Chris recently wrote to us to let us know how Gus was benefiting from Dog Mocs and we wanted to share in case you didn't think of this as an option to help your dog with nail issues.
"These mocs are the best! Gus would always do long runs in the mountains with me, but suffered a carpal injury requiring surgery. For the past two years he’s suffered from nail drag and would constantly have nail injuries preventing him from joining me on the trails. I tried most other booties with no success, as they irritated his dew claw and were often too bulky to run well in. Thanks to Dog Mocs we have been back up and running up to 15 miles on some days with no nail issues, plus he doesn’t seem to even notice that he’s wearing a moc. They seem very durable, as he does tend to drag the very toe edge of the shoe, but I think they’ll last a decent amount of time even in the rugged terrain. These have made both me and my dog very happy! "
Beware of foxtails while out and about with your dogs! Foxtails have barbed razor-sharp needles that are dangerous to your dog. If you are exposed, thoroughly inspect the hot spots (ears, nose, eyes, underbelly, between toe pads). Wearing Dog Mocs will help make sure that they do not get between their paw pads/toes.
- Foxtails can go up the nose and migrate to the brain.
- Embedded foxtails can cause pain and even death in extreme cases
- Pets with long fur and long ears are especially prone to getting foxtails
- Foxtails move in one direction. They dig in, and they do not come out on their own.
- Foxtails love paws and can easily embed between toes.
- Foxtails can dig into any part of the body, and they don't dissolve.
- Foxtails pieces can easily be inhaled & puncture a lung!
Hello Dog Mocs nation. You guys are the best, so we’ve decided that May will be Customer Appreciation Month! And we want to thank all of you with deep discounts on your next purchase, a chance for Free Mocs, and even Cash Prizes! Plus, we’ll be highlighting your photos and stories throughout May on our social media platforms.
Here’s what to do...
1. Send us photos of your worn Mocs, (even better to include your buddy). Send via email, (firstname.lastname@example.org), direct message us on Instagram message (@dogmocs1), or post on your page and TAG us, so we see it.
2. Tell us how they got worn…. some places you’ve been and the terrains you’ve encountered. And don’t forget to tell us HOW LONG they’ve lasted. That’s important for the prizes.
3. Those of you who use your Dog Mocs for SLIPPERY FLOORS… we want to hear from you too! Your Mocs may not be quite as worn, but how they make your dog’s life better is no less important.
(Code will be valid for Dog Mocs purchase throughout May)
Top 3 stories of Dog Mocs Longevity, Rugged Exploits, or just flat-out “Amazingness” will receive a FREE set of Mocs AND choose a $50 gift card to the online retailer of your choice.
Here’s an example, sent to us a couple years ago from Brett and his dog, Ellie.
"As Ellie gets older, she injures her paw pads quite easily. I’ve tried other boots, but they just caused blisters, especially around her dew claws. A friend sent me a video of Dog Mocs and she’s been so much happier since, and a lot more mobile. She wears them on hikes, hot streets and whenever I need to protect her pads. They’ve lasted over 2 years!! And now here I am for another set."
You may have asked yourself "does my dog need shoes?" Even as the owner of a dog boot company, I’ll be the first to admit……not always. The need for some type of paw protection for your dog depends on factors such as breed, type of activity, weather, and terrain, among others. Let’s say you’ve got a Husky and you’re heading out to play in the snow. That dog is built for such conditions and you may not need shoes or boots. Or maybe you and your dog are playing fetch in the local dog park, which is grassy….again, probably don’t need shoes. But what if I live in an area like Phoenix and the air temp is 110 deg? Surfaces like asphalt or concrete can be upwards of 190 degrees! ANYTHING you do in those conditions should include paw protection. Maybe you’re heading out for a day hike in the mountains and you’ll be traversing very rocky terrain, which can easily slice a paw. Again, probably a good idea to put some boots on those paws.
Your dog’s paw pads are nothing more than calloused skin. Those paws are not impervious to pain, cuts, and bruising. Sure, they might be a little tougher than our feet, but don’t get complacent. There are dangers everywhere, from a city street, to desert terrains….from mountain hikes, to icy paths. Hot pavement….sharp rocks….thorns and stickers…broken glass….salt and ice melt chemicals. And even the tile and wood floors in our homes can be treacherous for an older dog, or one with an injury. You should consider the following factors when determining when to put on some dog boots…..Your specific dog, (age, breed, health)…..Weather conditions….Length of activity…. Terrain…Potential Dangers.
So, it’s safe to say dog boots are a helpful part of your dog’s accessories. Now comes the next important question….What type of boot should I get? Search “dog boots/shoes” on Google or Amazon and you’ll get 20 different makers of boots, but all have virtually the same characteristics….Fabric construction, (usually a nylon mesh), Velcro straps and a rubber sole. There’s also one that looks like a rubber balloon, and some “sock” options, (obviously you’re not taking your dog on a hike in SOCKS!!). And then there’s one dog boot that is completely different from all the rest…..Dog Mocs. The ONLY 100% deerskin leather boot on the market. No Velcro, no man-made fabric, and definitely NO rubber sole.
Ok, why is leather better? Let’s look at your dog. For a dog, the ability to “feel” the ground is a critical part of how it navigates the world around him/her. A dog’s sense of touch on the ground is giving the brain important information, allowing the dog to move safely through the current environment. How firm is the surface? What’s the temperature? Am I walking on grass, rocks, pavement, ice? Is that water? We can determine all that based on our sight and experiences. We don’t need to walk barefoot to know if we’re on the street, or in the mountains, or on grass. Our eyes tell our brain what’s going on around us. But a dog can’t reason and understand the world that way. They might recognize a familiar path, but until the paws hit the ground, they don’t know if it’s muddy and soft, or dry and hard. Everything our dogs do is affected by what they feel beneath their paws….Can I jump up on that table? (Of course, knocking all the food off)….Can I turn on a dime at full speed? Can I stop myself before knocking you down? Can I clear that branch on the path? Am I swimming or walking across that stream?
A dog NEEDS to feel the ground….it’s as simple as that. And that explains why you’ll always see them “freaking out” when you put on boots with a rubber sole. (We’ve all seen those videos!) Our fur-buddies are looking at us with two questions….Why did you just take away my ability to feel the ground under my paws?? And.….When are you taking them off??? But all of this “drama” is completely avoided with the soft, deerskin construction of Dog Mocs. Yes, they are like a moccasin for dogs. Deerskin is very soft, (although extremely tough and durable), allowing the dog to “feel” the ground just at it would naturally. Take that same dog who just refused to walk in rubber-soled boots and put Dog Mocs on, and you’ll see a completely different reaction. Walk 3 steps. That’s all it takes for a dog to realize it can still feel the ground and off it goes…..running, jumping, playing just at it would without anything on its paws.
So, does my dog need shoes? We trust your judgement, as a loving pet parent. But if, for you, the answer is “YES”, there’s really only one choice that protects the paw, while honoring the dog and how it needs to feel the ground to best navigate its world.
With every purchase of Dog Mocs, you can personalize each pair with the name of your dog, (or anything you’d like to engrave, like a phone number). Using the best technology, and with the finest precision, your dog’s name is permanently etched into the front of your Mocs, for a beautiful look that will proudly display your love for your dog, and make you and your buddy the envy of the town!!
Dog Mocs protect your dog's paws from hot pavement or concrete, rocks, dirt, sand, thorns, cactus and more.
Did you know? Hot pavement can burn your dog's paw pads. Check the sidewalk temps with your hand or foot and consult this infographic from AKC! Also, on so-hot-you-can-fry-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk surface, don’t discount dirt as it gets very hot as well. Take care of your best friend by buying them Dog Mocs to protect their paws, you won't regret it.
Dogs in desert climates wearing dog mocs dog shoes!