How to Walk Your Dog in the Summer

Plan your walks wisely

Avoid walking your dog during the hottest part of the day, which is usually between 10am and 4pm.


Before you take your dog for a walk, touch the pavement to make sure it's not too hot for their paws.

Bring plenty of water

Make sure your dog has plenty of water to drink before, during, and after your walk. You can also pack a collapsible water bowl to refill along the way.

Find shady spots

If you're walking your dog in a sunny area, take breaks in shady spots to let them cool off. Trees, buildings, and even bushes can provide some shade.

Avoid strenuous activity

In hot weather, it's best to avoid strenuous activity with your dog. Stick to short, easy walks and let them rest often.

Watch for sign

Be on the lookout for signs of heatstroke in your dog, such as excessive panting, difficulty breathing, bright red gums, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Get your dog

If you're going to be walking your dog in hot weather for an extended period of time, consider getting them a cooling vest or towel. 

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