Simple trick reveals if it’s too hot to walk your dog safely

Dog walking when it's hot outside

by Fiona Day |
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Worried that it’s too hot to take your dog out for a walk? This 'handy' trick will help keep your pet safe in the sun

With temperatures soaring up and down the country, it’s important to make sure our family pets are comfortable in the heat.

We all know the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars and the importance of making sure our canine friends have enough water to keep cool.

But it’s also crucial to know when and where it’s safe to take your pooch for their daily walk during the hot weather.

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Maria Fowler and her dog

  1. You've got pictures of them in your house2) You give them a nickname as well as their actual name 3) You can't imagine life with another dog 4) They have their own space on the sofa
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Cheryl and her dog

  1. They sleep on the bed with you 6) You celebrate their birthday 7) You include them in your Christmas family photos 8) You're happier staying in with them than going on a night out with friends
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Binky Felstead and her dog

  1. They're your phone screen saver10) You pack a bag for your dog when you go away 11) You refer to them as your child or furbaby 12) You're always showing people pictures of them
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Lucy Watson and her dog

  1. You've gone on holiday somewhere just because your dog would enjoy it14) You tell them you love them more than your partner 15) You have the vet's number on speed dial 16) You bought a house only after considering their needs
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Pete Wicks and his dog

  1. You only go to dog-friendly pubs or restaurants 18) You've dedicated a whole area of your house or garden to their wellbeing19) You make more effort feeding them than you do your own partner or kids20) Your pet has a social media account

Moon Valley Canine Training in Sonoma, California, have shared a clever trick to help determine if your neighbourhood is simply too hot for your furry family member.

They recommend trying the 'five-second rule'.

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The company wrote on their Facebook page: "The five-second rule: Place the back of your hand on the pavement. If you cannot hold it for five seconds, it's too hot to walk your dog."


If the pavement is too hot for your hand then it will almost definitely be too hot for your dog’s sensitive paws, and nobody wants to see their beloved family pet in any pain or distress.

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If the pavement is too hot, it is recommended that pet owners take their dogs to a grassy park or a wooded area for their daily exercise.

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