When the sun shines and the temperature begins to heat up, there’s nothing better than getting outside and embracing the summer. You might want to go for a walk, you might want to chill in the park, or you might even want to make your way to the beach. Because you get the chance to make the most of the weather, you can often feel guilty if you have to leave your dog behind. So, dog owners often take their pooches into the sun and let them enjoy the fresh breeze and the sun on their backs. But how do you know when it’s too hot to take your dog for a walk?
Too hot to handle
When the temperature racks up, humans don their sandals and shorts and head out in the open to make the most of it. However, dogs don’t quite have that same luxury. They often have thick fur and they don’t have any shoes to protect their feet - which means that they probably won’t enjoy the heat as much as you. In fact, the sun can often be too hot to handle for these pooches, and they can suffer the consequences. From overheating to burnt paws, you have to take more care of your dog when the temperature begins to rise.
The trick of the trade
If you are making your way outside and want to take your dog with you, it’s best to weigh up your options and weigh up the situation. If you feel warm as you step out the door, just think of how your dog will feel. Ask yourself whether you think it’s too hot, and to make sure you don’t put your dog in danger, make use of the trick of the trade. One of the best ways to know if the pavement is too hot for your dog is to place the back of your hand on the pavement. If the heat coming from the pavement is too hot for you to keep it there for five seconds, then it’s way too hot for your dog. So, keep them inside.
Of course, it’s not all about the heat of the pavement. The sun and the humidity can also have an effect on your dog, which means that you need to keep note of their movements and their actions. If they begin to pant excessively or start walking in a strange manner, it may be that they are overheated. If this is the case, it’s important that you go through the motions to cool them down in a safe and effective manner.
Cooling them down
One of the best ways to cool your dog down on a hot day is to place your dog in the bath and run a cool (not cold) shower with the plug in. This way, the water will not only fall onto your dog's body, but it will also keep them in the water as they stand in the bathtub. Massage your dog’s legs to maintain constant blood circulation, and keep them company.
Always remember the hand trick when the weather starts to heat up.