How I Put Lewis Dog Boots on my Bird Dogs

Dog boots can be a really important piece of gear to carry with you in the field.  They are especially important if you travel to hunt.  I have seen places that you could hunt without boots one year and then turn around the next year and the exact same spot is so full of sand spurs that it shuts down even the toughest of bird dogs.  Many trips have been ruined because hunters didn’t carry the right gear to protect their dogs feet.

We have used the Lewis Vented Dog Boots for years in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and the Dakotas on our bird dogs.

They are perfect for protecting your dog’s feet from sand burrs, rocks, sand burn, and gravel.  They can also be used to protect and injured foot or sore pad.  I have been able to hunt with a dog that had torn pads before by putting their boots on.  It makes a big difference.

The Lewis boots are made of tire tread rubber with a tread on the sole for increased traction.

The Lewis boots  are one of my favorite choices of dogs boots because

they hold up really well especially in sandy conditions.

Make sure you measure correctly.  I would prefer the boots to be a little big than too small.

They aren’t easy to put on or take off.

First cut the back tab of the front boots so it sits below his carpal pad.  You do not need to cut the back boots.

We keep them on the feet with duct tape.  It is very important to  use high quality duct tape only.  This is not a product you want to go cheap on.

I use pieces that are around 6 or 7 inches long depending on the size of the dog.

We put a band of tape around the dogs ankle sticky side out.  This tape sticks to the inside of the boot.  Place it so 75% of the tape will be inside the boot and 25% will be above the boot.

Then put the boot on the dog.

Next  wrap one piece around the outside of the boot so that 75% is on the boot and 25% is above the boot stuck to the sticky side of the first piece of tape.

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We haven’t found a dog boot yet that will turn prickly pear cactus needles. We have added several layers of duct tape around each nylon or

rubber dog boot while hunting in prickly pear country.  It’s amazing what cactus spines can go through.

These boots will stop all of the sand spurs.  Most dogs have to learn to avoid the cactus.

At the end of the day I carefully cut the tape at the side seam with a pair of scissors.  I cut both the inner piece of tape and the out piece of tape at the same time.  The  boot will easily pop right off the foot now.

Under no circumstances should you leave boots on your dog over night.  It’s very important t check your dogs feet for any rubbing from the boot or from any damage that the boot may have covered up in the field.  Cactus can go through the boot and break off where you can’t see it inside the boot.

Dogs “sweat”out of their feet and it’s important that they have plenty of air on their feet.

After you have checked the dog, remove all the tape from the boots.

The last thing to do is carefully check the inside of the boot for any hidden pieces of cactus.  Go real slow.  It hurts if you find one the hard way. – Steve

Email Question – How Many Dogs Can You Track with the Garmin Astro?

I recently spoke to a distributor with intent to purchase the Garmin Astroand he told me that my hunting party could only use (1) hand help gps unit to track up to 10 different dogs.  This concerns me.  I wanted the ability for all 4 of my hunting buddies to be able to track all of the dogs.  Was the distributor telling the truth????
 M. S.


Thanks for contacting Gun Dog Supply.  The Astro handheld can track up to 10 dogs.  If you and your guys are only running 10 dogs at one time, you can all track each others dogs.  You can use an unlimited number of Handheld Astro Receivers to track these dogs. 

The Astro DC 30 Collar is like a small radio station.  As long as you know the channel it is broadcasting on and you are in range, you can pick it up.

If you run more than 10 dogs you would not be able to track them all at one time from the same unit.

If you run less than 10 dogs, you can all track from your hand held and still have room to add more dogs at any time.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  We do appreciate your business.


Steve Snell
Gun Dog Supply –

New Garmin Alpha GPS Collar + E-Collar (Tri-tronics)

The original Garmin Alpha: both a dog training collar AND a dog tracking collar…


Good discussions here
When Garmin bought the Tri-tronics dog training collar company, we knew a GPS + Ecollar was in the works, we just didn’t know when. Now announcing the state-of-the-art Garmin Alpha. You can track and train your dog on the same screen from a single hand held unit. You can track your friends’ handhelds, know when your dog is out of gun range, see your dog is running too big before he gets too far and more. The Garmin Alpha is expandable up to 20 dog and uses a touch screen instead of multi-dog toggle switches. Each dogs’ setting are customizable and easily accessible. There is a rescue mode and longer battery life to ensure no more lost dogs and a 2.5 second update rate means you’ll know twice as fast when your dog is in birds or treeing prey.


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  1. Karen Rynearson, Shawn Dunlap Nierstheimer and 226 others like this.
  2. Kpw Lee very impressive product
  3. Tina Perron Pretty cool!
  4. Jason Waterhouse Can the alpha track our exisiting dc-30 and dc-40 collars?
  5. Shane Geno It said in the vidio that they do not track the dc collers
  6. Gun Dog Supply Yeah… The ALPHA is NOT compatible any other Garmin Astro or Tri-tronics collars. We wouldn’t have the faster 2.5 second update rate AND we wouldn’t have the 20-dog expandability if the ALPHA was backwards compatible with any other systems.
  7. Jason Waterhouse That kinda stinks in a way.I have 7 DC-30 collars and 1 DC-40 Wish I could track them with the alpha.Thanks for the info.
  8. Fully Loaded English Kennels Well I guess the 320 I just bought will be my new back up system
  9. Shane Geno What is the price of the alpha with three collers through gun dog supply?
  10. Fully Loaded English Kennels But will UKC allow you to use it in a hunt? They banned the Tek 1 unit in comp hunts.
  11. Juan Pena will previous models without the training attachment be phased out?
  12. Gun Dog Supply I don’t believe so. Garmin is a GPS company first.
  13. Steve Horton I’ll be interested when they add a beeper.
  14. Georgia Hunter We’ve had ours for 2 seasons, awesome for big running dogs. It will save a dog from getting lost and the owner from a nervous breakdown!!
  15. Steve Snell ‎Shane Geno the 3 dog set up is $1399.97
  16. Garmin ALPHA 3-Dog
  17. www.gundogsupply.comGarmin ALPHA 3-Dog. Comes With: 1 Alpha 100 handheld Rechargeable li-ion pack …See More
  18. Steve Snell ‎Steve Horton – I don’t see a beeper getting added – there just isn’t enough room. Some folks want it but I’m not sure it is possible.
  19. Cheryl Applebaum Oh no… something ELSE we will drool over! :O
  20. Freeman Hardin Ok, now my $600.00 Astro with the extra $200.00 collar is now obsolete!!
  21. Corey Ellegood Defntly getting me one of these for my hunting dog since he’s new to hunting can’t wait!!!
  22. Brad Preas Garmin needs to work the kinks out of their existing products instead of trying to continue develop new gear. They are alienating customers! I own the 320 with dc 40’s and it is great when it is working but I am not overly impressed with it. Thank goodness i kept my Wildlife box and Johnson collars!
  23. Gun Dog Supply ‎Freeman — Not obsolete! 🙂 It’s like buying any technology, the moment you buy it you know the next model is already in development.
  24. William Harper ‎@brad you’re unit is burned up.
  25. John Robert Williamson Can a burned up unit be fixed?
  26. Sharon Maynard Watson I think this is a very good idea.
  27. Sharon Maynard Watson You can get a vet to put a tracking device just under the skin. And it is a tracking device.
  28. Gun Dog Supply MIcrochipping dogs is a good idea, but you have to be pretty close to that chip to read it. Would be nice if THOSE things had a “nine mile” range. — Rob
  29. Lynn Garrett-Stephens You have to actually scan the chip to read a number, then call that particular chip company for the owner info. You can’t GPS track your dogs.
  30. Lynn Garrett-Stephens I should add, you can track with a collar, but not with the microchip the vet administers…