Walking a dog in the afternoon when it’s hot and humid is certainly dangerous and I don’t recommend it, that is why when Summer comes to MA, I only walk dogs in the morning or evening. We all need our exercise, but you shouldn’t put yourself and your dog in harm’s way to do so.
Dogs like Abby and the beautiful pit bull in the above picture with dark coats tend to overheat faster and easier than dogs with light color hair. Go for a walk with your dog, but be mindful of the time of day, temperature outside, your dog’s age, breed, weight, etc., before heading outdoors. Enjoy your weekend!
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I have to agree about considering the needs of your dog when the weather gets hot. Here in Northern Canada, our Newf only gets long walks early in the morning (6 am) because having a black, long haired double coat can lead to overheating very quickly. Afternoon and evening walks are short and end up with Bailey cooling off in the lake. One thing that I learned while attending courses with our regional Newf dog club in southern Ontario is to fill a spray bottle with cold water and spritz your dog down while out walking. I put the spray bottle in the water bottle holder on my waist bag.
Keep up the good work! Yes, you do have to be careful with walking dogs in extreme heat. I get up at 5am to walk my dogs when the temperature is anywhere from 80 to 85 degrees and depending on the dog.
We hear ya. We’ve only been going out at 5:45 am. Even the dirt in the dog run was too hot to walk on yesterday. Yikes!
I am usually out the door a bit after 5am. Good! I am glad you are being careful.
Hey if it’s too hot for my tootsies, it’s definitely too hot for the pups! Try to stay cool.