CLAWGS Tips and Instructions

Please be cautious and observant while using Clawgs right now.

Some dogs are having issues with the middle claw opening sliding back between the front toes and side toes and leaving the middle pads exposed. We have a solution, but it will take a couple weeks to make the parts. We'll send you the necessary parts as soon as we have them. A Kickstarter Update explaining everything will be posted soon.

Familiarize yourself with Clawgs before attempting to put them on your dog.

Fasten and unfasten the buckle. Note that each buckle side has a hook.

Tighten the four toe straps. Hold the buckle while tightening the straps.

Loosen the four toe straps. Pull the straps before they enter the buckle.

The heel straps have three configurations in the buckle:

(note that the heel straps are stitched along the edges)

1) Heel Straps In Both Buckle Loops.

When the heel straps zig zag through both buckle loops, it is not possible to tighten or loosen the straps.

2) Heel Straps in First Buckle Loop and Notch.

When the heel strap is in the first buckle loop and the notch but not the second buckle loop, there is resistance but you can tighten and loosen the heel straps by pulling hard on the straps.

3) Heel Straps Only in First Buckle Loop.

When a heel strap is only in the first buckle loop but not the notch or second buckle loop, it can be tightened and loosened without resistance.

Suggested strategy for adjusting straps and putting CLAWGS on your dog for the first time:

While your dog is laying comfortably on its side in your home, sit beside your dog and adjust the six straps per paw to fit well on your dog.

When the straps are adjusted, remove the Clawgs, put them in the drawstring bag (included with Clawgs) and tie the bag to your dog's leash.

When the straps are adjusted, remove the Clawgs, put them in a drawstring bag (included with the Clawgs) and tie the bag to your dog's leash.

The next time you take your dog for a walk, put Clawgs on paws beforehand.

Then, lead your dog and keep them walking. If dogs have nothing to do while wearing Clawgs, it's normal for them to try to remove them at first. Keep them active so they aren't obsessing over what's on their paws.

* There are lots of strategies, but this is what works best for us and our dogs. If you have a dog trainer, please ask for their advice. *

Putting CLAWGS On And Adjusting The Straps

- Start with the four toe straps loosened completely, but leave yourself a small amount of excess straps sticking out of the buckle so you have something to grip while tightening the straps.

- Start with the heel straps barely through the heel straps’ second buckle loops.

Unfasten the buckle and wrap the heel straps around your dog’s lower leg above the heel pad. If your dog has dew claws, make sure to wrap the Clawg below your dog’s dew claws. You can do this without even lifting paws off the ground!

Remove the heel straps from the notches and second loops while tightening them. Tighten the heel straps to grip firmly around your dog’s leg. With the heel straps tight around your dog’s leg, slide the heel straps into the notch, then through the second loop.

Alternatively, you can tighten the heel straps, then put them in the notch, then unfasten the Clawgs to make it easier to slide the straps through the second loop.

It is important to tighten the heel straps significantly so that they do not slide down to a position that causes discomfort and limits your dog’s toes’ range of motion.

To demonstrate this, wrap your left hand's fingers tightly around your right wrist and spread your right hand's fingers. You’ll notice that your fingers can spread easily and your right hand is comfortable.

Next, loosen your left hand's fingers slightly and slide them down below your wrist and try to spread your right hand's fingers. You’ll notice that it’s difficult to spread your fingers and more uncomfortable for your right hand than when your left hand's fingers were tighter. This is a situation where tighter heel straps means more comfortable dogs.

Pull the Clawg’s front edge down to the proper location by holding the middle claw opening with your fingers. You’ll notice that sliding Clawgs down from a position above the proper location is easier than sliding pawwear up a paw, which tends to snag claws.

Next, tighten the front (middle) toe straps to slightly curve the front claw opening up to cup the front pads. It is important to tighten the front (middle) toe straps enough to resist Clawgs from sliding up between toes during activities.

The side toe straps can be a bit loose, if you'd like. The side toes spread the most, so it's nice to give them some extra space if you can. However, there are benefits to tightening the side straps more, such as if Clawgs spin out of place or up between toes during your activities.

If the Clawg’s sole is not centered under the paw, Rotate the Clawg to the proper orientation. Once it is properly centered, you’ll notice that it’s difficult to rotate it off center.

You can also attempt to pull the Clawgs off to see how difficult it will be for Clawgs to fall off. It they slide off easily, you’ll need to tighten the heel straps.

Back paws' heel straps need to be tighter than you'd think. You may need to loosen the front (middle) toe straps to tighten the heel straps enough.

You can slide a finger beneath the straps beneath the buckle to see how much pressure is being applied to your dogs paws – granted whatever you feel will be slightly more pressure than what your dog feels because your finger takes up space.

You can also slide a finger between the heel straps and your dog’s heel or leg.

Without Clawgs on, wrap your fingers around your dogs wrist/ankle and move their toes around and bend their wrist/ankle. You'll notice some very slight movement as your dog's paw moves. Feeling the space between the heel strap and wrist/ankles should give you the comfort of knowing that the heel straps allows for the slight wrist/ankle movement beneath the heel straps.

Since the heel straps do not stretch much, it is unlikely that you'll be able to tighten the heel straps tight enough to cut off circulation and still be able to fasten the buckle. You can also slide a finger behind the heel pad to see the pressure being applied there. Again, the pressure you feel will be greater than the pressure your dog feels because of the space your finger takes up.

The Clawgs heel straps should be on or near your dog's wrists/ankle. You should be able to feel their wrist/ankle bones on the sides of your dog's legs, just like you can on your arms and legs.

Note that dogs' back ankles are typically further back than their front ankles. That means that you'll need to loosen the front (middle) toe straps and tighten the heel straps for back paws' Clawgs to be in the proper location.

CLAWGS Tips:

If you are ever concerned about Clawgs fit on your dog’s unique paws while doing your unique activities on your unique surfaces, please consult your vet for their opinion. Ask them about the benefits and risks. If you have other pawwear, ask your vet to compare them to Clawgs.

The first few times your dog wears Clawgs, note the fit and think about adjustments you’d like to make – tighter here, looser there. Then, you can play Goldie Locks by adjusting the strap lengths every time you remove Clawgs until they fit juuuuust right. Guess, test, and revise.

If a Clawg slides down to where the heel pad is showing, use the heel’s finger tab to pull the Clawg back up. Then, when you remove Clawgs, tighten the heel straps slightly so that they don't slide down the next time you put them on.

If Clawgs slide off paws, the heel straps are too loose. Tighten the heel straps slightly before you put them on again.

If Clawgs' middle claw opening slides back between the front (middle) toes and the side toes, tighten the front (middle) toe straps.

Only put Clawgs on while your dog is active. The first few times you put Clawgs on your dog, attach a leash to them and keep them walking. If your dog has nothing to do, there’s a good chance they’ll spend their time trying to break and remove Clawgs. Keep their minds active on something besides Clawgs so they’ll adjust to them quickly.

Remove Clawgs when your dog is laying down or resting. Just like we don't like resting or sleeping in footwear, dogs prefer to rest and sleep without anything on their paws. The drawstring bag is a good place to store Clawgs until your dog is active again.

Clawgs heel is engraved with the size. If your dog wears two different sizes, you can distinguish between the two sizes by viewing the engraved heel size.

If your dog wears the same size on the front and back paws, you can distinguish between the two by selecting two different Clawgs color combinations (a black pair of Clawgs and a white pair of Clawgs).

If your dog wears the same size on the front paws and back paws and you selected the same color, you'll need to find a way to distinguish between the front Clawgs and back Clawgs. It's unlikely that all four paws' straps will be adjusted to the same length. You can mark a pair's black fabric with a white paint pen or tie a ribbon to a pair so you can identify the front and back Clawgs.

CLAWGS Strap Adjustment Playbook:

 - If Clawgs slide off paws, the heel straps are too loose. Tighten the heel straps slightly before you put them on again.

- If Clawgs middle claw opening slides back between the front toes and the side toes, tighten the front toe straps. If Clawgs still slide between toes during your activity with the front straps tightened properly, tighten the side toe straps.

- If Clawgs spin on paws, tighten the side toe straps.

CLAWGS Alterations

There are a few alterations that you can make to improve the performance and appearance of your Clawgs.

Once you're confident that the straps are adjusted properly, you can hand stitch each side toe strap to the adjacent front toe strap at the closest point to the buckle. Then, you can cut the excess straps off so that Clawgs feel better to your dog (without excess straps flopping around) and look prettier to you!

DO NOT trim the heel straps. You do not want to cut the heel strap's stitches.

Stitched and trimmed

You can also trim the excess soles beneath side claws. If those claws are contacting the inside of the sole rather than the ground, you can trim the excess sole under those claws. This will also be beneficial if Clawgs are spinning out of place on your dog's paws. Their side claws will snag the sole, which will stop the Clawgs from spinning.