Measuring your Greyhound's foot for Original Hunnyboots®
One of the hardest things to do in the world of online shopping is to buy a product without trying it on. Hunnyboots are designed to fit your Greyhound like a human training shoe or sneaker fits you – a snug and comfy fit. There are many methods to measure and we'll go through some of them.
But before you start measuring, have a good look at your greyhounds feet. Are they flat, normal or high?
If they're flat, probably as a result of injury or a flexor tenotomy procedure, measure off the closest normal length toe using the Post-it Note method as the stretch in a Hunnyboot will allow for a longer toe – consider purchasing a toe cap to avoid longer toes cutting through the shoe fabric.
If they look relatively normal, you are best to use the Post-it Note or Wet Footprint method to find the length of foot contact with the ground.
If they are high, the Printed Size Guide method will be your best bet, as "high and tight" feet will give unusually short measures using the Post it Note or Wet Footprint method, and we need to compensate by allowing for extra toe box room for those high knuckles. Make sure there is little or no white space visible when placing your dogs foot on the templates. Any greyhound measuring a small and over 30kg will be better in a medium to allow for knuckle height.
- The measurement we're trying to capture is your greyhound's foot contact with the ground, think of a wet footprint.
- For accuracy, your greyhound must be standing and the foot weight-bearing.
- To make the measuring foot weight-bearing, lift his other foot off the ground.
- If your measurement is between sizes, select the smaller shoe size rather than larger.
Post-it Notes method
- Stick one Post-it Note at the front of his nails.
- Slide the second Post-it Note under the back of his foot, and stop where his pad makes contact with the ground. Don't force the back under his pad, stop when you feel the first small resistance.
- The distance between the two Post-it notes is his measurement.
- Select the size shoe and go smaller rather than larger if in between sizes.
Wet footprint method
This works well but can be a little messy! One customer suggested using cold tea or coffee so the footprint is more visible.
- Wet your dogs paw and place it on some paper while he's weight bearing to get a 'foot print'.
- Measure from the tip of the nail to the back of the footprint.
- Select the shoe size and go smaller rather than larger if in between sizes.
This requires access to a printer, and knowing how to set your printer to 100% size. If you don't know how to do that, we do not recommend this method as it will lead to inaccurate results.
Print the template at 100% and stand your greyhound on the size that fits best. The best fit will be the one where you can barely see the outline and exceeding it by a couple of millimetres will be the better size choice. It is critical that the back of your greyhounds pad is the part that is on the line at the heel of the imprint. Select the size shoe and go smaller rather than larger if in between sizes.
Notice how Hunny's opposite foot is elevated, making her her measuring foot weight-bearing. Also her foot placement on the template is at the back of her pad that makes contact with the ground.
Pen on paper method
Perhaps the most common method, but prone to error as you need to make the mark on paper under your greyhound's heel where his pad meets the ground (green ticks), not the back of his foot (red cross).
The distance between the marks you've made is the measurement. Select the size shoe and go smaller rather than larger if in between sizes.