9 Best Anti-Slip Shoes and Socks for Dogs
Little humans tend to love slip-n-slides. Unfortunately, the same isn’t true of our dogs. Slipping and sliding across a floor can cause serious injury, anxiety, and long-term stress on your dog’s joints, muscles, and ligaments. Over time, not having the traction to get around can lead to hip issues, arthritis, and spinal problems. For most people, replacing the flooring is not an option. So, how can you help your pup get a grip and get around on slippery laminate, tile, or wood floors? Anti-slip socks and shoes prevent slips and improve your dog’s mobility.
These rubber-lined socks were designed with your dog in-mind. They’re a function-first product. They offer grip across the entire sole and all around the base of your dog’s paw, which helps your dog when going from a lying position to standing and provides your dog with confidence as he transverses the house. Similar to shoes, but more comfortable for indoor wear, they have a grooved based for better traction and a velcro strap that keeps them fastened to your pupper’s paws. Best of all the sock is made from a breathable cotton-spandex blend, so you can wash them, let them dry, and use them for months.
Best for: Large senior dogs with mobility issues
These boots are ideal for dogs that love to go back and forth from inside to the backyard. These boots are made with ventilated neoprene, so your dog’s paws won’t overheat, yet they’re durable enough to protect your pup’s paws outdoors. Be sure to order two sets, since they come in pairs of two (which is great for dogs with different size front and back paws). Their high band and adjustment straps make them stay put, no matter how active your dog is.
Best for: Most dogs (extra small to XXL), especially dogs that like their yard time
Slip-proof, stabilizing, and durable: these non-slip socks provide 360-degrees of traction. These cute socks are also versatile, so your pup doesn’t have to go through a wardrobe change just to use the bathroom. They’re designed to fit snugly and stay put using a velcro strap, yet they adapt to fit differing paw shapes and sizes.
Best for: Dogs with different sized front and back paws or difficult-to-fit paws
This will be the last set of dog boots you’ll buy. These all-season boots are durable, provide ankle support, and are water-resistant, so you don’t have to turn back toward home after the first few drops of rain. They come with a lifetime warranty and look pretty badass, too. Best of all, they are padded, to provide your pup with a bit more comfort as he explores the outdoors.
Best for: Small to large dogs that need traction indoors and in extreme weather or activities & dogs with arthritis
Dogs don’t mind wearing these soft anti-slip socks. They’re easy to get on and off your dog and they stay secure all day. They also do the job of keeping your canine companion upright and on all four feet even on slippery surfaces. Consider ordering extra for laundry day, since these hold up well going through the wash on the gentle cycle.
Best for: Small to large dogs that need slip control
These dog booties are cozy but strong. They stay secure when your dog feeling like a bit of rest-and-relaxation or running through the woods. They’ll protect your pup from slipping and sliding on icy roads or on slick floors. Their wide ankle, allows you to easily slip them onto your dog’s paws, making getting booted-up quick and easy.
Best for: Dogs that tend to pull other shoes off or dogs with sensitive feet
Grippers are designed for dogs that need trusted stability and grip. They provide all-around traction which comes in handy when your dog needs to get up. They slip on easily and restore your dog’s dignity and independence.
Best for: All sizes of dogs with joint issues, arthritis, and mobility problems
Even the largest dogs need a little help getting around sometimes. These anti-slip dog socks provide grip for even the biggest good boys and girls. These socks provided full-coverage traction and are made of a polyester-spandex blend to help keep them on your pup’s paws all day.
Best for: Extra-large breeds
These boots are heavy-duty with a grip that won’t quit. With a rubber tread and double-strap these boots won’t budge while protecting your pup’s paws. They look like sneakers which is pretty cute, and they have a mesh upper for improved breathability.
Best for: Dogs that need a heavier-duty boot that transitions outdoors for extreme weather
Tips for Keeping Your Dog from Slipping
Slipping, tripping, and falling on slick floors can leave your dog injured, scared, and suffering from lifelong joint issues. The first time your pup slips you may laugh or even naturally respond with an “aww…”, but when slipping becomes a chronic problem, your dog’s day-to-day joy slips away. So, what can you do beyond help anti-slip dog boots and socks?
Start Your Dog Off on the Right Paw with Boot and Sock Pawsitive Reinforcement
Dogs don’t naturally love wearing socks and boots. Okay, there are few rare dogs that do, but most of the time you need to encourage (yes, we mean bribe) your dog to wear his boots or socks without pulling them off. How can you do this? Remember learning to trim his toenails–you want to use some of the same techniques.
First, introduce the socks or boots to your dog by letting him sniff them. Then, ask your dog to “shake” and gently grab his paw while providing a treat immediately after. Slip the boot or sock onto one of your dog’s paws then give him another treat. If your dog knows the “leave it” command, use this if he fusses with the socks or shoes. Repeat this, building to all four socks or boots on your dog over the course of a day or two.
Note: Always be gentle when handling your dog’s paws, especially those elderly dogs that suffer from arthritis.
Other Toe-Friendly Anti-Slip Tips
- Keep your dog’s nail trimmed and trim your pup’s paw fur. This long fur that grows between his cute little toes can really may slippery surfaces even more difficult to walk across. If fur covers a dog’s pads, it’s like wearing slippers rather than sneakers on ice.
- Put rugs or grip strips down on slippery floors. Anti-slip tape is especially handy on slippery stairs.
- For dogs that refuse to wear socks or shoes, paw wax can improve paw pads’ natural grip and traction. Toe treads are also a long-lasting and effective anti-slip option.
If your dog has joint or muscular issues, your vet should be the first step in providing your pup with the care he needs. After visiting your vet, consider adding ramps to elevated areas your dog may feel tempted to leap onto (the sofa, your bed, your car). Glucosamine supplements can also help lubricate your dog’s joints and an orthopedic bed can help ease aching joints as he sleeps.
When it comes to senior dogs and our canine companions with mobility issues, restoring the ability to get around can improve your dog’s peace of mind, confidence, and physical comfort. Help your dog get a grip on the slip, and you’ll notice more wags in no time. We know these boots and socks will really knock your socks off.
Link to orthopedic bed article