As the weather continues to warm up more and more people will be out and about with their dogs. Here are a few tips to remember when enjoying the outdoors with your dog.

  1. If your hot and sweating, your dog is too. Be sure to have lots of water for both you and your dog.
  2. If you are walking or biking with your dog on the road, be sure to do it early, before the sun heats up the asphalt. Hot asphalt will burn your pup’s paws. To know for sure, place your hand on the asphalt, if you can’t hold it there for 3 seconds, then it is to hot for your dog.
  3. Never leave your dog in a car in warm weather. Although your dog may love to go for car rides, running errands with your dog during warm weather can be dangerous. Even with the windows cracked, the interior of a car can heat up quickly causing problems for your fur covered friend. Always err on the side of caution and leave them at home.
  4. Your dog may love to ride in the back of a truck, but just like asphalt that truck bed will heat up quickly in the sun. So, unless your truck bed has a cover, keep your dog in the front with you.
  5. Depending on your dog’s coat, you may consider getting them a summer trim. Talk to a groomer about ways to help relieve the heat for your dog.
  6. Don’t forget the sunscreen! Many dogs with thin fur or thinning patches need sunscreen just like you. If you can see their pink skin, cover it up to avoid sunburn.
  7. Have plenty of shade available when your dog needs to spend time outside. Shade from trees, a dog house or even tarps over the kennel can help keep your dog from overheating in warm weather.
  8. If your dog loves to play in the water, consider adding a wading to pool. This not only gives them a chance to cool down, it’s also fun.
  9. Frozen treats can also provide relief from the heat. Stuff a dog toy with canned food and put it in the freezer. When your dog needs to spend time outdoors, give it to them for an interactive and cool treat.
  10. Keep your dog indoors with you when you can. If you love the air-conditioned home, they will too.