Ask Amy: How can I keep my dog cool during summer months?

August 13, 2012

Dogs are unable to sweat through their skin the way humans are, so they are much more vulnerable to overheating. As a dogwalker of 7 years, I have seen several owners give their dogs “summer haircuts” where they shave the dog in a buzzcut fashion. This really doesn’t cool them down at all and often times makes look downright silly.
Keep the A/C on in the apartment if temperatures exceed 85-90 degrees. Right before you or your dog walker take the dog outside thoroughly wet his belly with cold water. You can wet him down all over, but the belly is most important because that’s the part of him closest to the hot sidewalk. Try to stick to shady streets and shady corners when you cross the street. It’s no fun for your dog to have to wait patiently with his paws burning on the scorching asphalt. Carry around a small portable water bowl so you can keep him well hydrated. Just go to the local pet store and you’ll see they carry a wide array of collapsible nylon water bowls. Leave it next to the leash so your dogwalker can do the same. Although, many dog walkers are equipped with a bowl of their own.
Most importantly, keep the walks short. Even if your dog requires a lot of exercise, it can be dangerous to push his endurance on a day of record temperatures when the air quality is lousy. If your dogwalker shortens walks on hot days, he is not trying to rip you off. He is simply looking out for your dogs well-being. Whenever I shorten a walk, I always make up for it with a longer walk on a cooler day.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Recent Posts

Ask Amy: How can I keep my dog cool during summer months?

Dogs are unable to sweat through their skin the way humans are, so they are much more vulnerable to overheating. As a dogwalker of 7 years, I have seen several owners give their dogs “summer haircuts” where they shave the … Continue reading

Ask Amy: What should I do if my dogwalker has to take a day off?

Glad you asked. I’m sure you realize that us dog walkers have as much of a right to time off as any other profession, whether it be due to illness or simply the need for a personal day. As a … Continue reading

Ask Amy: What type of leash and collar should I use for my dog?

The type of equipment you use to walk your dog varies greatly depending on the size, strength, and disposition of your dog. There’s lots of different types of gear out there so let’s weed out the ones that most dog … Continue reading

Ask Amy: I wanted advice on how to pick the right dog for me

Q: Hi Amy. I wanted advice on how to pick the right dog for me A: Excellent question. As a long time professional dogwalker I feel like I have many times seen people choosing dogs for the wrong reasons. Firstly, … Continue reading

Ask Amy: My dog had loose, slightly bloody stool

Q: Hey Amy, my dog walker just reported to me that my dog had loose, slightly bloody stool today. Do I need to rush him to the vet? A: First of all, kudos to your dogwalker for reporting this to … Continue reading


Categories


Search