How to Make Dog Booties Out of Socks

We’re sure you’ve noticed that the weather is starting to cool down as we settle into Autumn. If history is anything to go on, it’s likely that temperatures will quickly begin to plummet in the next couple of months. There’s no doubt you do your best keep your fur baby nice and toasty in this cooler weather. Snuggles on the couch, extra blankets in their beds, and some comfy jerseys to keep them warm once winter rolls around.

And, of course, you’ll still want them to keep active in the winter. If you notice that your pooch may be feeling the cold (or even if you don’t) have you considered their feet? You know how cold your bare toes get on the tiles during low temperatures – it likely could be the same story for your four-legged friend!

Why do dogs need booties?

Extreme temperatures

Safeguard your dog’s paws in extreme temperatures to prevent burns or frostbite. Dog booties offer insulation and protection from hot surfaces or icy conditions.

Try this quick test during winter: stand on the pavement outside your house or the cold lawn in the morning – barefoot. If you start to feel uncomfortable, your dog probably isn’t the greatest fan either. If you take your dog onto the road, remember that pavements can have harsh chemicals or anti-ice products that may affect your dog’s paws.

Potential Hazards

Shield your dog’s paws from potential dangers like broken glass or deicing products. When exploring outdoors, dog booties are essential to prevent injuries from thorns or splinters.


Improve mobility for older dogs or those with difficulty walking on smooth surfaces. Dog booties provide extra traction on hardwood floors, offering stability and support.

If your dog has just undergone surgery related to its feet or even legs, dog booties could be a great option for helping them recover well. For example, booties could help them learn to depend on a limb again by aiding them with protective padding. This could help with stitches, bruising and protecting against cold temperatures and infections.

If you’re looking for insurance that covers that sort of thing, Oneplan offers great post-operative care like physical therapy and hydrotherapy as a part of their Pet Classic and Pet Super Plan. They also have a wide range of postoperative products in their Onepet Store (only available to Oneplan Pet Parents). Find the right Pet Plan for your Furrbaby.

Chewing or Licking

Address excessive foot grooming or chewing caused by allergies or anxiety. Dog booties offer coverage and eliminate the need for deterrent sprays.

Staying Clean

Keep your home clean by preventing mud and debris from being tracked inside. Dog booties allow you to leave the mess at the door, just like you do with your own rain boots.

Protect your Floors

Protect your hardwood floors and leather furniture from accidental scratches. Dog booties can save you money and maintain your sanity in the long term.

How do you get the booties on?

Oh gosh, the question that trumps them all: how on earth do you get these dog booties onto your wriggly dog? If your dog is new to any type of dog clothing, we understand why this may be an issue.

Sure, dogs have been domesticated and are used to most parts of human life, but clothing still vexes them a little bit. Even if they’ve worn jerseys or harnesses before, they may be uncomfortable having something on their feet. You need to start slowly and warm them up to these new contraptions.

First things first, make sure the booties fit. They should have enough wriggle room (but not so much that they come off easily) and enough support (but never, ever use a bootie that is too tight). They should slide on and off comfortably. Start in a peaceful environment when your dog is at its calmest. We wouldn’t recommend giving this a go when your dog has a case of the zoomies.

Start by having the booties in the room – let your dog get used to them. You could even wrap the booties in one of your blankets (or one of theirs) before giving them to your dog, helping them feel more comfortable with a familiar scent. Then place the booties on one by one, expecting that your dog will try to remove them a couple of times.

Once they are comfortable with one, add another until all four are on. Let them feel comfortable with the booties indoors before you go outside for a walk.

PS: Have lots of treats and cuddles on hand for each time they accept the boot!

How to Make Dog Booties Out of Socks (Step-By-Step)

Materials needed:

  • Baby socks (2 pairs)
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread (or fabric glue)


  1. Buy two pairs of baby socks from a thrift store or any store that sells baby clothes.
  2. Cut a small slit at the top of each sock to create an opening for the dog’s paw. Be sure to leave enough room for the paw to fit comfortably.
  3. Turn the socks inside out and use a needle and thread (or fabric glue) to seal the bottom of each sock. This will prevent the sock from sliding off the dog’s paw.
  4. Repeat the process for the other three socks so that you have four booties in total.
  5. Put the booties on your dog’s paws and adjust them so that they fit snugly but comfortably.
  6. Take your dog outside and let them walk around. The baby socks will protect their paws from sticky things like pitch, sap, and sticks.
  7. After use, remove the booties from your dog’s paws and throw them in the washing machine to clean them.

That’s it! With just a few simple steps, you can make booties for your dog using baby socks to protect their paws from sticky things.

Thanks AlaskaSammy for this nifty tutorial!

In conclusion, keeping your dog’s paws protected during colder months is essential for their comfort and well-being. By making your own dog booties out of socks, you can provide them with the necessary insulation and safeguard them from potential hazards. Remember to introduce the booties gradually and reward your dog with treats and cuddles to help them adjust. With a little effort, you can ensure your furry friend stays warm, mobile, and protected throughout the winter season.

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