How to Walk a Dog on a Hot Day

Dog out in the sun
Dog out in the sun (Image: Myself- Lauren Romano)

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.

Tips & Warnings

  • Walk your dog in the shade no matter the temperature.
  • Be even more careful and aware when walking a dog that is elderly or ill. These animals are at an even greater risk of developing problems as a result of the heat. Ask your vet how long a walk he recommends according to the dog's age and medical condition.

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