With all of this summer sunshine, it’s no wonder that temperatures are climbing.
But did you know that the sidewalk may reach temperatures exceeding 140 degrees Fahrenheit?
Yes, it is correct! But unfortunately, this can make everyday walks difficult for your “bare-pawed” Pooch.
After all, it doesn’t have to be a scorcher for their paws to be in pain.
Consider how hot the asphalt may become at different temperatures:
Air Temp Asphalt Temp
77° = Up to 125°
86° = Up to 135°
87° = Up to 143°
As you can see, the “danger zone” for dogs can begin before the temperature exceeds 80 degrees.
So, while the weather is in the upper 70s may not appear to be particularly hot.
I recommend taking extra care to keep your dog’s paws safe and cool.
Before your next stroll with your dog, have a look at these helpful hints:
My Top Summer Paw Advice
First, perform a 5-second sidewalk test.
If you’re unsure how hot is too hot, try this simple “5-second” test.
Place your hand on the pavement with care if you can’t touch it for more than 5 seconds.
It’s probably too hot for your pooch to go for a stroll.
Tip #2: Use a cooler surface instead of the pavement.
Please take a short trip to the grassy park when the sidewalk isn’t cutting it! Grass, however, stays considerably cooler than pavement, making it ideal for your pooch to go about on.
Alternatively, if you live near the shore.
Take your dog for a walk along the brisk beach where the tide is coming in.
You may even take a nice plunge in the water with your pooch.
Tip #3: Take a stroll early in the morning or late at night.
Early in the mornings, before temperatures rise, and late in the night, when temperatures fall, the pavement is often significantly colder.
This is why I advocate going for your daily stroll at these times.
Plus, you could have the entire neighbourhood to yourself.
Alternatively, you and your dog may take in a beautiful sunset.
Tip #4: Get some “booties” for your dog.
Investing in protective booties for your pooch’s feet in the summer heat is one of the most okay things you can do for them.
Because, even if just for a brief second, walking on scorching concrete is often inevitable.
It will, however, take some getting accustomed to if your pooch has never worn anything on their paws before.
Allow your dog to sniff their new shoes for a few minutes before taking their first “bootie” stroll.
Give your dog a reward and plenty of praise and strokes the first time you put them on.
I’m confident that after a few indoor practise walks, they’ll be ready and eager to take on the outdoors.
Tip #5: Cool off in the middle of the day with a fun indoor game.
If it’s too hot to go for a stroll during the day, enjoy a game of tug-of-war.
(Of course, you’ll need to take them outdoors for a toilet break now and again.)
This can help your dog burn off surplus energy while having a great time.
All while she is being secure and comfortable inside.
It’s crucial, after all, that your dog’s paws be well-protected.
Especially in the heat of July. After all, the scorching pavement might be excruciating.
Fortunately, your pooch can rely on you.
And, perhaps, with these paw-pad suggestions, you’ll be able to let them enjoy all of their favourite things, even when it’s hot outside.
P.S. If your dog always seems to have itchy, irritated paws…
It’s likely NOT the hot pavement that’s bothering them, but a different issue altogether.
I reveal one of the biggest culprits behind irritated paws in my report here
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