The weather report is no different then yesterday’s…over 100 degrees, sunny and no sign of rain. You’re furry best friend is wondering when she will be going out for those long walks again. Just think, if it feels hot to you think about having a fur coat strapped to your back. But when is it too hot for your dog to stay outside for extended periods of time and exercise?
After running on the Katy Trail this morning there were a few reminder signs about looking after your pet. The best one sounded something like this: If it’s too hot to walk barefoot on the path then it’s too hot for your dog. Many people forget about the heat coming from concrete. We all are lucky to wear some type of shoes to protect our toes, but dogs do not. Unless there is a summer dog sandle that’s coming on the market soon!
Also, hydration is key. Dogs do not sweat like us, they simply cool themselves by panting and have a small amount of sweat that comes from their paws and nose. So keeping them hydrated is key. Don’t forget to always bring water for yourself as well!
If your dog loves to run with you stick to the early mornings. It is much more hot in the evenings then in the morning, after the sun has been gone to allow the ground to cool slightly. And if your dog is not much of a runner but still needs to burn some energy be sure to play with her inside your house. Use a larger area for fetch or tug a war. If you’re feeling the effects of summertime cabin fever, just think about what your dog is feeling as well.
So keep the puppies cool and don’t forget about their active needs by playing with them indoors. Start early in the mornings for outdoor runs and play! You and your dog will feel great to accomplish your workout first thing in the morning.