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Best Dog Boots Review – Ultra Paws Rugged

Ultra Paws dog boot, in black.

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Before I became a dog mom, I had no idea about the benefits of dog boots. I thought that dog boots were just something fancy that dog owners bought for their dogs to dress them up with. But now that I am a dog mom, I truly get the purpose of what a good dog boot offers. I have discovered what I think are the best dog boots out there. Ultra Paws Rugged!

Before we get to the product review of Ultra Paws Rugged, I would like to talk about the benefits of dog boots.


Why Does Your Dog Need Boots? The Benefits:

Dog Boots will benefit your dog especially in the winter time, when the sidewalks are covered in ice and salt. You do not want your dogs sensitive paws exposed to the freezing ice and the harsh winter chemicals. The harsh chemicals will cause your dog to lift his paw in pain, because of the burning sensation. Sharp ice can cause cuts and scrapes on your dogs paws. Dog Boots will offer a barrier of protection from the harsh chemicals and temperatures.

If you have a long-haired dog, especially a sporting breed like the Golden Retriever that also has webbed paws, you will find that when your dog walks in deep snow he will get snowballs and ice balls forming between his paw pads. The snow sticks to the hair and melts from the body heat and forms ice balls that grow larger, stretching your dog’s toes apart. This is painful for your dog, and causes your dog to constantly stop and chew or lick at his paws trying to get the ice balls off. Dog Boots protect your dog from the snow and ice balls, and will allow your dog to walk comfortably.

Dog Boots are not only beneficial for the winter, but for the summer as well. Walking your dog in the hot summer months on a scorching hot sidewalk is not ideal. Your dog’s sensitive paws will get burned! If you live in the city, then trying to find a cooler place to walk is sometimes not easy, this is where Dog Boots come in handy, they will protect your dog’s sensitive paws from the burning hot asphalt.

Dogs that run or walk through rugged terrain will often get cracked paw pads, cuts, and or scrapes. When your dog wears dog boots, he will be able to run all through the rugged terrain pain free.

How To Measure Your Dog For Boots

  1. Start by measuring your dog’s front paw, this will ensure a comfortable fitting boot.
  2. Have your dog stand on a blank piece of paper.
  3. Take a pencil and mark the width of the paw, (the left and right side).
  4. Measure the distance between the 2 marks.
  5. Compare the width of the paw to the boot sizing, the paw width should be smaller than the boot size.

Ultra Paws Rugged Dog Boots come in 4 Sizes:

Small – 2 1/4″ (5.7cm)

Medium – 2 3/4″ (7cm)

Large – 3 1/4″ (8.3cm)

XLarge – 4″ (10.2cm)


The Features Of Ultra Paws Rugged

  • These boots are designed for active hard charging dogs, who tend to run/walk on rugged terrain.
  • They have an extra thick sole made from recycled tire. It is flexible, skid resistant, and durable.
  • This boot is suitable for tough conditions, and is an ideal boot for hunting dogs, urban settings on asphalt or concrete, and for winter protection from the snow and harsh chemicals.
  • These boots are easy to put on, and hard to slip off.
  • Come in 4 sizes, based on width of paw.
  • 3 Colors to choose from, Black, Red, and Orange.
  • The boots have side seams that open wide, making it easy to put them on.
  • 2 Velcro straps on each boot with slides to fasten them, and foam cushioning at the closure to protect the dog’s foot when tightened. The foam helps to create a secure grip, ensuring the boots stay on.
  • Made from tough, water resistant 1000 denier nylon material, with the top of the toe wrapped.
  • The sole of the boot is made to perform in wet and dry, hot and cold, and tough rugged conditions.
  • Can be washed in cold water, either by hand or in the machine on a delicate cycle.
  • To extend the life of the boots, it is recommended to apply Shoe Goo to patch any holes in the sole that may appear with wear. You can pre-apply Shoe Goo, as some hunters do when they are in extreme conditions.

My Review Of Ultra Paws Rugged Dog Boots

I have a 3-year-old Golden Retriever (Ellie), and the winter time is tough on her paws. I needed to find a solution to her lifting her paws while walking on the icy sidewalks that are covered in harsh salt, and also the snowballs that get built up between her toes which have caused her to stop and chew at them every five minutes!

Ultra Paws Rugged Dog Boots are actually the second pair of dog boots that I have tried. The first pair I bought were Muttluks, which are expensive. The Muttluks were hard to get on, and when they were on Ellie she kept chewing at them and managed to pull them off. She did not like them at all! I returned them to the store, and did my research for dog boots that are easy to put on. That’s when I discovered Ultra Paws Rugged.

I was mainly looking for a dog boot that was easy to put on and hard to get off. Ultra Paws dog boots open up and go on your dogs paws so easily, and the 2 Velcro straps on the top make them tight and keep them from falling off.

The first walk with Ultra Paws Rugged dog boots was amazing! To get her used to the boots we just walked around our neighborhood. Ellie walked like normal, by that I mean no funny dog boots walk. If you have ever seen a dog walking in boots for the first time you know what I mean. It was like she wasn’t wearing boots at all, she was able to run, and best of all her feet were warm, they were protected from the ice and salt, and no snowballs. I was impressed! They also stayed on.

After an impressive first walk with the boots, Ellie and I did our usual trail walk. Ellie likes to run around and sniff things, and chase squirrels, she got into some deep snow and I noticed that she was stopping and licking at one of her boots. One of the boots managed to get some snow build up in it, and this was bugging her. I took the boot off, and emptied out the snow, and put it back on her and tightened it. She seemed fine after that.

I noticed some wear and tear on a couple of the boots after maybe 4 walks. There were some tiny holes on the front of the soles. I was not very impressed, as I thought these boots were supposed to be made for rugged terrain, after all they are called Ultra Paws Rugged! I contacted Ultra Paws, and explained my situation, and how the boots were only used 4 times, and I sent them pictures. They responded to me and they sent me a new pair of boots. I was happy, and can honestly say that Ultra Paws is a great company that stands behind their products.

I will definitely be applying the Shoe Goo to patch the holes on the old boots, and then I will be pre-applying the Shoe Goo to the new ones as a precaution.

My Likes And Dislikes of Ultra Paws Rugged


  • The boots open wide, making them easy to put on. (only one person needed to put them on, and no struggling with your dog to get them on)
  • They actually stay on! 2 Velcro straps at the top, keep them tight.
  • The foam cushion at the closure keeps your dog’s foot cushioned and ensures a secure grip.
  • My dog was able to walk and run in them comfortably.
  • Protection from the ice and salt. (no lifting of paws)
  • Prevented snow and ice balls from forming, kept dog’s feet warm and dry.
  • My dog had good traction on the ice and snow.
  • They can easily be washed.
  • Ultra Paws stands behind their products.


  • The boots are short, and can get snow build-up when walking in deep snow.
  • There was wear and tear after just 4 walks.
  • Have to buy a separate product (Shoe Goo), to extend the life of the boots.


Final Thoughts On Why Ultra Paws Rugged Are The Best Dog Boots

Overall, I do have to say that Ultra Paws Rugged are still the best boots out there in my opinion. I like that they are so easy to put on and my dog feels like she is not wearing boots at all. My experience with them has pointed out that there are some negatives about them, such as the wear and tear after just 4 walks. I believe that this could have been prevented if I had applied the Shoe Goo to them in the beginning. If you are just walking your dog on the sidewalk in your neighborhood, then you will not have an issue. My dog likes to go into deep snow, and that caused the snow build up inside the boots, however I was able to take them off and get the snow out and re-tighten them on her, and she was fine. In my opinion the pros of these boots far outweigh the cons, and I will continue to walk my dog in these boots as long as she is happy with them.

My experience with these dog boots has only been in the winter time, but they are also designed for all year round. They are specially made for hunting dogs who go through rugged terrain. My advice is to pre-apply the Shoe Goo to keep the boots in great condition.

Do you have any experience with Ultra Paws Rugged Dog Boots? Please leave me a comment, I would love to hear your story. Thanks.




About Jenny

I am the proud owner of a Golden Retriever named Ellie. She keeps me busy, and when she is resting, you can find me working on my blog. She is always close by though. I live in Peterborough, ON Canada with my husband, and we both enjoy the never a dull moment life with our Ellie.
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8 thoughts on “Best Dog Boots Review – Ultra Paws Rugged

  1. Jenny,

    I am a dog mom to three dogs I live in a state in USA where we do get snow and ice.  I had never thought of this until I found your website, I used to put old socks on my dogs when it was super bad out LOL.  My dogs are inside spoiled brats so they do not like rain, snow, ice, or cold weather or even summer when it gets too hot out.

    I will be checking these out for my three for this winter for sure, and yes the funny boot walk they do is great one of my females walks on front paws only when you put anything on her back paws so you can imagine.

    Thank you so much and since my dogs are not rough terrain do you still think I should use the Shoo Goo?


    1. Hi Susan, thank you for your comment.  The idea of putting old socks on your dog’s paws is good, better than nothing.  However, in the winter the socks could end up sticking to the snow and then form snow clumps on the bottoms, causing your dog to walk on snow balls.  Dog boots are the solution, and since you mention that you do not walk on rough terrain, you may not need the additional use of Shoe Goo.  Another option for you is to try the Pawz Dog Boots, I highly recommend them as well, they are like a rubber balloon that easily goes on your dog’s paws and stays put.  You can read my review of Pawz Boots here.

  2. Jenny,

    Being a dog father, this was super helpful. I have a little frenchie named Bruce Wayne. I never really thought about the dog boots until recently. I live in the midwest and with the weather changing – frost, snow then thawing…it gets a little messy. So when I let the Bruce out his paws get caked in mud. My wife or I spend like 20 minutes cleaning them off before we let him inside. 

    This is a great review on the dog boots. It is a brilliant idea for dog owners. Thank you for the great review!



    1. Hi Nic, thank you for commenting.  First of all, I love the name of your dog Bruce Wayne, and I am glad you enjoyed my review.  I can totally relate to messy paws, and spending time cleaning your dog’s paws before letting him inside.  With dog boots, that problem is solved, you just put the boots on your dog, and take them off before coming inside.  Your dog’s paws are clean.  

  3. Very informative, I never realized the benefits of the boots. Just as you said, I thought they were just a dress up fad.

    I have a dog in south Florida the sand can get very hot and you can tell it hurts for him to be on it too long. Do you think the boots would be good in those conditions also?


    1. Hi Jim, dog boots have so many benefits.  Absolutely, these boots can offer protection from the burning hot sand. The Ultra Paws Rugged Boots, are great, but perhaps you might find the Pawz Boots more suitable for your dog when walking in the hot sand.  I did a review on them also, and I highly recommend them.  You can read my review of Pawz Boots here.

  4. Wow,  this is excellent and  put together well. I have never thought of a dog boot.  With your review,  I’m confident that the dog boot is not only good for the winter,  it’s also good for summer.  It improves the overall walking condition of your dog and saves you a lot, from what I am seeing.  I think the Ultra paws rugged is the perfect match for the job in both winter and summer. 

    1. Thank you for commenting.  So many people don’t realize that when the weather conditions are harsh, either too hot or too cold, their dog needs protection on their paws.  Dog boots are not just a fashion choice, they offer your dog protection from the elements.  

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