Whatever the weather, dogs need to be walked daily. However, with the hot temperatures, it is important to be mindful of the dangers facing dogs every day. A pet owner needs to take the same preventatives and precautions for the dog as themselves in order to survive the heat. The heat is responsible for as many fatalities as most other disasters and dogs are extremely prone to heatstroke. Walking the dog at this time takes much care and considerations for the pet during a heat wave.
The best time to walk a dog during the heat is in the early mornings and later evenings when the sun is at its weakest point. If this is not feasible because of work or other commitments, an option would be to hire a professional dog walker. Dogs still need regular exercise for their own health as well as protecting your home from destruction. A dog that does not get its daily walks will use his energy in other negative ways. A professional dog walker can and should be available at irregular times of the day per your instructions and the safety of your pet.
When looking for a professional dog walker during the extreme hot temperatures, be sure to stress the need of specific times in walking your dog. Be sure to also stress that the dog not walk on hot pavement and asphalt that is hazardous to a dogâ€™s feet. The dog should be taken on a more shady path and provided short breaks every once in a while. A portable water bottle, specific for the pet, should be carried.
Dogs do not sweat as we do and expel their heat through panting. As a result, they do overheat very quickly. Stress to the professional dog walker the importance of these precautions to protect the dog in hot weather. Dogs cannot express when they are too hot to continue and rely on the caretakers to keep them safe. Just a few simple tips can save the life of the dogs during hot weather.