The Summer Heat and Wolfie

I know that we have talked about playing in the pool to beat the summer heat, but what if I don't have a pool?  Wolfie wants to get outside, but what guidelines should I use?



I have already talked about pools, proper hydration, and several other topics as Wolfie and I deal with the summer heat.  The problem is that Wolfie really needs some good exercise, but in the heat, what is safe?

Wolfie needs exercise and this summer seems to be one of the hottest in recent memory.  These are two inescapable facts.  The solution is to deal with these facts in a safe way.  What I have suggested to many of my clients is to manage the times you get your dog outside.

Down here in South Florida, it is already over 80 degrees by 10AM and can get way over 90 degrees by the afternoon.  Many times, it doesn't get down to the 80's again until 6PM and doesn't drop into the 70's until 10 in the evening.  I provide the following "Play Outside" schedule for my clients:
  • In the Morning until 10AM:  Play outside for no more than 15 minutes at a time.
  • From 10AM until 5PM: Play outside for no more than 10 minutes at a time.
  • From 5PM until 9PM: Play outside for no more than 15 minutes at a time.
  • After 9PM: Play outside for up to 30 minutes at a time.
I also suggest that the activities in the middle of the day are not as "active" as the other times.  You can throw the Frisbee, but not for the entire time.  Activities like rolling a ball for Wolfie to fetch or a brisk walk (on leash if necessary), or simply wandering around the back yard together would be appropriate in the middle of the day.  And, I can not state this enough, always plenty of water when play time is over.

One last thing...  If your pooch is on medication which might cause rapid dehydration or is getting on in years, I might cut these times down by as much as 50%.  If you see your dog begin to become lethargic in any way, bring him inside at once.  If he continues to be lethargic for one to two hours after you have brought him inside, call your vet.

We can play outside in the heat, but we must be safe about it.

For more information, please contact The Best Dog Trainers in South Florida.

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