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Essential Tips for Walking Your Dog in Hot Weather: Keeping Your Pup Safe and Comfortable

Essential Tips for Walking Your Dog in Hot Weather: Keeping Your Pup Safe and Comfortable

As temperatures rise, it's essential to take extra precautions to keep your furry friends safe and comfortable during walks. Here are some helpful tips to ensure your pup stays cool and happy on hot days.

1. Avoid Hot Pavement

Pavement and asphalt can get extremely hot and may burn your dog's paws. To test if the ground is too hot, place your hand on the pavement for 5 seconds. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for them. Opt for grassy areas or dirt paths whenever possible.

2. Walk During Cooler Times

Schedule walks for early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler. This reduces the risk of overheating and allows your pup to enjoy their walk without discomfort.

3. Keep Hydrated

Always carry water for both you and your dog. Offer them water frequently to keep them hydrated, especially on longer walks. You can also bring a collapsible water bowl for easy access.

4. Take Frequent Breaks

Give your dog plenty of breaks in shaded areas to cool down. Resting in the shade can help regulate their body temperature and prevent overheating.

5. Use Dog Booties

If walking on hot pavement is unavoidable, consider using dog booties to protect their paws from the heat. These can also provide added traction and prevent injuries from sharp objects.

6. Watch for Signs of Overheating

Keep an eye out for signs of overheating, such as excessive panting, drooling, weakness, or collapse. If your dog shows any of these symptoms, move them to a cooler area immediately and offer water. Seek veterinary care if symptoms persist.

7. Cool Down with a Treat

After a walk, treat your pup to some ice cream designed specifically for dogs. This not only helps them cool down but also provides a delicious reward for their good behavior.

8. Use Cooling Gear

Consider using cooling vests, bandanas, or mats that are designed to keep your dog cool during walks. These products can provide relief from the heat and make outdoor activities more enjoyable.

9. Adjust Your Routine

On extremely hot days, consider shorter walks or indoor playtime to ensure your dog stays safe. Activities like fetch or tug-of-war inside can be a great way to keep them active without exposing them to the heat.

10. Stay Informed

Check the weather forecast and stay informed about temperature and humidity levels. Plan your outdoor activities accordingly to avoid the hottest parts of the day.

Aftercare for Paws

Walking on hot surfaces can sometimes cause your dog's paws to become dry or cracked. To soothe and heal their paws, use Cleo&Hooman's Bark Butter. Our Bark Butter is specially formulated to moisturize and repair your dog’s paws, keeping them soft and healthy even after those hot summer walks. Apply a small amount after your walk to provide relief and protection. Additionally, use Zoomie Wipes to clean your dog's paws after each walk, removing any dirt or debris and ensuring their paws stay fresh and comfortable.


Walking your dog in the heat requires extra care and attention to ensure their safety and comfort. By following these tips, you can help prevent heat-related issues and make summer walks enjoyable for both you and your furry friend. Remember, your dog's well-being is the top priority, so always err on the side of caution during hot weather.

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Stay cool, keep your pups happy, and share these tips to spread the word about pet safety in the heat! 🐶❤️