There are a lot of things to like about summer. It's the time of the year when you can enjoy going to the pool or one of the lakes near Edmond. Businesses are often at least a little slower during this season, so you may find yourself with some time off. On the other hand, when the temperature swells well into the triple digits, it's normal to wish for a little cooler weather.
Since summer is often a balancing act between enjoying outdoor activities and not overheating, a common question dog owners have is if it's too hot to take a walk. If the weather hits a point that's too hot for you, the same is obviously going to be true for your dog. However, one extra issue your dog may encounter during a walk is sizzling hot pavement. A simple test that will allow you to determine if the ground has gotten too hot is to put the back of your hand on the pavement. If you can't keep it there for five seconds, you will know the surface has heated up too high for your pup's feet.
Additional Tips for Staying Cool and Safe with Your Dog
Because outdoor heat can get quite intense once the sun is fully up, both you and your dog will probably be happiest if you can take your walks earlier in the morning or later in the evening. This will help you avoid the sun's full intensity. Just remember that regardless of when you head out, it's a good idea to have plenty of water for both of you. Another tip that will help your dog stay cool is brushing either daily or every couple of days. This is useful because it removes any dead undercoat and helps to maximize cooling skin circulation.
Don't Forget About Water Safety
As we mentioned above, going to the pool or lake are favorite summer activities for many people. This can be true for dogs as well. Even if your dog enjoys the water and is a strong swimmer, you should always stay close. Dogs like to go all out with their swimming, which means they can suddenly get worn out while still in the water. And if you're going to the lake or another location where the water can be quite deep or unpredictable, you may want to consider protecting your dog with a flotation device.
And don’t forget our Housemade Paw Wax, which creates a protective layer between your dog’s paws and the pavement.