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The Best DIY Winter Paw Protection For Active Dogs- All Natural! – Professional Dog Training Tips

The Best DIY Winter Paw Protection For Active Dogs- All Natural! – Professional Dog Training Tips


– Wintertime can really take
its toll on your dog’s feet. The frozen ground, the ice, sort of even the de-icing
methods that people are using can really affect affect
the pads of your dog’s feet. In this video today, I’m gonna show you the best all-natural way
to protect your dog’s feet in the cold winter climate. (gentle acoustic guitar
strumming and puppy barking) If this is your first time in the channel, make sure you hit that subscribe button. We publish new videos every
Monday, Wednesday and Friday to help our viewers some quality time with their four-legged family members. Now, let’s jump right in to this. ‘Cause I’m really excited
to share this with you guys. And like I said, it is super simple. So I went to a nature food
store or organic food store and I grabbed these four
ingredients. And they are beeswax, sunflower oil, some coconut oil, and some shea butter. Now, they’re pretty easy to get. And I encourage you to go to
your local organic food grocer and pick them up there. But I’m also gonna post a
link, the affiliate links in the description below
so that if you don’t have the opportunity to get out to a store, or you don’t really
feel like traveling out to gather all these things,
they’ll be available to you. So check out the description below. Now, another thing that
I’m gonna suggest is an electronic scale. If you’re feeding raw, you
probably have one of these for measuring out the amount of your dog’s food for each meal. But it’s gonna make things
a little bit easier. And I’m gonna be talking
in imperial measurement and metric measurement a little bit. And it’s a little easier if we’re dealing straight with weight,
but you don’t need one. It’s not necessary for this recipe. First thing’s first, I’m gonna
measure my sunflower oil. Now, if you’re doing
like a spoon measurement, it’s 4 tablespoons of sunflower oil that’s needed for this. Now, if you’re using an
electric scale, it’s– a tablespoon is about 15 grams. So it’s gonna be 60 grams of sunflower oil that we need. So I’ll just add that to my scale. Remember it’s 4 tablespoons
so it should be… It’s so easy to do the liquid
measurements on the scale. It’s so much harder when
I get to the beeswax. You’ll see in a minute. Now next up is 4
tablespoons our coconut oil. Now I’m actually going to use a tablespoon to measure it before tablespoons. So hopefully it’ll be pretty accurate. It’s an interesting texture. If you’re not familiar with coconut oil, it’s actually pretty hard when it’s cold, or at least not heated. We’re gonna add those 4 tablespoons. And we’re gonna get 60 grams in there. Now the great part of coconut oil is one of the things
that we can eat along. It smells amazing when you’re
preparing things with it. And it’s edible. I mean, most
of our dog food is edible but generally, I wouldn’t eat it. Coconut oil I will. It’s really good. Our next ingredient is she butter. We’re only gonna have 2
tablespoons of the shea butter in our paw protector. I really like using these
all-natural ingredients. We know that the dogs are
likely, at some point, going to lick their paws. And I wanna know that
everything I put on my dogs whether it’s shampoo, or,
you know, in this case, it’s a paw protector. But I wanna know that it’s safe for dogs and these are all great
examples of things that are. Now last, but certainly
not least, is our beeswax. Now, we’re going to be using
8 teaspoons of beeswax. And for you guys who are
using a scale at home, a teaspoon is about 5 grams. So we’re gonna need 40 grams of beeswax. And we’re gonna add that. It actually flakes off really nicely. It does make a little
bit longer of a process to get the beeswax into your mixture. However, if you use a sharp knife and just sort of flake it
off a little bit at a time, you can get through the
process pretty quickly. The great part is beeswax smells amazing. Makes the entire kitchen smell amazing. So, that’s sort of the benefit of having to work through the 8
teaspoons of beeswax. Does anybody ever told
you to mind your beeswax? This is what I imagine
they’re talking about. Now we’re gonna put all
those ingredients into a pot. And that pot is gonna go on
the stove at a low temperature. We’re gonna be stirring
it pretty frequently and once, all of the
ingredients have mixed together really well, we’re gonna
put it off the stove. And I’ll show you what we’ll do next. Now, our paw balm is pretty
well-mixed at this point. So, I wanna take it off of the stove. But before it cools– we’re gonna let it cool
at room temperature, but before it does that,
I wanna put it into some sort of something, some vessel that I can easily use it with the dogs. Now, a lot of people
will actually take this and then put it into almost
like a lip balm containers. And then dispense it from there, and put it on their dog’s paws. (bell counter rings) But a hack that I like is
get some sort of container that’s a little bit wider
than your dog’s paws. I’m gonna put the mix,
the paw balm into this and then, when our dogs require it, I can literally take their little paws, dab it in the paw balm
and then massage it in. That way, I get lots on there. I actually enjoy making this stuff so I don’t mind making it. You’re gonna use a little bit
more if you do it this way. So maybe for those of you who don’t have the time to spend on this kind of thing, maybe using the lip balm container is a good solution for you. But for me, I wanna make sure I thoroughly cover the dog’s paws. So that their paws stay intact and don’t get cracked very often. So I am ever so carefully
going to pour this into this little container. Now, I mentioned before if you– I think I got this from a dollar store, or something like that, but I can also provide a
link in the description. If you wanna do your
entire paw balm purchase through Amazon or something like that, I can post an affiliate link there. We’re gonna let this
hang out on the counter until it gets hard and then I can show you
guys how to put it on. (electronic music beats) Now, a couple hours have passed, and our paw balm has become a lot harder. It’s still a little bit oily, but it’s great because
the oiliness will help me massage it into his feet. Now, one thing I want you to keep in mind, this isn’t a protective barrier. If it’s extremely cold or
the surface is really jagged or extremely salty,
you still gonna want to have a barrier for your dog’s feet. This is essentially going
to get their feet from drying up and cracking. And this could be a real issue especially some of these sports dogs. This will allow them to run
around and play outside– Hi Buddy! –run around and play outside prevent their feet from
drying up and cracking. And you can see, Rad’s pretty playful so whether it’s summertime or wintertime, he’s always ready to play. But I’m gonna show you really quickly why I choose the wider container. You can see how wide that is. And I’ll get a little
bit closer to the cam. Here buddy. So with this wider container,
I can actually take one of Rad’s feet, and just press it right into the balm. I can
rub it. That’s a good boy. I can sort of rub it on into his feet, and it stays in this little
vessel which is great. And then I’ll essentially just massage it into the pads of his feet. You know I really want
this stuff to penetrate and I want it to moisten
his feet as best we can. Now, one thing I want you to keep in mind is another great way
to keep your dog’s feet from getting cold and
any damage to their feet, is after they come in,
after you’ve been outside in the wintertime, check
in between their toes for like little ice balls, or salt. Another thing you can do is trim the hair in between their toes
so that there’s nothing for the salt and the
ice to get caught up on. That’s another really good
way to sorta make sure that your dog isn’t having
any uncomfortable sand after they go out for
play in the winter or go out for a walk in the wintertime. I hope this natural paw balm tip helps you make the most of the
wintertime with your dog. If this is your first time on the channel, make sure you hit that subscribe button. We publish videos every
Monday, Wednesday and Friday to help you do something
awesome with your dog. Beside me is a video that Youtube thinks you wanna watch next. On that note, I’m Ken. This is Rad. Happy training!

Comments (22)

  1. You can use a vegetable peeler instead of a knife to portion out your beeswax. Claire

  2. With our 7 dogs, it seems like Funkee Monkee, and Deegan are the 2 most sensitive to the cold. We need to take extra care of Deegan's feet in the winter time. Does your dog LOVE the cold weather, or would they rather spend time doing indoor activities?

  3. Hi. I’m a newbie dog owner and have a Finnish Lapphund. He’s bred for the climate in Finland so will he still need to have protection for his feet in the bad weather.

  4. Do you apply this every time they go outside or is it a once daily type of product?

  5. Thanks for sharing, it doesn't get super cold here but, we did actually already have a very rare snow so I want to protect our pup's paws!!

  6. is it possible that the dogs will lick the salt off their paws when they return from a walk? if so should i wash his feet after wearing the balm? thanks!

  7. Gosh isn’t there a product we can purchase with these ingredients?

  8. Anyone use this for a dogs dry nose?

  9. What do you do to help protect dogs feet from salt? our neighbors go crazy with the salt!

  10. Can this also be used for hot weather as well? No snow where I live, but plenty of hot pavement.

  11. Is it supposed to be a cream consistency or more oily ?

  12. Is there an alternative you can use for the coconut oil?, I am highly allergic to coconut

  13. Does this help on slippy surfaces ?

  14. Will this be similar to "Mushers Secret" or is it not the same type of barrier ? I want to use it as a snow and ice repellent

  15. And here I thought I watched all your videos…. Found this one from your instantgram post about cold weather.. I'll have to try this out and see how it works for keeping my pups pads in good shape.

  16. This is great for our hands too. I'm gonna make it for my pup…

  17. I tried on Fancymay dog paw protection balm. This balm has a nice smell to it and absorbs well. And it's certainly low cost for me.

  18. Thank you very well information and tips also read some of the comments and questions which ended up answering my questions 👍❤️thanks again

  19. This is a great video! Love the bit of humour with how many times you say "paw"! Grin. Engaging while slowly walking us towards the paw balm which I'll have to try for my folks' dog!

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