Now that it is getting into South Florida's "hotter season", we have to be careful when we take him outside to play or for his normal walk. Dehydration and overexertion can easily set in far faster now than in the Winter months. Here are a few guidelines to follow for the Summer season:
- If possible, only take your dog out in the early morning hours or in the evening. Even at these times, limit their outside time to about 45 minutes.
- If you must take your dog out during the heat of the day, limit their outside time to no more than 15 minutes.
- Always try to keep in the shade.
- Allow your dog to walk on the grass and not the sidewalk or street. Think of how hot those surfaces have become. Don't believe me? Next time you are out in the heat of the day, take your shoes off and walk on the sidewalk and street. That is what your dog is experiencing!
- Take plenty of water with you along with a collapsible dogie bowl. Stop often and offer him a drink.
- If you see your dog start to slow down, it is time to come inside.
- When you come inside, stay with your dog for 10 to 15 minutes just to make sure he had not become overheated.
For more information, please contact The Best Dog Trainers in South Florida.