This DIY dog paw protectors project is dedicated to my sister’s former pooch, Lola. She was my sister’s beloved beagle. When she was alive we liked to take her on walks. But when the Arizona pavement was hot enough to melt a stick of butter, an outing was out of the question. I crocheted these booties from lightweight cotton yarn. Lola loved them because they protected her paws from the hot pavement. She gave them five barks and four paws up!
I hate to see people walk their dogs on the hot asphalt and when the poor puppy run towards the grass, the owners tug them by the leash and say, “Come on! Behave! Stay over here!” I even saw one dog stepping in his owner’s footprint shadows thinking it would be cooler.
These paw protectors don’t take very long to whip up. They are a fashionable way to protect your pooch’s paws from the searing pavement. You can buy a set for $20 at the pet store, or take up the art of crochet and make your own for less than a dollar and less than an hour’s time. This project is perfect for summer; the loose crochet stitches combined with lightweight cotton yarn will keep those footsies cool from top to bottom.
Supplies for diy dog paw protectors:
1 skein of lightweight cotton yarn
1 Size J crochet hook
24 inches of ribbon
Directions: Measure the width of your dog’s paw. Next, measure the length and add two inches to that number. This is how wide and long you need to make each bootie. For a medium-size dog: Begin by holding the end of the yarn, making a slipknot and inserting the hook through the loop. Make 6 or 7 chain stitches; at the end, join them to make a circle. Begin to create the bootie by adding stitches around the circle, using the double stitch. Continue to build up to desired height and then finish off. Cut four pieces of ribbon, each 8 inches long. Weave a strand through the top row of each bootie so you can tie it on the dog’s paw.
Variations: For smaller dogs, decrease a number of chain stitches; for larger dogs, increase. For more durable booties, sew a small piece of suede onto the bottom. Add decorative stitching at the top. If you do not want to crochet, you can make the booties out of fleece and use Velcro straps for closure.