Mouthful of Feathers recently, I saw this picture that got me thinking. Are there any dog boots out there that really truly work, or is there some magic secret bird hunting Zen for getting the damn things to stay attached? I think I've tried every manner of boot on the market and have yet to come up with a solution to keep the things from flying off into the wilderness as my dogs go racing through the fields. I'd love some comments from any of you that have found a solid solution, particular brand, of if they simply have to be super glued to their feet.
I've had more than one trainer tell me not to boot my dogs at all, and frankly I've tried simply to avoid habitat where booting is necessary. Still, on my recent Prairie Chicken hunt, I felt the need to boot my dog just to make him more comfortable, not to mention make me feel better about the situation.. He ran into more than a few prickly pears and well ....darnit, I sure wouldn't want to step on those things without shoes on.
I've also had some real concerns about taping a dogs foot to keep boots on and how to properly do it. The one time I did, I was careful not to wrap the foot too tight, but apparently not careful enough. The foot swelled to a point that it looked pretty uncomfortable, even though the dog didn't display any noticeable discomfort.
If any of you have any pearls of wisdom you'd be willing to share, please let me know what experience you've had and what you find works best.