I needed to find a wax-based product for my small dog, who recently underwent surgery for degenerative disk disease. After scouring the internet over the course of a few days, Paw Guard was the only wax-based product that was organic (if you dog licks or eats it, it's perfectly safe), made especially for hardwood floors in addition to inclement weather, and wouldn't stain carpets and other surfaces (the last one was especially tricky, as other wax-based products of this kind can stain surfaces). I also love that I can use this product for my older dog, who has a series of hip problems and has trouble on hardwood floors. Putting the wax on your dog's paws is extremely easy - you can either put their paw directly into the wax pad, or use a small bit on your finger and apply it to each paw pad. It dries in a few seconds, and it significantly helps my dogs get around on all types of surfaces. I haven't had a chance to try it out in the winter, but it's safe to say that this is a good product for many types of ailments that prevent dogs from getting around due to age or other factors.