All dog owners know the basics of keeping their dogs safe during the hot summer months: Bring lots of water when you go to walks, watch out for signs of your dog overheating and never ever leave a dog in a car. Even it you think it’s not that hot
But it might come to a surprise to even the pro-dog owners, that the pavement beneath your dog’s paws is extremely hot!
Just look at how much damage a hot pavement can cause to your dog’s paws – this is just from 30 seconds of walking on sizzling hot pavement
To our luck, there’s a cool and easy trick that the guys at Moon Valley Canine Training taught us to check if the street temp safe enough to walk on or not. Just put the back of your hand on the pavement, and if you can hold your hand for five seconds it’s not too hot for your dog’s feet – simple right?
If you fail the test, and it’s hot for a walk, try to wait a bit for the tempteture to drop a little bit, if your dog cant wait, try walking only on grass or in the shade, but if walking on hot pavement is unavoidable, here are some tricks you can do to be prepared: Use a special dog booties or dog wax that is designed to protect your dog’s paws from the heat
So next time before you let your dog on a walk, take 5 seconds to check the heat