We absolutely love our furry friends, and we'd do just about anything for them, but when it's windy or rainy weather in the UK (as it more often than not is) the last thing we want to do is go for long walks and get our trainers covered in mud and dirt.
Whenever it's raining or cold, our willingness to go outside decreases significantly, but as we have a duty to our furry friends, we need to walk them so the least we can do is make sure our feet stay warm and dry. A straightforward and easy way to do this is by purchasing a brilliant pair of dog walking boots, as these will be impermeable and durable, keeping your feet dry throughout the wetter conditions.
Not sure where to begin with investing in a pair of durable wellies, walking boots or hiking shoes? We've got you. Firstly though, let's look at what you need for the best dog walks.
What should I bring on my dog walks?
Whether you're a new dog parent or a veteran, there are a few essential products to bring with you in a trusty dog walking bag when walking your dog and you might want to consider bringing:
• Dog waste bags: For obvious reasons! Nobody likes it when dog mess is left everywhere.
• Dog lead, dog walking belt and/or dog harness: You'll want to be able to have your dog on a leash for some period of the dog walks, especially if you're around busy roads.
• Treats: Depending on what treats your pooch likes, these help to keep them at your side on the dog walk and especially if you're training with calls.
• Water: Just in case they get thirsty as you want to keep your dog hydrated.
How often should I walk my dog?
Most dogs will benefit at least once a day - like us humans, they need their healthy exercise too! Smaller dogs should be looking at once a day but bigger dogs can also enjoy going out three times, so it really depends on what breed you have. As well as this, when dogs get older they may not be as excited about going out as frequently, so you may want to think about that too.
The best dog walking boots
Muck Boots Unisex's Arctic Sport Mid Rain Boot
Best waterproof dog walking boot
At the top of our buyer's guide is this brilliant product by Muck. These boots are 100 per cent waterproof, so no matter what the weather you'll be prepared for, we also love that they're unisex and super comfortable.
Pros: 100% waterproof, knee-height and fully lined
Cons: May be too much to wear in hotter months
Review: "Bought it for the wet/dry Canadian winters. I'm a women's 9-10 and bought a size 8 for Men's. The fit was a little tight at the top of the boot (big thighs), but they stretched. Completely waterproof so far, super comfortable, and the tightness kept the snow out of my boot! Highly recommend it".
Aigle Unisex Adults Parcours 2 Vario Work Wellingtons
Best dog walking boot for comfort
If you're looking for a truly comfortable pair of boots, then these wellies from Aigle should do the trick. It has a wide width, is waterproof and features an extremely durable and tough sole. Aside from being comfortable, it additionally has a brilliant grip.
Pros: Anti-fatigue, grip to calves, waterproof and adjustable
Cons: Can run slightly big
Review: "Bought in a rush after my old wellies developed a leak late on a Sunday afternoon just as the shops were closing. With a dog who needs walking come rain or shine, I needed a pair of comfy but robust wellies that can cope with hills and fields as well as the usual streets and parks. These certainly can and they were well worth the extra money, absolutely no regrets about buying these. I find the grip to be better than other boots I've had, even in thick mud I don't feel unstable."
Salomon Men's Quest Prime Gore Tex High Hiking Shoes
Best dog walking boot for hiking
These are ideal for dog walks as well as long hikes, so if you like to get out in nature quite a bit, these shoes are the ones for you. Despite being waterproof and sturdy they're also fairly lightweight and compact making them easy to carry and transport around.
Pros: Lightweight, tie-up, waterproof
Cons: Not suitable for muddy walks
Review: "I bought these boots for hiking in Scotland and they were great. They are a great fit and very comfortable and supportive. also Lighter than expected. Highly recommend them."
Hunter Women's Play Short Speckle Wellington Boots
Best dog walking boot for colour
If you don't want your boots to be a typical monochrome colour, this product by Hunter is available in three different bright colours. They're waterproof, incredibly comfortable and feature a non-slip sole. Hunter is known for their high-quality materials so you know they'll last.
Pros: Trusted brand, fashionable, platform sole
Cons: Quite heavy on the foot
Review: "Great boots so comfortable and stylish! Brought my actual size and fitted perfectly."
Joules Women's Wellibob Rain Boot
Best dog walking boots for rainy conditions
When it comes to the UK's weather, the only thing we can be sure of is that it's unpredictable. These boots are brilliant for rainy conditions, as they ensure your feet will be kept dry and protected.
Pros: Perfect everyday shoes, completely waterproof, great design
Cons: Fluffy sole may not suit summer walks
Review: "I just love my new wellies, I bought a size bigger as I wanted to wear large thermal socks inside, although the lining is perfect to keep you warm, I do a lot of work on our allotment and am looking forward to wearing these together with my new fork and spade I expect to have a bumper crop. These wellies are so good-looking I could wear them for walks, even shopping, love them."
Mountain Warehouse Adventurer Mens Boots
Best Mountain Warehouse dog walking boots
Mountain Warehouse has been around for years and their walking boots pair up as the perfect dog walking boots. These ones are sturdy and lace-up, fitting the more advanced dog walker who also might like a hike or two.
Pros: Waterproof, mesh-lined for breathability, deep lugs for stability
Cons: Not an everyday shoe
Review: "The fit was perfect. Walked miles in them without even noticing they were new shoes! Highly recommended."
Barbour Wilton Chelsea Wellington Boots, Black
Best chelsea dog walking boots
Chelsea boots work well for those dog walkers who want an everyday shoe that they can even wear around town and on days out. A Barbour Chelsea boot works well because they look fashionable but also has the stability to sustain long walks.
Pros: Fashionable, sturdy rubber, affordable
Cons: May take time to get used to
Review: "These small Wellington boots are brilliant for dog walking, gardening and doing quick jobs outside - especially in summer. Easy to put on and take off. Easy to clean. Love them. True to size."
Salomon X Reveal Men's Hiking Shoes
Best dog walking shoes for summer
Don't need a pair of wellies or boots? Dog walking shoes can be a better option. These Salomon X Hiking shoes are comfortable and lightweight without having the intensity of a wellington boot. They're a great option for summer when you won't be in puddles.
Pros: Lightweight, extra cushioning
Cons: Not as suitable for rainy weather
Review: "These are the third pair of Salomon walking shoes I have owned. I have found the fit to be ideal for my feet. Very comfy and have happy feet."