You know very well that some good dog boots will work wonders for your four-legged companion in times of need. Whether it is to protect your dog’s feet against the cold, or from rough terrain, peppered with sharp edges, you need to make sure that the boots you buy for your dog are a good fit. Just like humans, dogs do not have the same shoe size, so you will have to take some measurements before making or purchasing some boots that will not fit.
Trim the dog’s nails before measuring
The first thing to do is to make sure that your dog’s nails are well trimmed. If you take the measurements while the dog has overgrown nails, that will not help with an accurate measurement. Gather all the necessary tools to measure the dog’s feet right away. You will need some blank paper, a tape measure, and a pencil to draw the contour of the dog’s paw.
Making your dog stay put for measurements
An accurate measurement of your dog’s paw can only result from having the dog put all its weight on the paw that is being measured. The toes will spread, behaving as they should when the dog walks typically without any footwear. If you find it difficult to make the dog rest its weight on the measured paw, lift gently the other. That will cause the dog to move its weight onto the foot still on the ground.
For accurate results, you should place the paper on a flat surface and then the dog’s paw on top of it. This should do it, and you should be able to take the measurements, as you desire.
Draw the shape of the paw
To do that, grab the pencil and first draw some lines to delimitate the top, sides, and bottom of the paw. Make sure that the toenails are not left out, and mark the widest width of the paw. This will give you an estimate on the boot size you need for your dog.
Take the measurements
You can let the dog go its way, now that you have the lines drawn. It is time to measure the length of the paw from top to bottom, and then the width between the sides. These are the measurements you need for your dog’s boots.
Check the sizes available
If you want to purchase a pair of boots and not make them yourself, you should only have to check the measurements you took against the size charts available from different manufacturers. Pay attention to specific details like the boots that are made from various materials, because sizes may vary.
Have the dog try the boots on
You will not know for sure that your dog wears the right boots until you have it try them on. Do that while the dog is standing, so that the toes are well spread. Check the fastening on the shoes, to see if it keeps well. The last thing you want is your dog to struggle with boots that keep falling off.