Ruffwear Grip Trex:
Grip Trex dog boots set the standard in paw wear for dogs who hike, bike, run, or explore the great outdoors with their humans.
My husband ordered these boots from the Ruffwear 6-8 months ago for our 2 year old German Shepherd Zoey. We decided to try these out because she was having some serious issues with her paws losing hair, scabbing and being red and raw after just an hour or so of running around in the yard, dog park or after walks. We later came to find out that our pup is allergic to GRASS (yes grass! How does that even happen?!) but before we knew we ordered these guys in hopes that they would hep with her sore and sensitive feet.
The first time we put them on her was a sight to see! She didn’t like them very much and was walking pretty awkwardly. When we would take her out on walks she would either stop or just walk really slow and let out a random kick every now and then lol. She wasn’t used to them and they were probably pretty uncomfortable since this was the first time she’d ever worn shoes before. Once she got used to them walking in was a breeze! With the help of a powder medication from her vet her feet started to get better drastically, within a matter of weeks we could see improvements!
The first few weeks being that the shoes were brand new, Zoey got blisters, specifically blisters near her 1st digit also known as the dewclaw. For some reason the shoe just kept rubbing up against the dewclaws and causing really bad blisters and bleeding. We figured this was normal because the same thing happens with people when they wear new shoes. You have to break them in for a few weeks before they’re comfortable. That’s exactly what we did but because Zoey’s feet were already so sensitive we gave her breaks from wearing her shoes so as not to aggravate the skin on her paws anymore than it was.
Overall these shoes are pretty good. On a scale from 1-5, 5 being the best and 1 being the worst I would give these shoes a 4. The only reason why I wouldn’t give them an all out 5 was because they were causing her to get blisters which may or may not be due to the fact that she already has extremely sensitive feet. The other reason being that the shoes tend to move around when she’s been walking in them for a period of time. The bottom portion of the shoe will gradually rotate and if allowed will eventually end up on the top side of the foot. So you have to be careful to monitor the shoe and be sure to avoid this as it will be very uncomfortable for your dog. You should also make sure that when you secure the boots that you secure them as tightly as possible so they can’t move around. And by tight I mean circulation-cutting tight. I was honestly a little concerned about how tight we had the boots on her but that’s the only way we managed to keep them from rotating. Whether or not it was uncomfortable we have no idea.
Unfortunately we discontinued using them because of Zoey’s extremely sensitive feet. We’re waiting on our boot liners (socks) so we can hopefully reduce the formation of blisters when she wears her shoes. If all goes well she can go back to wearing her shoes whenever we go to the park and hopefully when we start hiking!