It’s super hot right now. Here are 5 things you need to remember when walking your dog in the summer heat.
Tucker LOVES to go walking. I love taking him, but when it is as hot as it is right now — almost 100 degrees with a heat index of 105, I have to take major precautions.
There are 5 things that I always try to make sure to do when I take him walking.
5 Things to Remember When Walking Your Dog In the Summer
#1 Check the Pavement
Last year, my husband and I went to an outdoor event for a fishing tournament. There was a man there who had his dog on the leash and he was digging through his truck. His poor dog couldn’t even stand still because the pavement was scorching. The temperature outside was 90 degrees.
I stood there for a second and then I hollered out at the guy — “Hey — your dog’s feet are burning up! Put him in the grass.” He did of course, but that got me to thinking, how many people actually pay attention to the pavement?
Anytime I am going to walk Tucker, I always go outside first and check the pavement. Barefoot and all, I will stand out where the sun has been baking the pavement and check how hot it is.
If it is too hot, we still go walking, but I make sure to walk him in the grass. This assures me that his feet will not scorch and his pads will not burn.
#2 Always Walk Your Dog on a Leash
In the fall, let Tucker off of his leash a lot and let him walk, but during the summer, I keep him on a leash all the time. With the weather being super hot, I cannot afford letting him run off — especially when the temps are close to 100 degree.
One of my new favorite leashes is the Dial-a-Distance from Thunderworks. Retractable leashes like this one are great for giving Tucker some space to roam about.
I can also stop him on a dime if danger is lurking near — like a car or another dog coming too close.
The Dial-a-Distance leash lets you decide how far they can go. I really like that it has the capability of going from 0 feet, all the way to 15 feet.
Another great leash that is one of my favorites is the Thundersnap leash — which is a quick release built right in.
ThunderSnap uses powerful magnets and a strong ball-bearing latch mechanism to quickly and securely connect to any collar – Simply pull the grey slide down to release! Tested to over 500 lbs of pull force.
I will note that the slide is a bit weighted so for little guys like Tucker, I cannot leave it on his collar for very long — but for medium and big sized dogs, you can leave the slide on and quickly connect your leash whenever you want to go.
#3 Take a Collapsible Water Bowl With You
Dogs get thirsty when they walk — just like people do, so be sure and take along a collapsible water bowl on your walk. You can clip it to your leash so you won’t have to pack it.
#4 Take Shorter Walks in the Summer
When the weather is hot — take shorter walks. Don’t try and get all 10,000 of those steps in during a 100 degree heat wave — especially if your dog is with you.
Since dogs need exercise, keep their walk to about 10-15 minutes and then bring them back inside. If you want to go walking longer, that’s fine, but they need to only walk for a short period.
#5 Walk in the Evenings or Early Mornings
If you want to beat the heat, my best advice is to go really early in the morning, or really late in the evenings. That way, the heat is not as bad and both you and your dog will have a more enjoyable walk.
Now that you know what my best tips are for walking your dog in the summer, what is your best tips? I would love to hear them!
Thanks to Thunderworks for sending me the above mentioned leashes. All opinions are 100% my own.