Updated: Sep 15, 2018
Dogs need activity, they need to walk, run, and play. They need social interaction with other dogs, other people, and especially their owners. Taking your dog out for a walk is a great way to get your dog all the benefits of exercising, here are some things that you should remember to help you get the most out of taking your dog for a stroll.
1.The ground is hot! On hot sunny days, the temperature of concrete can easily rise past 100 degrees, and it can be hard for people to notice because people usually wear shoes when they walk outside of their houses, but dogs have no such luxury. There is a solution however, you could always buy some doggy boots to protect you pups precious paw pads.
2. Keep your dog hydrated! Dehydration can be a very serious or even fatal problem, and on a hot day the chances of your pooch dehydrating is magnified. Remember to take water for your dog with you on your walk and if you want to be extra diligent you can give your dog oral electrolytes like V-Hydrate.
3. Avoid the sun! The sun can be brutal for your dog so it’s best to try and not have your dog do any strenuous activities under the blistering sun without any shade, but even if you do have a shady spot, at some point you are going to have to leave the safety of the shade and walk home. This is why it may be a good idea to save all your dog walking for the hours when the sun is setting, or rising.
4. Dogs with flat faces are prone to overheating!
Some dogs with flat faces have respiratory issues due to their noses not being able to breath as much as their long-faced cousins. The shortened head and flat face breeds like pugs, Chihuahuas, and bulldogs, are called brachiocephalic breeds. It would be wise to leave your French bull dogs and your Shih Tzu at home on extremely hot days.
5. Watch out for prickly things! If you and your dog like playing at the park or in the wilderness where there is a lot of brush and grass, look out for any prickly plants that might attach to your dog’s coat like thorns or foxtails, and keep an eye out for any bugs on your dog’s coat as well, in southern California, fleas and ticks are a prevalent problem in dogs, ask our staff what flea and tick prevention, as well as treatment products are right for your pet.
6. Take it slow, and take a break! Your dog will not be able to tell you if it is tired, but your dog, just like their human owner can get tired, especially on hot days! So, remember to let your dog rest, otherwise, you could end up exhausting or dehydrating your furry friend!