07-25-2016, 10:08 PM
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Walking dogs in the heat
I recently started working for a new pet service business, and the majority of what I'm doing is dog walking.
We're currently in the midst of a massive heat wave and it's got me concerned. Aside from the fact I'm not too keen on being outside all day in 90+ degree heat, I'm somewhat concerned for the dogs. A typical walk is roughly 30 minutes, and it's in a city setting where there's not much grass. The best we can do is a small paved bike path with some black woodchips and bushes. I've brought up my concerns about the heat to my boss, but I feel like he doesn't realize how dangerous it can be. He's a great guy but there are a lot of things about dogs he doesn't know. Every day I'm worried the dogs' paws might burn up, or that one of the brachy dogs might get sick. I did tell him we need inclement weather policies and he made some but in terms of heat it looks like he just said to walk in the shade (we cant walk in the shade the whole time) and to take breaks. I just...is that enough or am I being a worry wart?
I just know I don't walk my dogs or play with them outside in this heat for more than 10-15 mins unless it's in the sprinkler. What do you think? Should I press the issue or just let it go and try to be careful?