We’ve got summer dog walking tips today. You all know we prefer winter, but summer comes every year and we have to be prepared. There are many dangers out in the world in the summer, and you should be prepared when you walk your dog.
Summer Dog Walking Tips
Watch Those Paws
Our paws are always in danger in the summertime. Precious puppy paws are even in more danger since they are new and the pads haven’t been exposed to much yet. Asphalt gets so very hot in the sunshine! When Olivia goes on a short walk during the hot part of the day, Mom keeps her on the cement between the curb and asphalt to protect her delicate paws, or sometimes she prefers to bound along in the grass. Remember to that puppies should only be doing short walks in the first place.
Bailie and I will often walk on grass or shaded trails in the midday to stay cool. If you must walk on hot asphalt, be sure your pup has footwear to keep them from burning their paw pads.
Short dogs also get overheated quickly from walking on asphalt. The heat radiates up, and they are so close to the ground. Always pay attention to how hot the asphalt really is.
Be Wary Of Water
Swimming is a great way for pups to cool off on a hot day. Even on early morning walks we will sometimes stop to take a dip in a stream to get our furs wet. Wet furs keep us cool. Make sure the water is safe before letting your dog swim. Blue algae can kill a dog very quickly. We are only allowed to swim in small streams, creeks, and a few real clear bodies of water. Moving water is often safer than standing bodies of water.
When dogs get too warm, they want to drink water. Don’t let your dog drink from puddles or water running down the gutter on the street from sprinklers. The water may be full of chemicals, oil from cars, and other garbage. If you think your dog will need water bring some along with you.
Beat The Heat
Our favorite thing is our early morning walks all year round. By walking early, you will beat the heat. We also walk in the early evening when the sun has started to go down.
If you prefer a midday walk, try walking in the woods where there is ample shade to keep your pup a bit cooler.
Always keep an eye on your dog. If they appear to be overheated, stop walking, find a shady place and let them rest up for a bit.
By taking a few simple, common sense precautions, summertime walks can be fun and safe for you and your furry friend!
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