Ideally, your pup will have at least one walk per day to get out excess energy and stay trim and lean. However, walking dogs in summer heat can be potentially dangerous. That's especially true for senior dogs, puppies, and more heat sensitive breeds. Keep your dog safe and healthy with the following guidelines for helping your pup manage summer heat on his daily walks.
1. Take shorter
While your dog may love a long walk in milder temperatures, it might simply be too hot for a full 40-60-minute stroll around the neighborhood during the summer. More frequent but shorter walks can be easier on your dog. The morning and evening hours will be the best times for your dog to take a walk, since temperatures will be cooler. If you're having a hard time fitting this adjusted walking schedule into your routine, a dedicated dog walker can help.
2. Provide plenty of
water while walking dogs in summer heat.
During the summer, you should always have fresh, cool water available for your pet. However, after a walk it's particularly important to fill your dog's water bowl. You might even provide water during walks using a collapsible bowl if your pup tends to get extra thirsty while exercising.
3. Look for signs of
When you're walking dogs in summer heat, you should pay close attention to their behavior. Look for signs of heat-related illness, such as excessive panting, slowed movements, vomiting, or confusion. If your pet seems too hot, find some shade and offer water to help cool off before heading back home.
4. Know when it’s too hot for a walk.
Many pet owners are surprised how quickly it can become too hot for a dog walk. Once temperatures are over 70 degrees and the weather is sunny, aging dogs and obese or flat-faced pets may become uncomfortable. When temperatures are over 85 degrees, all dog breeds will start to feel the heat while walking. Above 90 degrees, it's best to wait until temperatures are cooler before putting on the leash. An easy rule to follow is to avoid a walk if the pavement is too hot for you to touch with your bare hand for at least 10 seconds. If it's too hot for your hands, it's too hot for paws.
WaggnTails Pet Care can help you keep your dog fit and healthy in any season with flexible dog walking options
ranging from 20-minute potty breaks to 50-minute power walks. Every dog walk includes filling water bowls, administering approved treats and medications, and plenty of affection for your four-legged friend.