Walking around in the hot weather isn't merely a potential hazard for humans: Your beloved dog can also feel the effects of the heat. Dogs can suffer heatstroke and dehydration, just like their owners. Take extra precautions during the summer months to make sure your pet stays safe on his walk.
Bring a portable dog bowl and a bottle of water. To prevent dehydration, your dog needs plenty of liquid to drink. Instead of waiting until you get home, give him a bowl of water during the walk. After he is finished drinking, shake out the bowl, fold it up and continue on your way. (See Resources to order.)
Walk your dog on grass if possible. The sidewalk could be hot, and you don't want your pet to burn his paws. Keeping him on the grass will be better for him than walking on the hot sidewalk or street.
Don't keep your dog out too long, especially on significantly hot days. Let her do her business, walk a couple of extra minutes, then come inside. Consider exercising her indoors instead when it's extremely hot out.
Take your dog for a walk early in the morning or late in the evening, when the heat is at its lowest. It will be better for you as well to not walk around in the blistering heat for too long.
Watch for signs that your dog is getting too exhausted. If he seems to be dragging, making a lot of stops, is trying to sit or is panting too much, it's past time for him to be back inside. Head home right away and let your pet have some water and take a nap.