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Old 08-01-2019, 04:52 PM
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Temperature and dog walking

It is hot here and I have been waiting until it is at least under 80 degrees to take the dog for a walk, we walk on concrete with not a lot of shade. I take him out briefly during the day but we donít stay out long in the heat.

I will be out tonight leaving before it gets below 84 degrees. My daughter can let him in the backyard, but is unavailable to walk him. Is it safe to take him for a walk when it is that hot, or should we play indoors and skip a walk?
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Old 08-01-2019, 06:13 PM
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It was 100F here a week ago and I still walked the dog just enough to do his business. The rest of the time he didn't feel like doing anything anyway.

This week it's been cooler, it's about 78-80F and I've been walking him during the day but not long distances or very fast.

Each dog will vary, of course, but 100F was too hot for the dog. He was definitely feeling it.
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Old 08-02-2019, 08:24 PM
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Up to a limit, every dog tolerates heat differently. General guideline, anything over the low 80's is probably too hot for them to do much in the way of physical activity outside. Their cooling systems are not nearly as efficient as ours, so they tend to overheat quickly, and sometimes with fatal results. Our dog, for instance, even when it in the 70's, if the sun is on her, does not do well. At this time of the year, we only walk early in the morning, before the sun is fully up, certainly while its still low in the sky, so there is lots of shade for her. The rest of the day, she is happy to stay inside where its fully air conditioned, only going out briefly to quickly take care of her needs.
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Old 08-03-2019, 05:49 AM
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It's not just about ambient heat, it's about how hot the pavement gets too. Anything above 82ish and sunny and it's just a no from me. Put your hand on the pavement, if it's too hot for your hand for 7 seconds, it's too hot for a dog.

Obviously, it totally depends on the type of surface, but if you have to cross roads, it can be too hot for your pet too.

They spend a lot of time in our backyard on grass though, but above 90 degrees and they want to come back in in 5 minutes.
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Old 08-03-2019, 10:43 AM
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84 F (28.8 C), and sun going down or already down, I think is doable to take a healthy dog for a walk.
Touching the sidewalk to check the heat radiating from it still (not only is the heat hard on the paws but the radiating heat reaches the bodies that are so close to the ground), walking the dog in the grass where possible, and checking for signs from the dog to keep the walk short if needed. Bringing some water along for a quick drink is always a good idea too.
In the back yard a few throws of a ball, just for the dog to have a little bit of a different stimulation, and to feel he has done a bit of playing outside. As long as the dog seems willing and happy, without too much panting it is all good.
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When it is hot out I tend to avoid pavelent during the day. I either wait until dusk and walk at night of drive to a local park and walk on dirt trails, preferably along a stream where the dog and go in and cool off. Sometimes we just skip it and only go out long enough to potty.
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