Save a little when you buy the medium size. I can almost make it through the season on one can.
I seldom need protection from snow and ice, but I use Musher's Secret on my dogs pads when we run in the sand. I find it protects there feet the same way that waxing my boots makes them last longer. Musher's Secret is easy to use and I prefer it over boots as long as there are no sand spurs.
On long trips I use it to make sure my dogs feet hold up for the entire hunt. It's a great product.
We're looking at Mushers Secret today. It's one of my favorite products for dog pads. Dogs' pads are really the most important part about them from a running standpoint. You've got to have them in good condition. You've got to have them where they can hold up under a lot of pressure.
I do a lot of hunting in really dry environments, so I deal with a lot of sand. Mushers Secret was originally designed for dogs to run in the snow. The concept behind it was that you'd put the Musher Secret, a wax type product, in between the pads and it would keep snow and ice from forming inside the dog's pads. That was the original design for it.
But what I use it for is to condition the pads so that they can be protected from sand burn. It's not uncommon if I have a dog whose pads are not in good shape at the beginning of the season for them to blow a pad. That's where the top of the pad gets ripped off and you are down for about two weeks if your pads come apart like that.
So Musher Secret, to me, the best way to explain it, it's kind of like waxing a boot. It keeps the pads strong and supple. That's just really what it feels like. I put in on my dogs prior to running them. When you get through after an hour, hour and a half, when you look at the pads you can just see the difference between them. Like I said, the best way to describe it is taking a pair of boots and they are dried out, old, and they are going to crack. Pads will do the exact same thing. So Mushers Secret is a great product for that. I use it especially early in the season and it keeps my dogs' pads in great shape.
"I would suggest this to anyone planning to do any late season hunting, or even having a dog outdoors during the winter."
Hunts. Family pet. I just wanted to share with anyone considering this product for snow use...that it's extremely effective! I was able to try it out for the first time this weekend here in Southern MN. The snow was just above freezing, causing it to ball up on the back of my Springer's legs in golf ball sized clumps. I put this on her paws on the way out of the truck...just a little on each foot making sure to get it between each toe.
We spent a good 3 hours running through the snow and at the end of it, she had 2 clumps of snow, smaller than the size of a pea on one of her paws...that's it! It was amazing. Last year as a pup, she would get big clumps of snow between each toe just playing in the back yard. I would suggest this to anyone planning to do any late season hunting, or even having a dog outdoors during the winter.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2929 Reviewed: 2011-12-05 Featured Review
Hunts. Before this product, I tried a number of boots and had poor results for various reasons. After finding mushers secret on gundogsupply.com I wouldn't go without. I apply this to my dog's pads during the cold winters of Wisconsin before any outdoor hunting or activity. It keeps his pads protected and healthy. It prevents his pads from drying out and developing cuts/splitting.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 3235 Reviewed: 2012-11-28 Featured Review
"Protected their feet incredibly well, leading to no foot soreness at all"
Taking my labs to South Dakota has always meant sore feet for them transitioning to chasing pheasants in the fields there, from Waterfowl hunting in Wisconsin. Leading even to limited hunting time. None of my dogs have tolerated boots well. This year, mushers secret changed that. It protected their feet incredibly well...leading to no foot soreness at all after three long days afield!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 5022 Reviewed: 2013-11-05 Featured Review
"Gator used to get abrasions on his paws from the gravel roads and broken ice! Since we started using Musher's his paws stay healthy!"
Hunts. Gator used to get abrasions on his paws from the gravel roads and broken ice! Since we started using Musher's his paws stay healthy! They don't get dry and cracked. In the summertime he is more tolerant of pavements. All around, year round, I recommend Musher's for every paw!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 6019 Reviewed: 2013-12-03 Featured Review
"It did not affect any home flooring or ability to walk on floors after use in the field. This product did what it promised."
Hunts. Family pet. Product works well in the tough Wisconsin winters running the dog on snow and ice. It prevents snowballing and reduces cuts from ice, as the pads stay flexible. It did not affect any home flooring or ability to walk on floors after use in the field. This product did what it promised.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 9650 Reviewed: 2014-04-03 Featured Review
"We've had a tough winter. This was a great find."
Family pet. Works great. Rub into Kate's pad 2 times daily as we prep for our walk, and she rarely shows any sign of discomfort or sore paws.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 7699 Reviewed: 2014-01-27
"My dog Willy was fussy about me putting it on his paws at first, but he soon realized the benefits, and sits patiently while I apply before heading out on the salty/snowy sidewalks and streets for our daily walk."
Family pet. This product is great. My dog Willy was fussy about me putting it on his paws at first, but he soon realized the benefits, and sits patiently while I apply before heading out on the salty/snowy sidewalks and streets for our daily walk. OK...I'll fess up, I use it on my hands after apply to his paws. It's great. Willy does actually go to work everyday with me. He has his own job to do. Attend to the shop people and any visiting guests. Oh, the UPS man is his favorite.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 7604 Reviewed: 2014-01-23
"This product is non greasy and easy to use. If I could give it 10 stars I would."
Competes. This product works great! We use our German Shepard to do a lot of tracking at night on and off leash, and she finds her subject every single time. The one thing we don't have to worry about are her paws getting raw. This product is non greasy and easy to use. If I could give it 10 stars I would.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 11074 Reviewed: 2014-05-26
Family pet. Our 10 year old Brittany has dementia, and he has some major sensory issues. Sometimes it hurts walking on concrete/asphalt...and the snow will ball up in his paw pads making walking painful too. Immediately after applying this, he was no longer limping while walking across the street. Lasted about two weeks before needing to reapply. We haven't had snow since applying it, but I expect positive results as well.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 16439 Reviewed: 2014-12-08
Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Great product. For some reason, my Setters get almost instant snow/ice balls between their pads whenever I run them in the snow. Gooping this stuff all over the pads and in between the pads truly does mitigate the snow and ice build up. My dogs don't do boots, so this stuff opens up a lot of options for a Minnesota Grouse and Pheasant hunter in Nov/Dec! I strongly recommend the product.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 16323 Reviewed: 2014-12-05
Hunts. Family pet. So far so good. I was having problems with my dog getting salt burn on his feet. A few applications of Musher's Secret, and it seems to have taken care of the problem. I also like to apply a liberal amount before upland hunting in snow. It keeps the ice buildup to a minimum.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 8312 Reviewed: 2014-02-17
Jack Russels. Owns 2 dogs. Family pet. Both Molly and Finnegan no longer squirm when I apply the Mushers. They seem to know that when they go out, their paws will not sting from the salt and that they will not limp back into the house.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 6743 Reviewed: 2013-12-27
"We were out for over an hour and no problem at all."
Black Lab Mix and Jack Russell. Competes. Put mushers secret on before our hike in the recent snow. We were out for over an hour and no problem at all. Not one time did we have to stop to clean out paws. Both dogs seemed fine after our hike.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 7170 Reviewed: 2014-01-08
Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Works great. My dogs don't have issues with their paws. While my hunting buddies dogs, who don't use mushers secret, struggle with cuts and bleeding and discomfort with ice and snow. Worth every penny.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 7328 Reviewed: 2014-01-14
Used it in South Dakota terrain--corn, milo, and grass; no snow, some mud. My dog's feet didn't appear to be as sore as in previous years. Also rubbed some on the outside of his ears to help keep burrs, etc. from sticking to the ears.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 3807 Reviewed: 2013-10-18
"Paws had some dryness and cracking which went away after a couple of applications."
Brittany. Hunts. I do not have much experience with paw protector products, but Musher's Secret seems to be working well. Paws had some dryness and cracking which went away after a couple of applications. Now applying it every few days to maintain moisture. I live in Northern Ontario, this winter will test the products cold weather effectiveness.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 4368 Reviewed: 2013-10-25
My dog always got snowballs stuck in between his pads, and this seems to help keep them out. We haven't had a lot of snow, so I haven't given it the true test, but I really like this product and love that it's all natural.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 7620 Reviewed: 2014-01-24
"I was hoping that it would also do a good job on the top of the toes."
Seems to work pretty good on the pads, but I was hoping that it would also do a good job on the top of the toes. It is better than nothing, but after a week of hunting (and daily application), still ended up with raw toes and exposed skin. Worth a try, but was hoping for a little better results.
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 5020 Reviewed: 2013-11-05
GSP. Hunts. Family pet. I used this Musher's Secret on my GSP during a 3-day pheasant hunt in South Dakota. To test it, we did not use the product on another GSP in our group. I was hoping that Musher's Secret would prevent the sores caused by hunting slough grass and crop fields. At the end of the 3 days, there was no difference between the condition of the two dog's feet. The product does not bother the dogs and had no negative effect, but did not prevent foot pad abrasions for these specific conditions. I still gave it 3 stars because it was tested in some of hardest hunting conditions a dog's feet endures. Also, keep in mind that Gun Dog Supply is recommending it for sand burn, which I cannot comment on.
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 4363 Reviewed: 2013-10-25
"I use Musher's Secret on my dogs pads when we run in the sand." -Steve Snell
Video of Mushers Secret All-Natural Paw Protection -- 200g
Mushers Secret is a dense barrier wax that forms a breathable bond with your dog's paws. Developed in Canada for use as a pad protector for sledding dogs, it provides protection even in the most extreme conditions. Perfect for dogs who don't like boots on their feet!
Made from 100% safe and natural waxes, Musher's Secret won't stain carpet, is non-toxic, never goes bad, and is easy to use. The semi-permeable shield is absorbed into the paws, allowing perspiration to escape through the toes. Excellent for preventing snowballing and saltburn on your dog's toes in the winter and protects paws against sandburn and hot asphalt in summer. Apply a small amount on and in-between your dog's toes. If snowballing re-occurs, just reapply. Wipe off excess after use.
Also can be used for protection and soothing relief from fly bitten ears, open sores, cracked toes, nicks, scratches, and burns. Just apply a small amount to the affected area as needed.