Your New Hunnyboots have arrived!
Congratulations! This page is especially for new Hunnyboots owners, which means your boots are either on the way or have arrived already!
You may have ordered a mixed set of boots from front to back. The sizes are stamped on the bottom of the sole for easy identification. Check to make sure you're putting the right size on. L stands for large not left.
Fitting the boots
It's likely your sighthound has never worn boots before, so this bit might be totally foreign to both of you. Don't worry, in no time at all you'll be shoeing him like a champion. It takes about 30 seconds to put all four boots on Hunny.
This is the process we recommend:
Put your sighthound's lead on, and take him to the door as if you're going to take him for a walk.
Kneel beside him with all four boots unzipped and ready to put on.
With a gentle push, lean and hold your sighthound away from you so he is bearing weight on his furthest front foot. This will help you lift his closest front foot off the ground with your other hand and relative ease.
Once you're holding his foot up with his pads in the palm of your hand, ease the boot on using your index finger under his nails to get his foot all the way to the front of the boot.
Make sure the zip protector is covering his fur and zip the boot up.
Finally, firmly fasten the velcro strap ensuring is is underneath his dew claw.
Repeat the same process for the remaining three feet.
Removing the boots is simple. Undo the velcro strap and the boot will slip off without need to undo the zipper.
Fitting V3 Hunnyboots
First steps - The 'Moonwalk'
The first few steps are going to look like your sighthound has just landed on the moon! Try not to laugh too hard - they can be very sensitive to humiliation! But do get someone to video it anyway. It's critical that your sighthound's first experience is with all two / four boots on. They give in to wearing much quicker and will tend to fuss if only wearing one.
Getting ready for a walk - Encouragement
It's important for their first walk in boots to be enjoyable, so lots of encouragement and praise is needed. Along with treats if your sighthound responds well with them. The important part is as soon as you've passed the "moonwalk" phase, prepared to go for your usual walk. If he fusses over a shoe, give gentle encouragement to move on.
Going on the walk - Distraction
Within minutes, your sighthound will be walking quite normally. Let him pause to do his usual business of sniffing everything in sight, but if he fusses over a boot, move him on with praise and encouragement.
You set the pace of the walk - Acceptance
Once the sniffing is over, set a brisk walking pace and don't allow stopping or pausing for a little while. By now, your sighthound will be bouncing along not even realising he's wearing boots. You've succeeded!
Ending the walk - Play or remove
If your sighthound likes to play or zoom, encourage him to have a go in his boots. If not, take them off with lots of praise!
Velo is a large and playful boy who's never worn boots before, and following these steps you can expect similar results with your sighthound.
What if they don't fit properly?
Length fit is important, but width not so much. It's OK if they feel a little too wide on a narrow foot or narrow on a wider foot. They will stretch in width easily to accomodate a wider foot. If it feels like your Hunnyboots are not going to fit well at all, make sure you try them on indoors the first time. We can exchange for different sizes (subject to availability) within 30 days of getting your Hunnyboots, but they must be returned in new condition.
My dogs boots come flying off after one or two steps, what am I doing wrong?
The only thing holding any shoe on a dog is the strap around the wrist. If it's loose or simply not tight enough, it will come off - guaranteed. If you follow these basic steps, you can't go wrong.
Make sure your sighthound's toenails are all the way in the front of the boot, pop your index finger under his paw to check.
Do up the zip and then pull the boot up as high up the leg as possible so there are no creases in the heel.
Hold the zip with one hand and with the other, wrap the velcro strap around pulling it VERY tight so it gathers in any excess boot material.
Firmly press the velcro down - you should have some overlap - depending on your dogs wrist circumference, as much as 2 or 3 cm.
Follow these steps fore V2 and V3 and your Hunnyboots won't come off until you take them off.
Care and Maintenance
Your Hunnyboots are hardwearing and can take quite a beating. If they get dirty, you can wipe the outsides with a mild detergent. If they need a more thorough clean, wash by hand in cold water. Do not subject them to hot water or dry them with a hair dryer or such, as it may affect the bonded glue that holds the sole on.
If they get wet, they will dry quickly in a warm place. Do not subject them to direct heat such as a hair dryer as that may affect the glue in the bonded soles.