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What to Do If Your Pet Does Not Want to Get Their Feet Wet

by Lori Genstein, I've Got the 'Scoop'!, LLC on January 5, 2014

in Pet Health, Pet Sitting, Pets, The Pet Care Biz

Meet BEAUFORD… a beautiful Maine Coon kitty for whom I provide care.   BEAUFORD absolutely loves to go outside and enjoy fresh air and nature; however, he does not like to get his feet wet!!!


Meet LEILA… a gorgeous Border Collie mix I also am so fortunate to work with.   LEILA loves her walks, doesn’t mind the cold weather, but does NOT want her feet wet, either!!!


Aside from your beloved pet not having the opportunity to enjoy their favorite everyday activity, the inability to go for a walk may compromise a pet’s health and cause behavioral changes.

Lack of exercise may cause weight gain, stiffness, mobility issues, irregularity and/or inability to poop, just to name a few.

Metabolic changes may gravely affect pets taking medication when their level of activity decreases.

Behavioral changes may develop due to stress from built-up, excessive energy and change in routine.

So what does a pet parent do?  A few modalities I’ve used as alternatives to maintaining a pet’s engagement in exercise:

  • Treadmills in extreme heat and cold weather
  • Indoor games and activities
  • Mental stimulation – 10 minutes of mental stimulation is equivalent to 30 minutes of physical activity!
  • Food- and treat-release toys and games
  • And if your furry baby will not go out to do their business, I recommend a set of booties.       SIMON BOOTIES

Not just any booties, but properly-fitted booties… comfortable, soft,  flexible, and, if possible, WATERPROOF booties!!!  Imagine getting a new pair of shoes, and wearing them in inclement weather… you want to be comfortable and dry!

My preference is booties with Velcro and a zipper, but, at minimum, a Velcro strap, so they may be adjusted.  (So long as the noise from the Velcro will not cause anxiety for your pet!)

Some things to consider before putting booties on your pet:

  • It is important nails are trimmed.
  • Select the correct size to avoid circulation and movement being restricted if they are too small, or causing your pet to trip if they are too large.
  • Proper introduction to booties is paramount if your pet is not accustomed to wearing anything on their feet and/or they have sensitivities to their paws being touched.
  • If your pet suffers with noise phobias, do a test with the sound by unfastening Velcro (on another item) to see if there is a reaction.  If your furry baby is uncomfortable with the sound,  choose a style absent of Velcro.

Above is SIMON’… the love of my life, was wearing booties to protect his feet from getting splinters while relaxing on our deck. Another reason for a pet to wear booties is to protect their paws from toxic rock salt and harmful ice melt.  Some booties, depending on the material, may also protect paws from the heat in the increased temperatures.

Please let me know if you need assistance choosing the appropriate booties for your furry baby or need help working with your beloved pet so they feel comfortable putting them on.

CAUTION:  BOOTIES WILL NOT PREVENT SLIPPING… some have a traction tread, but ice is ice!!!

Helping to keep beloved furry babies healthy and safe… and pet parents informed!


I’ve Got the ‘Scoop’!, LLC –  Palmyra, NJ



{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

4M Toys January 12, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Hello there! This is my first visit to your blog!
We are a team of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche.
Your blog provided us valuable information to work on.
You have done a wonderful job!


Lori Genstein, I've Got the 'Scoop'!, LLC January 27, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Hi, 4M Toys!!!

Thank you so much for your comment!! I am so happy you have found what I’ve posted to be helpful… I hope you continue to find the information I share beneficial!!

Do you volunteer hands-on with animals; do you provide resources for pet parents? I would love to hear what your team does.

Volunteers are the most special people in the world!!!!!! : )



Dhruv Bhagat January 26, 2014 at 3:53 am

In this chilly weather, its not about humans who want to get wet but also pets.. I got the boots for my little pug and he is happy now!!

You have shared incredible points such as trimming the nails, accurate size benefits and noise disturbing element..

Though, I think I need to trim my pug’s nails soon.. Though, he is just 6 months old right now.. Will have a look if its grown or not..

Thank you so much 🙂


Lori January 27, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Hi, Dhruv!

Thank you for your comment… I am so glad you found the information to be helpful!!! Please feel free to add any additional tips you have to share. : )

What is your pug’s name? Your puppy pug must look so cute wearing his booties!!!

Keeping pets’ nails trimmed is very important… a few reasons:

1. Pets’ nails may curl as they get longer, and actually grow into the pads of
their feet. Ouch!

2. If the nails are too long, they may begin to split or break, and that can be
extremely painful, especially if the nail gets caught on carpet, their
blanket, etc., it can tear off. Double Ouch!!

3. Proper stance… the toes will spread apart if the nails are too long,
leaving a pet more susceptible for particles to get caught in between, such
as pebbles, glass, dirt, etc.

4. The blood supply in a pet’s nail is called the quick… as you cut the nails,
the quick recedes. If left uncut, the quick grows further down, making it
very difficult to cut the nails; you’ll only be able to clip a very small
amount at a time, as the quick slowly recedes, and will need to clip more
often to encourage that process.

Have his nails ever been cut? With some pets, it’s actually not necessary, because they wear them down naturally from walking and running… but, typically, a pet will need them done regularly, despite their age.

I cannot stress enough… the sooner you begin, the more accustomed they will become in allowing you to do it, and making it a regular part of your routine.

Thanks again for your feedback! Lori


Zubi Majeed January 27, 2014 at 8:46 am

Since it is so cold even the pets don’t want to get their feet wet. It is always recommended to buy socks for your adorable dog or cat to protect them from this chilled weather.


Lori Genstein, I've Got the 'Scoop'!, LLC January 27, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Hi Zubi!

Thanks for your comment. You are correct… it’s also a great way to protect pets’ feet from the harsh and toxic rock salt and ice melts being used in this snowy weather most of us are enduring. Booties may also protect pets’ feet from the heat of asphalt during high temps in the warm-climate regions, and higher temps.

Glad you stopped by to read my blog post and shared your thoughts : )


http://tonichilds.tumblr.com April 19, 2014 at 10:22 pm

You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter
to be actually something that I think I would never understand.
It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me.

I am looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!


Lori Genstein, I've Got the 'Scoop'!, LLC April 20, 2014 at 12:43 am

Hi! Thanks for writing! I have been told that before… and, it actually is easy for me, and it could be for you, too!

Please tell me what it is you do not understand, and I’ll be happy to try and help : )

Lori (My next post is going to be about dog parks… some recommendations to help prevent your furry baby from getting any diseases or illness.)


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