Introduction: 10 Minute Dog Boots

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Yes, my dog may hate the boots but when it gets colder than -20C she refuses to go outside. Her feet get cold and she will try to lift all of her feet at the same time, I find it to be quite sad.

These boots are made of fleece and have a nice grip pad on the bottom and more importantly no matter how much she plays in the snow they will not come off.

The fleece allows them to dry out quickly and the basic design allows for quick putting on and taking off.

All that said each boot takes less than 10 minutes to make. You will need to make 4 in most cases and they can go on any foot. Having made several of these due to wearing out I am able to make 4 in less than 10 minutes.

No dogs were harmed in this Instructable. She does seem to be embarrassed by having the boots on though...

NOTE(FEB15) Due to popular demand (Xena's) and Valentine's Day, I have made a set of booties out of pink fleece and those picture have been added to the steps... Enjoy...

Step 1: Materials and Tools

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1. You will need several feet of a suitable material, I used black fleece which sells locally for about $6 per meter.

2. I used 4 - 2 inch circles of suede that I had from a previous project. Any durable material will work from canvas to cloth backed vinyl, Just make sure that it will not be slippery in the snow and on the ice.

3. 4 - 6 inch (approx) strips of double sided Velcro. I have found that this offers the best retention of the boot.

You will also need a sewing machine capable of sewing light leather and Velcro. Only if you have chosen these materials. You may have to use canvas or denim of your machine cannot handle the materials.

Standard sewing scissors and heavy duty thread are also required.

A pencil and a regular sheet of paper are also needed.

Step 2: Create the Pattern

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It is best to have the boots fit your dogs feet snugly but not tightly. To do this you will have to trace one of yours dogs feet. The front foot is usually the easiest to trace.

After the trace is complete you will need to draw a rough outline which is greater than the size of the foot. This is shown in the third and forth pictures.

The total length of the boot is just short of the your dogs rear leg joint. In my dog's case that is about 6 inches.

The top part of the boot has a slight flare outward, this helps in putting the boot on your dog.

Using scissors you will now cut the pattern out from the full sheet.

Step 3: Prepare the Materials

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The pattern in only half of the boot, you will need to fold your material and place the pattern along the fold near the "toe" end of the boot ans shown in the first picture.

Carefully cat the pattern out of the material creating a "bow-tie" shape. You will need to do this for each boot that your dog needs. Mine needed 4.

You will need to create a wear pad for the bottom of the boot for both traction and boot life. The wear pad should be about the same size as the dog's foot, It can be larger but this is not necessary.

I used an old roll of electrical tape as a pattern to cut out the circles of suede material, Again I did this 4 times.

Lastly you will need to cut 4 pieces of the Velcro material that is a least 2 times the width if the narrow part of the pattern about 1 inch below the flare at the top.  Mine were about 6 inches in length. This is to fasten the boot.

The last picture is the layout before sewing.

Step 4: Sew the Boots

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First you will need to sew the wear pad in the foot area of the boot material as shown. A straight stitch around the perimeter of the material is sufficient, you may stitch across the wear pad if you dog has a huge foot, this will prevent slipping. The placement will be below your dogs foot pads when the boot is on.

You will now need to attach the boot strap in the narrow portion of the boot material above the wear pad. This will place place the strap in the narrowest part of your dogs leg. I like to make a box area with the straight stitch with at least one diagonal. Neither I nor my dog has ever ripped one off.

Now you will need to tightly roll the Velcro strap up to take it out of the way for final seam sewing.

Fold the material over at the toe edge so that the wear pad and boot strap are on the inside.

Sew along one edge from the toe fold to the top of the flare. I use a straight stitch no more than 1/4 of an inch in from the edge. Again neither I nor my dog has ever ripped open on e of these seams. At the flare run your machine in reverse about 1/2 to 1 inch to lock the edge.

Cut the thread and flip the boot around and sew the other seam in the same manner.

Repeat this for the other boots needed.

Step 5: Enjoy the Warmth

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Push the toe fold out of the top flare to make the boots right side out.

Your dog's feet should easily slip into the boot. As mention before any boot can go on any foot...

The Velcro strap is wrapped snugly around the taper in the boot. Do not tighten too much or it will be uncomfortable for your dog. She (or he) will let you know by chewing on the strap if they are too tight.

Most dogs do not take to boots right away and prolonged high stepping is common. Try not to laugh as your dog will know and will take to hating the boots permanently.

The cold should no longer prevent the dog from walking and playing in the snow....


Daniel_Bell (author)2016-02-02

totally understand and empathize with your strife with all the dog shoes /
boots That are on the market.

have also tried sooo many brands and gave up last year but my baby girl cannot
walk On the salt or in the cold at all more than 10 steps so I was forced to
continue the search.

I think I found exactly what we need, we’ve been using them for a month now and
both my Bella and I could not be happier. The brand is Neo-Paws and the quality
and their Velcro system is amazing.

went from 10 steps to 10 blocks again on all our walks and we are both thrilled
and grateful To not be locked up all winter as so many little doggies and their
humans are ;(

website is
and they have a lot of other cool and warm things to buy.

LeahB53 (author)Daniel_Bell2017-01-08

Excellent suggestion. I am trying neopaws before I attempt a DIY project. I had seen this brand on other sites; however, their site has their entire line and I found something that will work. Thanks!

HollyHarken (author)2016-02-14

Thanks! Perfect timing! I need to make some boots for an old dog who keeps slipping on the slick floors. I think these will help her stand up while she's eating. Lately she's ended up with all 4 legs splayed out while she's eating. I have to pick her up when she's done. Living with an old dog sure is a challenge, but one that I'm up for!!

Chivo69 (author)HollyHarken2016-02-14

I just put a towel down for my dog while eating I'm not good with sowing mechines

Cynnanails (author)Chivo692016-03-28

I bought a small bathroom rug that sits in front of their dish, and they'll sit there while eating. A lot easier than putting boots on her, and probably comfier on her old bones.

CementTruck (author)2016-03-02

Very nice!

I've had a similar idea and have been looking for old, torn, worn out wetsuits (neoprene) so I could make a couple of sets for my dogs. I wanted to use leather pads for the bottoms and cut holes out for their toenails.

thundrepance (author)2016-02-15

ha-ha! ☻ she looks as though she wants to take one off & paw-slap you!

HeidiSN (author)2016-02-15

These are so wonderful! And your doggy is beautiful in her pink boots! Thank you for the instructions - they are great!

crnrstndes (author)2016-02-14

My wife made a set for our Golden Retriever and she looks just as embarrassed as your pup when she wears them but anything under -10C and she only gets a half a block without them! My wife made a pair with the whole bottom out of thin leather. The rest were made of fleece. We also used water seal on the leather. Thanks for the post!!

cwert (author)2016-02-14

Use fleece or Flannel instead of felt, the boots will last so much longer.
Felt is essentially a flatten jumble of fiber,

jpridgen1 (author)2016-02-14

Great idea! My dog would bite me if I tried to put them on her.

Bill WW (author)2016-02-14

We visited our daughter in NYC a few weeks ago after their big snow storm. I noticed many dogs with boots - later I learned it was to keep the salt, which had been used for de-icing, off their feet. The dogs would have licked the salt off bare paws, which makes them sick.

dave.vaness.79 (author)2016-02-14

In Arizona people make dog booties for the summer. It get to over 115 degree.

weeniewawa (author)2016-02-14

thanks for this, My dogs were having trouble with the snow and I think it was their nails were trimmed too soon to the beginning of when they would be in it but I am not sure. I bought some boots at a chain pet store and had no luck at all. They may have been too big. I will try making these. I made a video of their experiences. as you can see, they don't like boots.

ClaireA9 made it! (author)2016-01-09

Rocket is sporting his Star Wars non-slip booties. Took me way more than 10 minutes. But I could probably make them again much quicker.

TARDIS1228 (author)2015-12-12

Do these work for wet grass and mud?

The fleece would allow too much moisture through, if you used a durable nylon type material or something with a dense weave you could oil it or coat it with a pet friendly waterproofing agent to keep the paws clean and dry. I used cordura 1000 for a set.

sronicker (author)2015-11-30

I didn't make them exactly like you did, but more or less! It was a few years ago and that dog has since passed on, but he LOVED these booties, and if I ever move back to that climate (one with snow), I'll make them again!

ko'dell1 (author)2015-11-17

I live in Ak and right now we are going down below -20 our dog is a Boston and needs to wear booties this is a wonderful indestructible and so well written and easy to follow. Our dog has a warm puffy coat she will not wear no matter what but loves fleece coats and shirts. Thank you again. My dog will need 4 too. ;)

Random_Canadian (author)ko'dell12015-11-19

It makes me smile that I was able to help somedog in need. Never laugh at a pet, they know far more than we an comprehend. We get -40 here and the boots came as a staple, she may be gone but will always remain as part of my winter.

nightdance (author)2015-09-04

These would even be great in the summer to deal with hot sidewalks. Wonderfully easy. Thanks!

FranciaV (author)2015-08-02


buttonw (author)2015-06-28

I made these to keep my dog's paw bandage clean after surgery. Having the leather on the bottom really helped keep it clean for those trips outside. Thanks.

Random_Canadian (author)buttonw2015-06-29

As always... Happy to be of assistance. Hope your pup heals quick and cleanly.

KatelynnB1 (author)2015-02-20

what fabrics aren't slippery on ice as I need to make some for my pit mix as she cut her toe nail stepping on a piece of ice

sorry for the extreme late reply. I like suede leather for this particular problem but any rough texture should work including scotchbrite and copper scouring pads.

KatelynnB1 (author)2015-02-20

what fabrics aren't slippery on ice as I need to make some for my pit mix as she cut her toe nail stepping on a piece of ice

Any material with texture should work fine. The suede seems to grip the best... I sincerely hope your pit is healing from the injury!

KatelynnB1 (author)2015-02-20

what fabrics aren't slippery on ice as I need to make some for my pit mix as she cut her toe nail stepping on a piece of ice

mrsdanielspratling (author)2015-02-09

Awesome. It doesn't get too cold here but our chihuahua hates going outside if the grass is wet or cold. Thanks for the instructions. Life saver. <3

Thanks. It make me happy that your dog is happy.

bondogmom (author)2015-01-07

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this Instructable! Today, it is so cold here in Indiana that my dogs could not walk outside without lifting their feet in pain. I am going to make these boots right now!

bondogmom (author)2015-01-07

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this Instructable! Today, it is so cold here in Indiana that my dogs could not walk outside without lifting their feet in pain. I am going to make these boots right now!

buttonw made it! (author)2014-12-09

Prior to Bob's foot surgery, I made this bootie in 2 sizes to accommodate a bandage. This has worked out so much better than wrapping an elastic bandage around his foot. It breathes, yet the leather pad on the bottom is somewhat water-proof, durable and non-skid. Also, I suspect its not as stinky to a dog's nose as the athletic wrap. As usual "Invisa-Bob" is hard to see well due to his black fur. The bootie on the front left paw is blue tartan fleece. I used a 2-sided velcro cable wrap from the hardware store which to my surprise, my Brother machine powered through to attached to the bootie. Thank you for the clear instructions for a superior foot bandage.

HenryH (author)2010-02-04

Thanks for the excellent instructable. The detail is great and it conveys the impression that you enjoyed making the booties as well as making the instructable.

I especially enjoyed your deliberate spelling mistake in Step 3.  A lovely touch.

It's a pity that your lab is black, though, as a contrasting coloured dog would have shown the black booties off to greater effect. ;-)

Here, in Melbourne Australia, we do not really have snow but my spoodle has suffered from grass seeds in his paws and these booties will be just the thing to protect him from this in the future, when he goes out romping in the bush.

Random_Canadian (author)HenryH2010-02-04

It must come from having 3 running around the house.

I will be featuring something for them shortly...

The dog refuses to wear anything but black, must be a Goth phase...

If you make the boots in two sections, the bottom one of a light leather or deer skin and the top from an athletic mesh you will have the equivalent of a work glove for dogs. That may offer more protection...

HenryH (author)Random_Canadian2010-02-04

Thanks for the suggestion about modifying the instructable.  That sounds even better for my purpose.

I trust that Xena hasn't gone to the extent  of demanding piercings as part of the Goth phase.

Random_Canadian (author)HenryH2010-02-04

Good luck..

She was wanting black lipstick but I had to point out that she does not have any lips...

HenryH (author)Random_Canadian2010-02-04

Don't dogs have lips?  I would have thought that they were black without the lippy.

sheilawee1 (author)HenryH2014-11-26

yes! dogs do have lips. i have this beautiful Cha weenie and he has the most kissable human looking Lil' pink lips. i L <# VE 'em LOL they are soooo cute. even my teenage grandson made a comment about the human lips on "Rowdy Rude Rudy RuRu" mostly rudy, Ruru is for getting him all riled up

grizman (author)2011-05-01

i like it but is it a need for a dog to have boots??? My dog is a Labrador and i dont give her any boots an she has no problem sleeping outside in -17 Celsius i just give her some hay and thats all

wildfirepro (author)grizman2014-11-10

I agree that is abuse- can you go out in sweats and tshirt and sleep in that temp laying on hay???? That is just wrong Poor dog she is going to freeze to death and that has to be miserable and painful for her

You abuse your dog if you are still keeping her outside in below zero weather- sleeping outside in any weather overnight is wrong as dogs are pack animals- they need to be with you- they need family. Hopefully you have your act together by now. READ Information! There is no excuse for lonely or cold dogs!! If you're illiterate then there are also educational programs - but find someone to care for your animals in the process.

Well, are you freezing in -17 Celsius? You are undoubtedly thinking that because your dog has fur, he stays warm. But a Lab has short fur and dogs that can stand or are bred for that kind of cold are all Husky or Malamute type dogs. Their fur is a totally different matter, with several layers of different types of hair for insulation. And remember, the bottom of a dog's foot is hairless and exposed. Your dog (I hope), is an indoor dog mostly and therefore has no way to build up tolerance to that kind of cold like wolves do. In that kind of weather, your dog needs a coat or heavy sweater and definitely boots if he's out for any length of time to avoid ice and snow becoming impacted between his toes and pads which is very painful for them. Please reconsider. I'll admit that dogs acclimate to the outside easier than we do...but really, that is extreme!

Kauna2116 (author)grizman2014-01-02

I think you should take your dog inside

kiwi16877 (author)grizman2012-01-16

Well, she's probably freezing!

doctor_barbie (author)grizman2011-07-28

I think it's more for the snow than the cold. I have a Golden Retriever mix and he has super sensitive paws (we try not to tease him too much) The snow causes the skin around his toes to turn pink and itchy and it really seems to bother him, so I made him some booties to keep his paws from being irritated. Of course we're stuck in 100 degree heat right now, so they won't be tested out for a while.

VeganEthan (author)2014-09-27

This is great! My dog won't go outside in bad weather either, which isn't great because I can't really afford puppy pads and she has horrible aim anyway.

I have tried a few types of dog booties but my dog hates them and gets them off easily. She has a weird foot and body structure due to her breed mix, pug/beagle/shepherd. I tried baby socks with rubber bottoms but though they stayed on fine and didn't slip off, she pulled them off easily.

I think I may alter the design a bit by using fleece or soft remnants as a liner, then maybe canvas as an outside. There is a good instructable of using candle wax to waterproof canvas shoes. I might add the vinyl( I have remnants) to the bottom, but I'm not sure if that would lower my dog's tolerance for them.

kelly.p.strom (author)2014-08-11

Does anyone know if the dogs will wear these on hot asphalt as well?

savaaha (author)kelly.p.strom2014-08-23

I made a pair from denim and am going to try them for that purpose with my Catahoula. He has pink pads and is very sensitive to the hot ground.

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