Protect your Dog’s Paws on Trail: Musher’s Secret Paw Rub

A good paw rub or wax is a must have for hiking with your dog. Musher’s Secret is one of the more popular waxes on the market.

Keep your dog’s paw pads healthy with high mileage with a paw wax. Musher’s Secret protects dog pads across all 4 seasons.

Musher’s Secret paw rub addresses:

  • Dry or cracked paws
  • Protection from hot pavement
  • Protection from hot sand
  • Protects against ice build up in pad
  • Speeds up healing process by keeping dirt and debris out of a wound
Photo of a chocolate lab dog in the grass with mushers secret paw rub wax
Toby loves his nightly paw rub

Apply Musher’s Secret before you need it!

The biggest mistake people make when using it is to apply it after their dog is showing signs of injury. Apply it early, often, and before your dog needs it!

The secret behind Musher’s Secret

Musher’s Secret is made of 100% natural waxes, white and vegetable oil, and vitamin E. These waxes lubricate the pad by creating a semi-permeable wax shield.

Mushers Secret ingredients

These ingredients are also safe for dogs, meaning if you catch your dog licking their paws, its no big deal. They include White and Yellow Beeswax, Carnauba, and Candelilla wax.

Most of us have heard of White and Yellow Beeswax, but where on Earth do Carnauba and Candelilla wax come from? For starters, they are both vegan!

Carnauba Wax

Carnauba is also known as Brazil or Palm wax, and it grows in northeastern Brazil.  Palm wax grows on a palm plant that produces the wax on leaves during hot, dry weather as a natural barrier from the elements. This wax has one of the highest melting points of all natural waxes. Palm wax offers a great layer of protection.

Candelilla Wax

Candelilla (little candle) comes a small shrub from northern Mexico and the southwestern US.  Now when you trek with your dog, it’s as if your pooch has already transformed into a world traveler! Candelilla wax is easily absorbed into paw pads and is rich in nutrients. This wax also creates a barrier to prevent moisture loss.

Application while hiking

If you are both hiking with high mileage, a daily application is a good idea. A nightly Musher’s Secret application will keep pads hydrated and smooth. Your dog will also get a free paw rub every day!

How to apply Musher’s Secret

Application is very easy! Spread a small amount evenly across your dog’s pads and up in the cracks and crevices between their toes. Offering treats while you apply is a good way to keep them distracted. Treats also help prevent your dog from licking off the wax before it absorption.

Photo of dog paw with mushers secret paw rub wax on grass

Night-time application is highly recommended

Night time application is the best for most situations. Here’s why: your dog has more time to soak in all the benefits of the wax.

If you have been hiking all day with your dog, it may be easier to get them to stay off their paws. If you can plan around that earlier in the day, good on ya!

Settle down

Plan to be settled for a while when you apply the paw rub. If you can, keep your dog from wiping off or licking the salve until there is enough time for absorption.

Grab some Musher’s Secret for your next hike!

Protect your dog’s pads with dog boots

Another option is to look at dog booties! It’s a good idea to carry a pair with you as backup just in case your dog gets a paw injury. Check out a full dog hiking gear list if interested!


A friendly disclaimer: This article was not written by a veterinarian. Information provided is for informational purposes only – not a substitute for professional or qualified advice.

You should always consult your own veterinarian and follow their advice before making decisions on all matters.

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