… for boots! Dog boots!
Ray, no doubt like most (if not all) dogs, does not like wearing boots. Very understandable if you see it from his perspective. He has a perfectly good set of paws, each equipped with useful claws. Why would any dog want those features wrapped up in bags?
Sadly, our society insists on fighting nature at every opportunity. Our weapon of choice at this time of year is salt crystals or brine liquid and/or other chemicals. Much as Ray does not like wearing boots, he is also not too receptive to salt crystals getting stuck between his pads, or to the burning sensation of salt.
He can be a very smart dog at times, but he has yet to equate wearing boots with a trouble free (more or less) walk. Like so many other negative experiences for Ray, the area of wearing boots has been addressed with treats but, in the case of boots, really… really good treats!
“I hope nobody I know sees me wearing these!”
Dog boots come in various styles. We have tried a few, and the most common problem was that while they protected his feet from salt and other irritants, they offered little if any traction. The ones in the photograph are virtually mini-balloons… but he can run in them without sliding all over the place and (we believe) there is some consolation to him in that he can feel the surface under his paws!
It’s a tough time of year for a dog living with humans in an urban environment, but at least its another opportunity for any enterprising dog to “work the treat program”. Ray certainly knows all about that!