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Monday Mischief: 10 Tips for Walking Dogs In Extreme Heat

25 Jul

MM 7.25.16

The incredible heat wave that is blanketing the United States continues. It is impossible to be outside for very long. Louise doesn’t care how hot it is, she still wants to go for her twice daily walks.

Here are my tips for taking your dog out in extreme heat:

  • Walk early or late. Before the heat builds up.

  • Know your dog, especially if they have those cute smushy flat faces, like pugs. Breathing can be hard on them in the heat. Heavy set dogs like Sofie with her massive coat of fur, should be outside for only short periods (20 minutes maximum).

  • Dogs don’t sweat. Make sure to keep them hydrated. Check their gums and skin for signs of dehydration.

  • Dogs cool from their paws and belly. Don’t waste water on the top of them.

  • Jump from one shady spot to the next trying to avoid as much sunny street as possible. If you can’t go from shade to shade then try to walk on dirt or grass or at least move quickly.

  • The dog understands that it is hot and will be fine with a shorter than normal stroll. (Or so I try to convince Louise.)

  • Do regular paw checks. Hot paws are bad. Cool paws are good. Water down the paws immediately if hot. Touch your dogs paws at home to get a sense of what they feel like temperature wise when normal.

  • We tend to take sit breaks in the shade, on the grass or dirt if we can. Sofie likes to dig down to the cool stuff. As long as it is not in someone’s yard, I let her dig away.

  • Room temperature water is much better to bring than ICE. On a hot day, ice is toooo cold and could have a negative effect. Use your water bottle to cool paws and drink.

  • Stay close to home. This way if you see the furry struggling, you can get home lickety split (aka – fast).

Sofie wants to plant herself next to the sunflowers and not move. Sounds like a plan to me!

What COOL mischief did you get into today?

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Posted by on July 25, 2016 in Dogs

 

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6 responses to “Monday Mischief: 10 Tips for Walking Dogs In Extreme Heat

  1. easyweimaraner

    July 25, 2016 at 01:16

    we walk in the earliest morning, before my paws will stick on the pavement … sadly all other dog walkers have the same idea and we have a morning concert now efurry day LOL

     
    • dogdaz

      July 25, 2016 at 04:46

      Oh my a howling in the wee hours

       
  2. Groovy Goldendoodles

    July 25, 2016 at 12:49

    Cool advice #punintended! Charleston has been super hot – we walk as early as possible, but the Boys aren’t too interested in eating before dawn. After dinner I will walk only one block because the sidewalk is still pretty hot, then we rush to the backyard and play because the sun has started to go down. They don’t like to poop in the backyard – hence the short walk first.

     
    • dogdaz

      July 25, 2016 at 16:39

      Lulu is the same. She must have her walk, even if short. Stay cool #punintended2!

       
  3. phh6462014

    July 26, 2016 at 11:12

    Walk as early as possible. I never thought about the hot surface on their paws. I didn’t realize that dogs cooled through their paws.

     
    • dogdaz

      July 26, 2016 at 11:16

      Glad you know now! Hot feet hurt.

       

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