Certain weather conditions can make dog walks unpleasant for you and your dog. Take a look at how to overcome this and have a great time.
Do you have a dog? Is your dog an outdoor dog? Are you considering taking dog walks regardless of the weather?
If your answer is yes to any of these questions, you need to read this article. Short and simple, dogs are not equipped for weather changes and should not walk in bad weather without the proper gear. They will suffer if you take them out; it might not seem that way at first.
The long-term effects of bad weather on dogs will affect your dog’s health and behavior. Be responsible! Read on to find out how dogs react to different weather conditions, how long they will react, how to help them transition, and why it is best to keep them indoors when possible.
Hot Sunny Days
Hot sunny days can harm dog walks due to the increased warmth. Dogs can overheat quickly, especially if they are obese or tend to exercise more. The dog owner should limit outdoor activities on hot days and adjust exercise schedules.
Short, safe walks can be taken in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler. Shorter walks in shaded areas are also beneficial. Additionally, dogs should be encouraged to rest and drink plenty of water while avoiding physical activities in direct sunlight.
Unfortunately, hot days may result in dogs biting their paws due to excessive sweating or discomfort. This behavior can further irritate existing skin conditions and cause sores or infections. If a dog continues to bite its paws, contact vet care as quickly as possible to rule out any medical causes.
When it rains, people often have to take extra precautions to prevent their pets from getting wet. This may involve wearing waterproof pants and a coat for the dog, or postponing the walk until the rain stops. Taking the dog out in rainy weather can ride to a greater risk of illnesses, such as hypothermia or pneumonia, in certain breeds.
For the safety of their pet, many people opt to skip out on the walk entirely if the rain is quite heavy. If a walk is still necessary, then trying to shorten the walk and stay in less exposed areas can be beneficial.
Cold Winter Months
In colder weather, jackets for the dog are often necessary to provide warmth. While some breeds, such as huskies and malamutes, may enjoy and be well suited to cold weather, if the weather is too cold, you should limit outdoor activity to ensure your dog is not too exposed. It’s important to pay close attention to your dog during cold weather and keep the length of walks short, as the cold temperature can cause stiffness in the joints or muscle pain.
Make Dog Walks Easier and More Enjoyable
In conclusion, weather can play a large role in how enjoyable, safe, and healthy a dog walk can be. Thus, it’s important to be aware of the weather conditions before taking your pup out for a walk and making preparations. The next time you’re looking to take dog walks, take a few minutes to check the forecast and keep your pup safe and happy!
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