Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Wolfie and the Summer Heat
It is South Florida and it is now summer. I know that Wolfie is more sensitive to the heat than "we humans", so what should I do to keep him okey dokey?
For the current purpose of discussion, I would like to keep this short and sweet. If Wolfie is outside, but sitting in the shade with a nice breeze blowing or if cloud cover is keeping the temperatures down to something manageable, the times I am about to give can be extended. I am assuming that it is a regular hot and humid summer day and the sun is big and yellow overhead.
The schedule below shows the length of time that I allow our dogs to be out at any one time during the summer heat. It is OK to let them out multiple times, but always allow at least one hour between outings:
6AM to 9AM: 30 minutes
9AM to 11AM: 15 minutes
11AM to 6PM: 10 minutes
6PM to 8PM: 15 minutes
8PM to 6AM: no limit
Be sure to provide Wolfie water while he is outside. Do not leave the bowl outside all day because it will become very hot and possibly burn Wolfie's mouth when he drinks. Make sure the water is clean and cold. Also, add some ice cubes just for a little fun. Also allow Wolfie water when he comes inside if that is when he would rather drink and re-hydrate.
Remember the old saying...
"Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noonday sun".
If you need to take Wolfie out, make sure he is safe... Not like those mad dogs and Englishmen! For more information, please contact The Best Dog Trainers in South Florida.