't know what has caused all this trouble lately, except
that we got a German Shorthaired Pointer puppy to keep her company
last year (when our very old GSP was getting close to the end of
his life). Ever since "Nemo" outgrew the puppy stage and
turned into an adolecent the two of them have been playing extremely
We have a nice (fenced) piece of property of several acres where
they can roam around to their heart's content while I'm outside
working with the horses. Unfortunately, living in the high desert,
there really is no grass--only rather rough and even some pokey
weeds. It didn't bother Roxy before for the last 4 years since we
moved here but then she never raced around that extensively before
Nemo joined our family. The snow and ice this winter have really
caused the worst injuries.
Back to the boots: Roxy still has her dew claws and that has been
a constant problem with all the other dog boots (the ones worth
talking about) that I have tried. Your boots are the first and only
ones that she is really comfortable in AND that stay on without
turning upside down or hindering her otherwise. Also, we have a
lot of mud here right now with snow melting and these boots don't
get sucked off her feet and stay dry inside even when the outside
looks terrible. When they are dry they can be just easily brushed
mostly clean with a stiff bristly brush. Simple GREAT!
What I like best is that you worked out a very smart design with
the straps. The fact that the straps attach to themselves all the
way around keeps them tidy and she doesn't get caught and ripping
them off like with some of the other boots.
Thanks to your boots we were able to leave the bandages off the
two feet that were worst (one hind and one front) after only a couple
of days. Being able to leave leave the boots on her feet to keep
her from licking really sped up the healing.
I got lucky and got a shot of Roxy chasing her favorite enemies
again: A pair of Ravens that hang around on our place. She has not
done that in many weeks because either her feet hurt or the various
boots I had on her didn't fit right or constantly turned upside
down or chafed or simply hindered her. I've been gone through 5
different kinds of dog boots for Roxy (including one I made myself
of leather to protect her bandage). Every one had some major disadvantages
and I almost had given up when I found your boots.
|Cookie - Nottingham - UK
| Cookie's owner writes: Wonderful ! Marvelous ! Fantastic ! Amazing
! Not to mention pretty darn good ! Finally I can take Cookie out
for a walk without having to bathe her on our return. No problems
for her with the wearing of them, but still have to train myself (she's
helping me) as regards how tight to tie them on.
Of all the websites I've dealt with, yours is probably my best
find. And your aftercare is worthy of a medal. Too bad it's not
the norm for service sectors.
|Simone - Texas - USA
|Simone was born with a birth defect on one of her paws and was walking
sideways on it. She uses the boots to keep her comfortable and allow
her to run freely. Simone's owner writes: the boots are working quite
well - although i have mainly been using just one on her more severely
deformed foot - here are some photos taken recently at a Lure Coursing
event that we attended. Lure Coursing is Simone's favorite thing to
do - and in the past it's really torn up her legs and feet. Everyone
watching was amazed at how fast she is - and even more amazed when
they realize that her legs and feet are misshapen and she's missing
Eva - Border Collie - Northants - UK
Eva, started to suffer from lameness in her right hing leg at the
age of 18 months. The vet initially diagnosed a partially ruptured
cruciate ligament in her knee. After 2 months of anti-inflammatory
treatment and rest (try telling that to a collie) the problem continued
to show itself so we took her to a consultant. He found her outer
toes to be very sore on manipulation. He suspected sesamoid disease,
very unusual in such a young dog. After an expensive x-ray and joint
tap, nothing conclusive was found...
So her owners turned to the internet and learnt of a problem called
'sprung toe' whereby the ligaments in the dogs' feet become strained
by twisting on soft ground, a common problem in greyhounds apparently.
They also discovered Dog Boots Active and after consulting our company
decided to give them a try.
Her owner Tamzin writes: Eva is now able to take part in all her
usual activities once again with her new boots. She has started
flyball, which she thinks is collie-heaven! She is able to tear
around on the lawn chasing swallows again and she is happy to accompany
me out riding, without being bothered by stinging nettles or stony
tracks.Eva is a different dog! She's much happier on all terrain
and has been back to full activity, even starting flyball, which
she thinks is heaven.
Tamzin is certain that she improved with the boots. she states:
"She's gone lame twice when we've exercised her without them
so I'm now totally convinced they are the answer!"
|Maisie - Jack Russell/Staffordshire Terrier - Wiltshire - UK
Had badly worn pads on front paws plus some arthritis and had trouble
with walking on rough grass/tarmac/gravel. Maisie is wearing our regular
|Sara and Ken, her owners, write: We just thought you'd like to see
a picture of Maisie in her boots, taken at the end of a walk, with
the boots still perfectly in place. You can see from her blur of a
tail that she's enjoyed her walk in the boots. She doesn't limp anymore.
Bobby - Greyhound - Surrey - UK
Bobby has corns and has used our boots both to protect his paws,
and over bandages. Sue, his owner writes. Received the dog boots
today! Thank you so much for getting them here so quickly. We were
so fed up with plastic bags and bits of vetwrap! Bobby was very
happy wearing the large size boots over his bandages and managed
to walk up and down the road in relative comfort. The boots are
certainly waterproof as he managed to pee all over one of them with
no leaking onto the bandages at all. This afternoon he actually
decided to run about in the garden before I could calm him down.
Australian Shepherd - South Carolina - USA
Louise writes: "I received the boots yesterday. The boot fits
her foot very well and she seems to be accepting it without problem.
She lost a large portion of a pad on her left rear paw back in March.
The vet told me it would take months to heal. She has been wearing
a cotton sock that I tape around her ankle, so she was used to something
on the foot. The vet liked the idea of a cotton sock that was breathable
and the fact that she tolerated it.. The issue was the pad was not
making progress healing due to her licking the sock, which kept
the pad wet. I looked for something online and liked your boot best
out of all the different ones I researched.
I really like the leather on the boot pad and it appears to give
her much more comfort when walking. She has even started to run
in this boot and I do not notice a limp like I did with the sock.
I know this is giving her more protection and comfort as well as
keeping the wound dry. I am hoping that the pad begins to heal very
soon. I wish I'd had this months ago.
|Tilly - Bernese Mountain Dog - Berks - UK
|Her owner, Aileen, writes: Thought you might like to see Tilly wearing
No 5 which fits her at the moment. We live on a farm and what with
the torrential rain we have had recently I don't know how we would
have coped without these wonderful boots
Charlie - Springer Spaniel - Cheshire - UK
Bill writes: "Thanks for the dog boots, they arrived three
days after my order, they fitted fine (after your advice on size).
Today is the last day when Charlie, our Springer will have to wear
a boot, after a deep cut to his right pad. The boot has been great
for Charlie, providing much needed protection on his walks, during
the healing of the cut (he goes daft without his exercise!). In
the future they will always be carried with us and I'm sure the
boots will be very useful for Charlie, as regards protecting his
paws when the going gets tough on our adventures.
|Jen - Collie - Essex - UK
|Jen needed a boot to keep her bandage dry. Patti writes: The boots
fit perfectly and she has accepted them just fine thanks again - i
am going to mention them to my vet when she gets the dressing removed
on monday. Your boot has been an absolute godsend!
Lurcher - Somerset - UK
Her owner writes: The boots are absolutely great. They stay on
come what may and believe me the lurcher using them is VERY active!!
She lost a nail and the wound needed protection to allow healing
to progress. Thanks to the boot she has been wearing, the injury
has now cleared up and we are back to normal. Boots stowed away
in case they are needed again!!!!!!
|Dugald - Springer - Fife - SCOTLAND
|Col, his owner writes: They fit well and he doesn't mind having
it on at all. I must compliment you on their construction, Dugald
is a very active Springer and was shredding one of the "shop
bought" boots within one walk, but yours seem to be virtually
|Dougal - Bearded Collie - Sussex UK
|Lucy writes We recently bought a set of boots from you for our bearded
You kindly altered them for us so that we could get them on over his
thick coat. We've had snow here overnight, and this morning Dougal
got to play in his new 'dog suit' nicely finished off with his 'dog
boots'! We thought you might like to see your hard work being appreciated,
his feet stayed nice and dry and no snow balled in his pads
Ellie, Lurcher, UK
Ellie had bone grafts and implants to her front ankle joint and
was in a plaster cast for 2 months
We made a special boot for Ellie to cover her cast. Judith, her
owner reported :
The dog boots for Ellie arrived very quickly and one has been in
constant use since. She returned to the Queens Royal Veterinary
College, University of Cambridge today wearing her new boot! Everyone
was very impressed. There were several other Lurchers in a similar
situation there. I have to say it looks very neat and tidy and certainly
keeps the plaster cast in good condition.
The boots have been brilliant, the weather here has turned very
wet and I can take her out confident that the boot will stay in
place and keep her plastercast dry. To find a full length, neat
and waterproof boot was such a relief, not sure what we would have
done without one.
|Maxwell, Oxford, UK
Chrissy writes: We had a super walk round the Parks on Saturday
morning sporting new boots and initially he was a bit slow but realised
that they weren't going to go away and got used to them.
|Ebony - Giant Schnauzer - York - UK
John, Ebony's owner writes:
The dog boots fit perfectly and "Ebony" our elderly Giant
Schnauzer has taken to them with no problem at all.
Her sore foot has healed and she is running about again. I fit the
boots every time she goes out on hard or rough surfaces and they
her feet protected and clean.
They also have the added advantage of her being able to come in
from the cold without having to wait for her feet to dry on wet
|Kobe and Joey, British Columbia, Canada
Yuka's two dogs hate the wet, and the boots have made a real difference
|Maggie - Welsh Terrier, California USA
Maggie my welsh terrier responded with great joy at being able
to run and walk through woods and on terrain that for at least the
last 2 years she has not been able to comfortably travel through.
She was barking and running back and forth!! This has been a real
|Mia - Rottweiler/Terrier/Shepard - New Mexico, USA
The boots did arrive and they are wonderful! They stay on during
our girls' most active times! Thank you so much for such a quality
|Abby, Springer, Yate UK
Abby has suffered badly from arthritis in her feet. Gill, her owner,
describes their experience of using our regular boots
Abby, being the surgery dog has no problem with anything that you
do to her or put on her. as a puppy I used to put bandages on her
legs then we'd play, a preparation for any injuries in her life
and would not be at all bothered by it. Just as well. I certainly
did not envisage this one, (needing boots for the rest of her life)
So it DID all pay off. The boots arrived and within minutes they
were on her feet. THEN I read the fitting instructions. Ok got that
right, lets go. She bounces when she walks. Her behavior is ridiculously
happy to the point of much mischief ( I actually threaten to take
them off now if she doesn't behave) She has boundless energy again!!
and I am just not used to having my springer back.... I have cried
with happiness for her. Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou. I am still trying
to get my head around that your boots have saved this miserable
dog back to her real self and that she can be 8yrs old again. I
am putting the boots through their paces and they are all that you
say they are. Abby stands for them to be put on and pushes her hind
leg back like a ballerina for me to pull them up and fit the straps.
Quite something. Straight away they go on for 12hours a day. she
cannot be without this support. unable to walk on anything other
than carpet.. couldn't get up the stairs.. occasionally her back
end would just topple over.. Jumping into the car was a thing of
the past too. ALL of these things she does now with great gust (in
for the first week she was on her pain killers and boots but for
this week I am using the BOOTS ONLY to get a true evaluation of
the percentage of support that your boots do for her, again on day
3 only I am impressed and amazed. I will have all my info together
by the end of the week. I shall probably need to help her with pain
killers but as It looks at the moment it could be half dose. Wow,
this is incredible considering the degree of arthritic toes that
In October 2004 we received an update on Abby:
It was around February of this year that I first ordered a pair
of the boots for Abby and it was early days that I was assessing
their ability, whether we were able to keep Abby mobile without
any pain killers. Well we have been wearing them now for 8 months
from 8am in the morning until bedtime, thankyou we do not use any
pain killers for her and she leads an active life with them on.
With Abby being SO dependant on the boots for her rumatoid arthritis
in her back feet we have encountered No problems at all. No sweating
or sores between the pads, which was a concern of mine. She will
insist on leaping into any water for swims. so a dry pair is always
on hand wherever we go or I will be carrying her and the thought
of 18.50kg of silly springer in my arms is not a thought that I
Abby has had a few health problems this year as I previously wrote
to you ( the parallised face) due to dodging the cat and slamming
into a wall. Well with an MRI scan booked, we then went downhill
with a condition called immune mediated thrombocytopenia, her immune
system destroys her platelets. she was very weak and had had a mild
bleeding into the gastrointestinal tract, which can be fatal. She
is responding well to treatment but has been a long patient hawl,
throughout it all even at deaths door YES, she still had her boots
on, people are getting used to the idea that they are a permanant
fixture, Her toes continue to deteriorate but all is well with your
|Labrador Cross, Cheshire, UK
They are great, the best for fit and staying on (which is a difficult
thing especially on a young active dog). I am very happy with them.
The bigger size is just right to go over his dressing which is still
needed, theese pads take forever to heal. We seem to be making good
progress with the wound and I am hopefull that come Monday when
we go for a check up that we will be able to be bandage free so
I will be usig the smaller size to give a little protection for
a while longer.
|Budvar - German Short-Haired Pointer - Tyne and Wear, UK
Sam, Budvar's owners writes: Budvar's paws have healed up now but
we still have the boots just in case. They are rather worn now but
still come in useful from time to time for both dogs if they have
a knock or scrape to there feet
|Lizzie, Pluto and Bugsy, Shelties, Devon UK
Gill's problem with her dogs related to prickly plants!
Currently having problems as dogs very slow when there is gorse
on the ground. Takes ages to get anywhere because they are avoiding
the gorse so not keeping up
Gill is using our regular boots for all her dogs, and you can see
pictures of them on
|Labrador, Cambridge, UK
I followed your instructions and put one boot on at a time then
playing a game which was just what was needed, I think he only tried
once or twice to chew them off and then he forgot all about them,
he still walks a bit funny in them, but he'll soon get used to them
I'm sure - he doesn't get sore paws when he's out anymore and he
runs across our large gravel drive as if it were grass now - no
more limping slowly across it - which is just great.
|Sasha - Border Collie - Carmarthenshire, Wales
Sasha recovered completely after using our boots for a while -
and at great speeds too.
|Jordan - USA
|Harriet writes: Jordan and I thank you. The boots are all that you
said, and more. How refreshing to use a product that actually lives
up to its advertising.
|Joanna - Mandy's owner writes: Yesterday, I took Mandy (who is wearing
the boot) and Chloe up a trail to the top of a nearby hill and forested
area. She had never been able to go there before, because it is a
very rocky trail and her paw would have been too torn up. So your
boot is helping her to enjoy "life as a dog" so much more.
|Willow, Doberman, USA
|John writes:. These were purchased for my daughter who found them
to be very satisfactory. She and her doberman, Willow, traveled extensively
in California and Mexico into areas where thorns and cactus needles
were a serious problem. Boots did their job perfectly and still have
considerable wear left.
|Candy - Arizona, USA
The boots do work fine. I failed to bring the boots on a backpack
trip and regetted it. Then we went for a 12 mile bicycle trek in
the desert. I brought the boots along but did not put then on until
the half-way point when I noticed a couple small cuts on one of
Candy's front pads. I put the boots on and she took off like a new
dog. She was so excited to have foot protection that she raced back
and forth across the dirt trail. I finally had to command her to
settle and slow down when she crossed in front and I ran into her.
She had so much fun and finished the ride strong.
I love the dog boots. They work great at the beach in the hot sand,
and for those cold wet morning walks. I have recommended them to
|Tubby - Greyhound - Ohio, USA
|The boots were a God send for Tubbys paw. He wore them for about
7 months while his paw healed. At first, he didn't want to wear them,
then he started to hold his paws out to have them put on. Glad to
report that the wound has healed. We also used the vitamin E capsules
as was suggested. If I hadn't found Pro-Active, I don't believe his
paw would have healed. The next step was to have his toe amputated.
|Mollie - Wales
|The boots have been great, Mollie wasn't keen at first, but after
a short while she was back to her normal nutty self, It has made a
major difference to her mountain walks, she can now walk up and down
Snowdon without any problems of sore paws which have plagued her in
the past (unlike her owners who puff and pant the whole way up and
down) The only time we nearly lost a shoes was when she went swimming
in one of the many rivers that she so loves!! Thanks again for a great
|Christine Smith - Owner of Tubby - Naperville, Illinois, USA
|Christine writes: "The boots help keep Tubby's feet clean and
dry while she is outside. The small size fit her perfectly and my
carpets don't have little paw-prints on them anymore!"e
|Border Collie - Worcestershire, UK
We found your dog boots perfect for the recovery of our very active
border collie's cut paw. She ran over some broken glass and had
a deep laceration of the main pad and damage to the tendon. She
refused to walk on four legs unless he had her boot on until it
was mended. This took several weeks and she was able to enjoy a
holiday in the Lake District during this time.
|William Ruffin - Pensylvania, USA
Bill writes regarding the boots purchased for his dog:
The big thing is the fit and stability. It is so great to see him
running flat out again ... with out a flipper on one foot. I swear,
his mood has changed. He was acting more like an eight year old
dog than one two and a half. Back to having the seven-oclock sillies.
For about an hour in the early eveninig ... he goes crazy. Slides
across the floor ... bounces off walls .. throws his toys up in
the air. Great to see that again.
Obviously, this little guy means a lot to us.Thanks for all you
did to help. I've told the breeder about you, and I hope she'll
spread the word.
|Christine Smith - Owner of DeeDee Japanese Chin/Chihauhau- Naperville,
Deedee is a very small dog and there have been problems with her
freezing her feet to the deck of Christine's house. We worked for
some time with Christine to get a boot that was small enough!
|Christine writes: "The final design was perfect. It takes a
little work at first to make sure all her toes and toe nails are together
when I slip the boot on. After that, it fits very well and is very
suitable for walking around outside. These boots allow potty breaks
to be taken with ease. Without these shoes my dog could, and has,
frozen her feet to the deck outside my back door."
Ellis - Owner of Poppy - Teeside, UK
The dog boots that you sent me are fantastic!!!! As well as protecting
my dog, I no longer have to worry about where she's running or what
she's running over. The more people know about these dog boots the
better, in my opinion.
Christine Rogers - Florida USA - Has rottweillers, german shepherd,
shar pei, belgian malinois
Here is Christine's very enjoyable and amusing email about her
early experiences with our boots.
We went to the dogs' training class today, and the trainer put
the boots on Tyson, my youngest Rottweiller. (I tried at home on
two others and they walked liked storks and looked so tortured and
then the boots fell off, so I thought I probably did not put them
Everyone in the whole building came to see Tyson with his boots
on. They worked perfectly! He walked like a stork for just 2 minutes
and then started walking normally. He wore them for a whole hour.
Everyone was ooing and aahing and Tyson was just eating up all of
the attention. He was so proud of himself!
The trainer only put the boots on Tyson but said the dogs need to
start wearing the boots everyday for a while to get used to them.
He said to do our practice obedience with the boots on and give
them lots of treats while we are practicing so they associate pleasure
with the boots. He also said to cut down on their food so they do
not get fat from the treats. This way there will be less stress
when we start the cart training because they will already be used
to the boots.
So we did our first practice tonight. My oldest and alpha dog went
first and he acted like he had worn boots all of his life. I was
so proud of him! Normally no one can touch his feet at all because
of his arthritis. He usually will bite you if you touch his paws
but he was no problem at all, I was amazed! He will be 12 years
old in February.
Then Rocky, my champion dog, was second, and he was all nervous
but by the end of his turn he was walking fine. Then Tyson was next
and he acted like a real pro and like it was nothing. He was so
smug about it!
Meanwhile my Shar-Pei, Ginseng, was watching all of this very carefully.
This was a big deal because each dog laid down while I put the boots
on each foot, then we would do our obedience, and then the dog would
lay down while I took the boots off and put them on the next dog.
So when her turn came, she was not nervous at all but she walked
I took her next door to our neighbor to show her off. We laughed
and laughed and told her what a good dog she was! Of course, she
felt so special because she was the only dog that got to go outside
and by the time we came back in she was walking normally.
Then my husband came home and it was Foxy's turn, my Belgian Malinois.
Foxy is very excitable and runs around and around and barks. We
had her lay down and I put the boots on. She just laid there. She
played "dead dog". My husband was amazed and said we should
leave the boots on her all of the time! He never saw her stay in
one place so long! He never saw her so quiet!
Of course she looked totally put out and sooo longsuffering. I took
pity on her when I stopped laughing and encouraged her up and we
started to heel. Her front legs splayed out from under her but she
got back up but her back leg didn't seem to work. It wouldn't touch
the ground. She kept pawing with it like a bull getting ready to
charge except it was her back leg instead of the front.
We kept on walking and finally the back leg hit the ground however
she would not eat any treats. She was sooo tortured! She was sooo
pitiful! (She was not smart like Ginseng, she had disappeared when
the other dogs were doing their training.)
But she got into the swing of things with Rocky's help. He could
tell she needed help so he escorted us and sat when she was supposed
to sit and laid down when she was to lay down, etc., so she could
remember what she was supposed to do. Since she wouldn't eat any
treats, I gave her extra hugs and kisses instead. When she was done,
we told her what a good dog she was and spent an extra half hour
petting her and telling her how good she did. You could tell she
was still put out. I can't wait until tomorrow's session!?
We suggested just using one boot for Foxy and letting her get
used to them one at a time
In the continuing saga....... Foxy was still acting tortured whenever
we put the boots on. She would just lay there until we pulled her
leash and then would grudgingly do her obedience work. She was not
the happy, intense, bouncy dog that she normally is.
She wouldn't eat the treats, the hugs & kisses were ok but she
still acted put upon. So last night I took her upstairs after obedience
with the boots still on. I got her ball and acted like everything
was normal and sat down. Immediately she she sit up on the bed and
gave me her paw ignoring the boots completely.
I shook her paw (part of our ball ritual) and then threw the ball
out the door and down the hall. She leapt off the bed, landed on
the carpet, ran into the tiled hall, got the ball, turned around
and came running back and jumped on the bed and sat down with the
ball in her mouth and lifted her paw.
I shook her paw, threw the ball hard this time and it went rolling
down the hall and down the stairs. She went chasing after it down
the tiled stairs, got the ball and came running back and jumped
back on the bed.
Needless to say, we did this for 45 minutes. She forgot all about
the boots or else they didn't matter when it came to fetching her
ball. I guess I just had to find the right motivation!
Later, Christine writes
In the continuing saga of the boots, Ginseng and Foxy got into
a fight over a pig ear and Ginseng's upper leg under her shoulder
got all torn up. We had to take her to the vet and get stitches.
The vet said to put a tee-shirt on her to keep her from licking
the bandage off, but it didn't work. She still licked the bandage
off and then licked and pulled the stitches. We had to take her
back to the vet to get everything replaced.
Well fortunately, we had the boots! I put a sock over her leg and
then the boot. It works! She doesn't lick there anymore. She thinks
she can't but she really could because the boot doesn't go quite
so high on her leg. She wears the boot all the time now and struts
around like she is so priveleged! No one else gets to wear a boot
all of the time!
In January 2002 Christine writes
My two Rotties are now "Certified Pet Therapists" by
the Humane Society. They had to go through extensive testing and
part of the test was if they scratch people when they shake paws.
We put on the boots and got a jump on that part of the test! Now
Rocky and Tyson visit hospitals, nursing homes, and adult day care
centers wearing the boots! This not only protects the people that
the dogs meet but also protects the dogs from picking up any bacteria
and then licking their paws. It is a win, win situation for all!
One of the facilitators asked where I got the boots and I gave him
your new website. He wants to order a set for his grandmother's
golden retriever because the dog is always scratching his grandmother
|Elsie Graham Owner of Arnie - Tyne and Wear, UK
Arnie has a fungal infection that dogs can get from fields. He's
had all his claws pulled, but they're starting to grow back. He
has to have his feet dressed and is wearing the boots over his dressings.
|Clive Gare - Border Collie Owner, Colchester, Essex, UK
Clive's dog had to wear a splint after breaking her paw.
Clive writes: "The awaited boots arrived on Wednesday and
were greeted with much excitement. They fitted like a glove(!) and
we experienced none of the problems (like rotation) mentioned in
The performance of the boots was excellent in the long, wet grass
of our first gentle walk and kept the foot beautifully dry. The
'breathability' of the fabric prevented any sweated internal moisture
and kept the foot in perfect condition.
|Freckles - English Setter - Cornwall, UK
Mrs. Husband, Freckles owner says: 'I am so impressed with the
dog boots. Freckles has worn them in all conditions, snow, rain,
mud and her paw has stayed completely dry'.
Note from Pro-Active Paws. Freckles is using our dog boots with
waterproof seam tape.
|Blackie - Black Labrador - Tyne and Wear, UK
|You can see here how Blackie happily plays with his boot on and
uses his foot totally naturally. Being black, it doesn't show up as
well as on the lighter dogs!
- Owner of a Lurcher and a Greyhound - London UK
|Jules says "Both
the dog boots fit fine. The injured dog walked with no problem wearing
one boot. Went for worming tablets on the way to the park and the
vet commented on 'nice footwear'! Went to Hyde Park where the foot
stayed dry and the boot on, despite squirrel chasing!"
|TAWNY - German
Shepherd - Hants, UK
owner, Noreen says: "Tawny cut his paw badly just recently and
the dog boot was great. It kept his cut clean from all the mud in
the area and Tawny did not seem bothered by the boot at all, in fact
he seemed to forget he was wearing it."
Labrador Retriever - Canada
herself off a bank about 20 feet high, but never made the water, and
broke both her front legs.
owner Dee said that the boots worked well and had saved her a fortune
Miniature Poodle - Australia
owner, Brian, writes: "the boot still allows the dog to do normal
things like run and play"
Bullmastiff x Ridgeback - Victoria, Australia
Robyn writes: "I have been using the boots of a night to
stop him endlessly licking one paw and the boot has been brilliant.
It has stayed on and must be comfortable as he made only a couple
of attempts to remove it and then sighed and gave up. It was particularly
good when he cut his paw and was an enormous help in getting the
cut to heal so quickly.
I have tried
many different things to stop Zuri licking his paws, they were
always removed in no time flat. This is the only thing that stays
on of a night!
quick and easy to put on and the velcro strips are easy to put
on and remove."
Pro-Active Paws: Some dogs that are unattended for a long time
may succeed in removing their boots, if so we recommend that they
wear a light muzzle.