I've never bootied a dog before so I'm a complete noob at this.
All of my other dogs didn't need them, occasionally they'd get cold feet in extreme weather, and then I'd put a sweater on them, and they'd be fine (kinda like putting on a hat on a cold day will warm up your hands). They were gsd's. If that wasn't enough, or if snowballs were the only problem, I'd slather their paws with petroleum jelly.
My current guy has a double coat but he is from a tropical country. He's always getting iceballs in his paws and picks up his paws alot in slush. I thought it might be the extra hair, so this year I thought I'd clip it back only to realize that he has completely webbed toes, tight too, so that thin skin is making contact with everything.
Soooooo, for the 1st time ever, thinking of booties. How on earth do you choose booties? I take him on off-leash hikes, FAST running and leaping through deep snow, so I think he would need the kind that a dog sledder would use or else they'd just fall off.
Soooo, recommendations? Experiences? My usual tactics (extra sweater & vaseline) don't seem sufficient. Right now, I just leave him home and take off for the big excursions on my own if it's really cold, and if it's not, let him deal with the iceballs himself.