« Last post by eodog on Yesterday at 09:25:09 PM »
The salt routine I did for my poodle when I had him here with me in PA was this: booties if there was snow on ground (otherwise ice balls would form on his foot hair and he'd cry because they hurt so bad), when we got home, I'd wipe off his feet with unscented baby wipes (I'd do in between the pads/toes if he hadn't been wearing his booties), then once a day if he walked anywhere with salt (when the only time left for the day that we'd be going outside was for him to go around the block for his pre-bedtime potty) musher's secret. There are other products similar to musher's secret out there, too. His pads never seemed to soften, but then he only got musher's secret on him after the salt. The main thing I did was to wipe his paws off, or sometimes wash them in the sink (which he hated tee hee), to make sure there wasn't salt on his paws when he licked them.
As for the booties, these were just to keep the snow from creating ice balls. They get wet so the salt could probably just soak through. He learned to wear them by working up to it. I started in the house in CA, before the semester started and we went to school in PA. I'd put them on his feet for like a minute, praise him, then take them off. Then longer and longer times. Then I started making him walk in them across the living room (at first he would just lay there and look at me like I was the worst dog momma ever). Eventually he got mostly used to them. He still always got upset when they first got on, but I think eventually he figured out that without them, the snow would hurt his feet. At the end of last winter if a bootie fell off, he'd stop walking, hold his foot up, and stare at me with this grumpy look on his face until I put the bootie back on. I used the cheapest booties I could find, not the rubberized kind, because they seemed more comfortable and I would be upset if one got lost in a huge snowdrift and I had to go off and spend $40 for another full set. The cheap ones you get from dog sled equipment people, and you can usually choose a specific quantity (so you could just get one if you needed to replace a lost one).