If you’ve got a lovable and super cute dog who happens to have a bad habit of scratching up your floors or getting a case of cold paws in the winter, what you need is a good set of dog socks.
But how do you choose the best dog socks for your pet? It really depends on your needs. First, let’s look at what dog socks are designed to do. Then, we’ll talk about how to use them and finally, we’ll give you brief reviews of what we believe to be the best products on the market right now.
|Dog Socks||Quality||Our Rating|
|RC Pet Products Pawks Dog Socks||B+|
|Colorfulhouse Nonslip Outdoor Dog Socks||B+|
|Grippers Non Slip Dog Socks||B|
|Canine Footwear Suspenders Snuggy Boots||B|
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Below you’ll find in-depth reviews of each of the above products.
Yes, we know it sounds a little silly. And it can look a little silly. And some households can get away without every using them. But for some, dog socks are an essential. Here are some of the reasons that people choose to get socks for their furry friend:
If your dog seems to do a lot of power slides across your sleek floors and straight into the fridge or trash can, you can save it the inconvenience of crash landing into everything by putting on socks with grip on the bottom.
The trick with dog socks is finding the right balance between a snug fit that will stay on but not so tight that it is constricting and uncomfortable. It’s the same trouble we have when sock and shoe shopping for ourselves. Only, with dogs, it’s a little harder to get feedback.
To make matters more difficult, each manufacturer has their own sizing. So don’t assume sizes. Measure your dog’s paw by pressing it against the floor until it spreads out as far as it can spread. Measure the width of his paw while spread. Get a sock that fits this size.
If you have a calm, obedient dog, putting the sock on is as easy as sitting it down and pulling the sock over his paw. A more energetic and stubborn dog will struggle during this process and probably try to pull the sock off.
If they keep pulling them off, put them back on. You’ll have to go through this routine for a while until your dog becomes used to wearing the socks. So have some patience and give it time.
Here are our top 4 favorite picks:
We find these to be the most adorable options on the list. If you want to keep your dog’s paws safe without sacrificing style, this is the way to go.
They are also soft, comfortable, and provide some anti-slip texture on the bottom. They are meant for indoor use, though, so they are not waterproof and not durable enough to be used outside.
For an outdoor option, these are a great option. But they are also light duty enough to be worn indoors as well. They have waterproof bottoms and traction on the bottom.
These are probably the most heavy duty options while still counting as socks. They are made of soft rubber with a waterproof coating so that they provide great traction and are able to be worn outdoors. So they are great for handling slippery indoor surfaces or tough outdoor terrain. And the soft rubber makes them more flexible and comfortable for your dog.
However, for those in colder climates, the rubber is not well suited to ice or snow so if you need a good durable sock with traction that can handle ice, look for something more durable, like a full, heavy duty boot.
This brand offers a creative solution to a dog that just will not keep his socks on. They have added a set of suspenders just like someone would use to hold up their pants. But these attach to the socks.
They are detachable so that you can use them with any dog socks you have. You’ll still have some challenges here with an especially stubborn dog but it works for most dogs and it’s adjustable to fit many sizes of dog.