9 January 2016

Guest Post; Product Review Review: Howling Dog Alaska Protector Booties

Howling Dog Alaska Protector Booties

Snow is here! That means walks outside are about to get a little different! You keep yourself warm and comfy with your jacket, boots, and mitts, but what about your dog?

Recently we tested out a set of Protector dog booties from Howling Dog Alaska.

First Impressions

At first look the boot is made of a very well constructed nylon shell with a rubberized bottom. The boot also features a soft cuff that goes around the dog’s leg at the top of the boot. The Velcro strap used to hold the boot on the dog’s paw is longer than most dog boots on the market. This is to ensure that the strap reaches all the way around the ankle to secure tightly on the paw.

The cuff around the top of the boot is designed to keep snow out of the boots (just like a cuff on a pair of mittens). While the cuff does a great job at keeping the snow out of the boots for light walks, or runs on packed down snow or trails, it has a hard time keeping snow out when the dog is jumping and running though deep piles of snow.

The flexible, soft construction of the boot lets the boot move with the dogs paw as she runs down the trail, or walking path. This, along with the rubberized bottom allows the dogs to maintain traction on the snow.

The verdict?

After many adventures over the past few months with these boots I am glad to say that Davidson and I are very happy! Her paws were warm, dry, and comfortable allowing her to enjoy the adventures just as much as I was. Protecting her not only from the snow, but also sharp objects or sticks. The boots also did a great job at keeping dirt out of cuts from previous injuries on her paws.

These boots are affordable ($30 from Oxford Dogs Gear), comfortable, and well constructed. Allowing you, and your dog to get out, feel good, and have some fun!

  • Sarah Davidson is the Dog Sports Girl. You can catch her and Davidson at the WildDogsshows.  Look for more of Sarah's review right here! Sarah was compensated for this review .  She did receive one free pair of Howling Dog Protector Booties to test.

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Line out is the most important behavior a pulling dog can do.    The most important.   A solid Line Out will keep your dog from being tangled in the lines.  A solid Line Out will keep you from running the dog over on a downward section of the trail.  A solid Line Out will ensure that you can start without whiplash to your or your canine pal.   After reading our blog post on Line Out, a reader from PEI, worked it with her own dog, Nes.   We love to see what you are doing with your dogs!   We also kinda have a major crush on Nes!  What a happy dog!  Look at this awesome team work "Line Out!   Click here to see Nes's "Line Out" video

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Stephanie H. is a 3rd year vet student in PEI, originally from the (warmer) United States. When not studying, she enjoys teaching silly tricks to her dog, hiking, and skiing. Nes is a Belgian Malinois and retired police K-9 who Stephanie adopted in 2014 after his retirement. He is looking forward to his 13th birthday in early February, when his mom will throw him a doggy birthday party and buy him his favorite food - Little Caesar's Deep Dish pizza!