msc118 wrote: Other dog owners out there, do you use boots? For what kinds of hikes do you use them? All, or just the longer/rockier ones?
I use boots on my dog when skiing (they actually work kind of like snowshoes), running on super hot pavement, and mountain biking (we cover more distance faster, and it seems to be harder on her paws, especially if we have to use roads to connect trails). I've never used them while hiking, but I can't think of any hikes I've taken her on with really sharp rocks or anything. For general trails and mountains that aren't volcanic or something she's totally fine without them.