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Is The Pavement Too Hot To Walk Your Dog On?

have you ever heard the old saying it's

so hot outside that you could fry an egg

on the sidewalk well now that we're into

the warmer temperatures of the spring

and summer months you really do need to

think about just how hot sidewalks and

roads can get when you take your dog for

a walk

for example a commonly referred to

statistic indicates that when the

conditions are right an air temperature

of just 77 degrees Fahrenheit can create

an ash wall temperature as high as 125

degrees and while the pads on your dog's

paws have to be pretty tough they're not

indestructible did you know that the

surface of your dog's pants is actually

skin that's right it's hairless skin

that covers the fat and tissue that

makes up the pad and while it has to be

durable it's sensitive enough for the

dog to feel discomfort or pain if the

pad is damaged and just one of the ways

that pad can be damaged is by being

burned from hot surfaces like pavement a

simple way to gauge how hot the ground

is is to firmly press the back of your

hand onto the pavement for about five to

seven seconds if you find that it's

uncomfortable for your skin that's a

sign that it could be uncomfortable

- now I'm not suggesting that you have

to give up walking your dog just because

it's hot outside so here are some ideas

for making the walk more comfortable for

your dog perhaps the most obvious thing

to do is to walk on grass as much as

possible so rather than walking on the

pavement walk your dog along the

adjacent boulevard or take your dog to a

local park where there's lots of grass

and adequate space to walk around it

another tip is to look for shady areas

where the ground won't be as high if

there's only a choice between walking on

concrete or asphalt concrete doesn't

absorb as much heat as asphalt so it

should be cooler another option is to

walk your dog earlier in the morning

before the pavement gets hot and while

you may think they look silly dog boots

will protect your dog's paws from hot

and rough terrain you can also do your

dog a favor by checking the pads in the

webbing between the pads on a regular

basis for debris and any signs of damage

such as cuts abrasions and swelling by

being proactive you might just be able

to identify an issue before it becomes

painful for your dog but if you're ever

in doubt the best bet is to contact your

veterinarian ok that's all for now this

is andrew from a better dog training

company wishing you an enjoyable walk

with your dog