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5 Reasons to Purchase Dog Booties for Summer

A Burnese Mountain Dog standing outside in the grass, wearing black and neon coloured dog boots with it's tongue hanging out of it's mouth.

Dog shoes aren’t only designed for protection against snow and ice during the winter months. Not only are they a fun way to show of your dog’s personality, but they also play an important role in protecting their paws. Check out these 5 reasons why you should invest in dog booties for summer travel!

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Your dog’s paw pads play an important role in providing balance, stability, and traction.

This means that any injury would not only bring unnecessary pain and discomfort, but it could also impact their overall mobility.

This is why, as pet parents, it is so important to take steps to protect our dogs whenever possible.

While dog boots are not a new concept, many dog owners only consider purchasing boots during the winter months for protection from ice and snow.

However, there are many different styles and varieties of dog boots and shoes on the market.

Related: ‘10 Tips for Your Dog’s First Camping Trip

At first glance, summer dog shoes may look like something that a fun fashion statement, designed to go with the cute t-shirts and hair bows worn by the more stylish pups.

Today, we’re going to take a look at how those cute little booties may actually serve a more practical purpose.

I’m going to break down 5 different summer-specific purposes for dog booties and what you should consider when choosing the best dog booties for your dog this season.

5 Reasons Why You Should Purchase Dog Booties for Summer Adventures

Hot Asphalt and Pavement

As the warmer weather hits, many dog owners are excited about getting out and moving with their best friend. However, even a casual stroll around the block could lead to discomfort or even injury due to the temperature of the pavement that you’re walking on.

Roads and sidewalks absorb the sun’s heat, increasing their temperatures beyond that of the air that surrounds us.

For this reason, on a day when the air temperature is just 25C (the perfect weather to get out and enjoy the fresh air), the asphalt temperature will be significantly higher, at approximately 52C.   

This can cause blisters or burns on your pup’s paws, which is incredibly painful. Furthermore, it can also contribute to a higher body temperature, increasing your dog’s risk of suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

A lightweight and breathable pair of summer dog shoes with a durable rubber sole will protect your dog’s sensitive paws from injury.

Beach Sand

If you’ve ever taken your sandals off at the beach only to discover that the sand is uncomfortably hot under your feet, then you can guess why this has made the list!

Just as the hot asphalt can lead to pain and discomfort for your dog, so too can the beach sand on your trip to the dog beach.

There are a variety of different options available for beach outings depending on how your dog likes to enjoy their beach time.

Mesh dog beach shoes (designed like a human water shoe) will provide optimal protection for your dog’s paws. However, they can be challenging to clean after your beach trip.

Dog Sandals are an open-toed option, making them easier to clean while still protecting your dog’s paw pads effectively.

Pool Time

Have you ever considered bringing your dog into the backyard swimming pool for a dip on a hot day only to worry about the pool liner?

A rubberized or waterproof pair of dog shoes is the perfect solution!

These boots are designed for use in the water, protecting your dog’s feet coming and going from the pool while also preventing their nails from tearing at the liner or popping your favourite pool lounger.

Related: ‘9 Warning Signs of Heat Exhaustion in Dogs

Water Sports

Another great way to get out and enjoy the summer weather is to enjoy water sports such as paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, and boating.

These are all activities that your pup can enjoy with you, with the right training and gear.

In addition to a dog life jacket (which is a must when you’re out on the water), a pair of waterproof dog shoes will protect your dog against sharp rocks when getting in and out of the water.

They will also work to keep your gear safe, alleviating concerns that your dog’s nails may cause irreparable damage. This is a barrier for many dog owners considering bringing their dogs along on their summer adventures!

In fact, my husband and I are currently looking at purchasing inflatable kayaks for use this summer. Properly outfitted, we know that our pups can join us safely.

Hiking Trails and Exploration

Whether you’re hitting a marked hiking trail, searching for your latest geocache or exploring crownland on the search for an ideal camping spot, summer dog shoes will allow your dog to enjoy the adventure safely.

Hiking boots for dogs need to be durable, like your own hiking boots.

These will protect your dog’s paws against sharp objects and hot surfaces. They will also provide added protection if you are trying to make your way across slick or slippery areas, including mud puddles and wet rocks.

How to Choose the Best Summer Dog Shoes for Your Pup

Throughout this post, I mentioned a variety of different types of dog booties for summer including beach shoes, sandals, waterproof boots, and standard lightweight dog shoes.

However, there are a few factors to consider regardless of the style of boot.

When shopping for summer dog shoes, you want to look at the following:  

  • Quality/Durability
  • Breathability
  • Strength of the straps/closure
  • Traction
  • Weight for long-term wear
  • Ease of use (putting on/taking off)
  • Water-resistance (optional)

Additionally, you want to take the time to carefully measure and fit your dog for their new shoes. Look closely at the sizing chart used by the brand and the recommended measurements for each size.

If your dog has dew claws, you will also want to consider the height of the boot to avoid irritation.

Taking the time to properly fit your dog’s new boots will not only ensure that they stay on comfortably, but also prevent unnecessary irritation and discomfort when walking.  

A Burnese Mountain Dog standing outside in the grass, wearing black and neon-coloured dog boots with its tongue hanging out of its mouth. Text announces 5 reasons to buy summer dog shoes for your dog.

Does your pup wear dog booties for summer travel? If so, which activities do you use them for most often?

Feel free to share tips, tricks, and recommendations in the comments section!

About Author

Britt is a digital/social media marketer and the owner of The Social Alternative. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending her time with her ‘pack’ which includes her husband John, their 2 dogs Daviana and Indiana and their 2 cats Pippen and Jinx. A proud pet mom, she shares all her pet-related tips, tricks and funny pet antics on Shed Happens.

38 Comments

  • Ruth Epstein
    April 9, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    Great post but when really hot I take Layla out in her back pack and only let her walk on the lawn in the park, she also has a cooling vest to keep her cool while we are out. Booties would never work as it is hard enough with a raincoat so would have to fight with her if there was something on her feet LOL

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    • Britt
      April 9, 2021 at 9:39 pm

      That’s a great option for a smaller dog. That being said, could you imagine me trying to carry Daviana outside while we made our way to the local park? Lol! I’m lucky that, over time, she has become much more comfortable with wearing booties!

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  • Marjorie at Dash Kitten
    April 9, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    I remember visiting Blogpaws in 2016 Phoenix AZ I think it was and people had dog boots there. I did not realise just how HOT the pavements got. People walked their dogs at 5 am. (aaagghh!!)

    These boots are such a brilliant idea.

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    • Britt
      April 10, 2021 at 11:34 am

      A lot of people don’t realize just how hot the pavement can be. That’s why it’s important to talk about it. One test that many veterinarians and dog trainers recommend is to place your hand upside down on the surface and see if the road or sidewalk is too hot for you. If it is, it’s also too hot for your dog!

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  • Kelly Martin
    April 10, 2021 at 12:37 am

    Dog booties are so cute. I thought they were only for winter but it makes sense to use them in summer too, especially when the roads and footpaths are hot.

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    • Britt
      April 10, 2021 at 11:31 am

      We use them most often when we’re hitting the waterways. We love canoeing with our pups, but there are sharp rocks, zebra muscles, etc. My husband and I always make sure to wear our water shoes to protect our own feet and it’s no different for the pups.

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  • Danelle St. Clair
    April 10, 2021 at 1:43 am

    I have a few different sets for my dog but she can’t keep them on! I will have to check out the tall ones you have on the pup in the picture! I didn’t realize there were so many different types and styles. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Britt
      April 10, 2021 at 11:30 am

      You may have to explore some different options in terms of how they fasten. Velcro straps vs hook and eye vs draw string to find one that will work well for your dog. The velcro strap style works so well for our girl Daviana, but it’s not nearly as successful on our boy Indy.

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      • Shyla
        April 20, 2021 at 6:51 am

        Really cool idea and something I am sure many pet owners don’t consider. It is really thoughtful and sweet to make sure your pet is comfortable at all times. Something like this is so simple and yet helpful to our animals. Thanks for sharing your advice. Would love to have a canine pal and I for sure would buy it little booties to wear lol.

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        • Britt
          April 20, 2021 at 4:29 pm

          Our pups have a couple of different pairs of socks and boots at this point, each designed for a different purpose. Higher-quality boots may be a bit of an investment but knowing that they are safe and protected is well worth it!

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  • Tiffany
    April 10, 2021 at 11:10 am

    I will have to try out the dog sandals! We have yet to find a pair that stays on one of our dog’s feet after trying several brands and sizes. Fingers crossed sandals will be the ones to work!

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    • Britt
      April 10, 2021 at 11:28 am

      We have tried a few different sets and only a select few stay one. That being said, it’s all about finding the right style and fit for your dog as well as helping them to get used to them (so that they aren’t trying to take them off lol). Indy still fights us a bit on them from time to time but Dav girl is super comfortable about her socks and shoes now at this point.

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  • Kat
    April 10, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    Good point, I never thought about these issues, although I did know that walking on hot asphalt can be really painful for dogs. Summer booties seem like a simple solution to this issue. They would probably be very useful here in England as well, as we have very rocky beaches in some areas.

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    • Britt
      April 11, 2021 at 11:36 am

      We’re lucky to have a lot of sandy pet-friendly beaches nearby, however, it’s a concern when we’re getting our dogs in and out of the canoe. That’s probably our biggest use given what we do regularly for fun with our pups!

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  • Morgan Paxton
    April 10, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    Wow, I never even realized there was so many reasons to use dog booties for summer! I always considered them more of a winter or cold weather option. It makes a lot of sense to protect pup’s paws from hot asphalt and pavement and using them to protect your pool liners is even more brilliant! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas and I will definitely be considering purchasing our dog some booties for this summer!

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    • Britt
      April 11, 2021 at 11:33 am

      The biggest use for us has been water use – when we take them swimming in rocky areas or canoeing/kayaking. Especially in Ontario with all the zebra muscles that could tear up their paw pads.

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  • Jana Rade
    April 10, 2021 at 6:30 pm

    My dog would be extremely unimpressed with booties regardless of the season. She thinks she’s done hard by just by having to wear protective wrist wraps.

    As for myself, I shy away from the idea because I worry about proprioception. That said, though. for some dogs, booties would be the lesser of the evil.

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    • Britt
      April 11, 2021 at 11:32 am

      It’s definitely something that a dog has to get used to in order to be comfortable with. Our boy Indy isn’t all that impressed by them and only wears them in very specific situations (like canoeing/kayaking). Dav girl, however, wears them quite often now for different reasons – whether it’s boots when she’s out or socks indoors for traction on our hardwood floors (which is our whole house).

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  • Cathy Armato
    April 11, 2021 at 11:56 am

    You are so right about dog shoes being really helpful in Summer as well as Winter. You brought out such great points, the sand and pavement are always of concern for us, it’s amazing how Hot beach sand can get ! We only take the dogs to the beach in the morning or very late in the day because of that. They would be great for boating too, I hadn’t thought about how paw nails could rip boat upholstery or scratch the boat itself. How cool that you’re buying an inflatable kayak, I didn’t know they had inflatable ones! Someone’s gonna have an awesome Summer!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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    • Britt
      April 12, 2021 at 7:48 am

      We head out camping in our SUV, which isn’t a ton of extra space for gear when you’re also packing 2 large dogs in the vehicle too. We love canoeing and kayaking, but bringing standard hardshell kayaks just isn’t feasible. However, there has been a lot of buzz about inflatable kayaks and that is something we could fit into the space we have available!

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  • Michelle & The Paw Pack
    April 11, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    Great post! I tried boots with my boys before but just didn’t have much luck with them. I tried quite a few brands, some that were highly recommended and not cheap, but we never found the ‘perfect’ boots for us. My dogs don’t mind wearing them, but I felt like either they just didn’t stay on very well, or they irritated their paws. Luckily we’ve since moved out of the city so hot asphalt isn’t so much of an issue for us anymore. We mostly hike in the woods, and on days when it’s too hot to do that comfortably we stick to the grass in our yard.

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    • Britt
      April 12, 2021 at 7:46 am

      There is definitely some trial and error in finding that right pair, isn’t there? We went through a few different brands before we found the best ‘water shoe’ style boots for our pups when we’re canoeing. Here in Ontario, zebra muscles are a big concern in our waterways and they can really tear a dog’s paw pads up if they aren’t protected.

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  • Sophie Harriet
    April 12, 2021 at 5:58 am

    These boots sound like an absolute must for protecting dogs’ paws from hot surfaces in the summer. I’m surprised I don’t see more dogs wearing booties – I hope they will become more widespread as more dog owners find out about the benefits! x

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    • Britt
      April 12, 2021 at 7:43 am

      I think that’s the key – sharing the benefits vs just seeing them as a fashion accessory.

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  • Lynn
    April 12, 2021 at 10:26 am

    Aw, what a great post! I don’t have a dog but my in-laws recently got one and he is the cutest puppy! I’ll have to recommend/gift them some booties as they go out with their dog often now. Thanks for sharing x

    Lynn | https://www.lynnmumbingmejia.com

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    • Britt
      April 14, 2021 at 1:25 pm

      They would make a GREAT gift for dog owners! I know that I would love to receive something like that when I first brought my pup home.

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  • Luna S
    April 12, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    I live in Arizona, and the summer is brutal here the side walks and even the dirt in the yard gets so hot you can practically cook on it. I always get so mad when I see people with pooches out on the pavement/asphalt without booties on! My husband rescued a kitten once he found on a job site, it’s paw pads had practically been melted off due to the hot concreate outside. We ended up taking it to a rescues as at the time we couldn’t afford the $700+ vet bill for a small stray kitten as much as I would have loved to keep him.

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    • Britt
      April 14, 2021 at 1:24 pm

      I have actually stopped dog owners in the past to have a conversation about it. I think, in many cases, they just need to be educated on the matter. Many new dog owners honestly don’t stop to consider the heat and still view booties as being solely for the winter months or as a fashion accessory. Hopefully, by spreading the word, we can help to make more dog owners aware of the risks.

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  • Sonia Seivwright
    April 12, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    Wow, these are so cute. They made me giggle a little. However, I agree with you. Dogs needs booties for summer to protect their feet.

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    • Britt
      April 14, 2021 at 1:22 pm

      Don’t get me wrong, I think that it’s adorable every time I put them on my dogs lol They may not be solely a fashion statement, but they are still fun!

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  • Doris Jean
    April 12, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    To be honest, I always thought of dog boots as a fashion statement. But from reading your post, I gather it truly helps to protect their feet. I would think that booties should almost be a “must-have” after reading all of the benefits.

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    • Britt
      April 14, 2021 at 1:21 pm

      That’s a really common misconception. While some boots are still a fashion statement (for example, I came across a pair of blinged-up boots that likely wouldn’t have even stood up to regular use), the majority serve an important purpose.

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  • Beth
    April 12, 2021 at 6:18 pm

    I never considered boots for the summer, but it makes a lot of sense in the circumstances you listed.

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    • Britt
      April 14, 2021 at 12:55 pm

      We really got into using summer boots when we started taking our dogs out on the water more. Here in Ontario, there are a lot of zebra muscles in many of our waterways. They are super sharp and can tear up their paw pads in the blink of an eye.

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  • Erica (The Prepping Wife)
    April 13, 2021 at 6:49 am

    I knew about the asphalt and how hot it can be, but I hadn’t given much thought to the sand at the beach. I see so many people taking their dogs for a walk on the beach in the summer too. When I do adopt a dog, getting booties will definitely be a high priority for me to keep them safe and happy.

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    • Britt
      April 14, 2021 at 12:55 pm

      They are definitely an investment for the high-quality options, but they last years if they are cared for properly. Dav girl has had the same summer boots since she was approximately 2 years old.

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  • Rosie Ireland
    April 15, 2021 at 7:04 am

    How cute is this!? I totally see the point in them though, I used to work in a pub with a sun soaked garden and the poor dogs used to limp in and out with their sore feet!

    Rosie

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    • Britt
      April 15, 2021 at 9:50 am

      They are definitely cute. I love that we can protect our dogs in a way that’s also adorable – it’s the best of both worlds! As long as they are of the quality needed to keep our dogs safe, why not have a little fun with it?

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