What temperature is too hot to walk a dog?

What temperature will start to make a dog dehydrate and pant too much on a walk? Also, when it is a hot day I know that you can let your dog walk on the grass, but what are other ways to keep him cool?
Oh well, the walk is 20 to 30 minutes and he is a golden retriever.

In my opinion it all depends on the animal. Older animals, like people will get warmer more easily. Longer haired animals verses short hair. You will have to determine this best as you are with the dog on your walk. You can always bring some water in a small spray bottle with you. You can spray the water in the dogs mouth and on his tongue to help keep him hydrated. This works well when traveling too.
Yes, the pavement is much hotter and your dog shouldn’t be made to walk on pavement, especially black top. Try to keep him on the grass if possible, but be careful even grass can get hot. You can always buy boots for your dog, your dog will probably not like them, but you can keep the boots and the spray bottle in a shoulder pack. Vetwrap in a pinch will work well too, if you have to you can wrap your dogs paws.

16 comments

  1. they can stay in all heat as long as their hydrated and its not a bout heat its about how long they stay in the heat and how long the coat is.
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  2. This totally depends on your breed of dog. I dont let my pugs out during the day anymore. But my lhasa’s and pitt is happy to lay under the trees in my backyard.

    Be sure to offer water at all times and when walking pay attention to your dog’s body language. Let him set the pace and when he slows head back.
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  3. rule of thumb- if it’s too hot/cold for you, it’s too hot/cold for your dog…..

    bring lots of water along to avoid dehydration. ;)
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  4. uhmm i live in phoenix …….. is always hot now is not lower than 100s take him for walks in the afternoon when the sun is going down and if you can carry water for him….
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  5. She feels what you do. If you are hot, she is hot. But dogs seem to need more water than we do. Let her drink before the walk, possibly during the walk (bring a water bottle) and immediately after the walk.
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  6. if it is too hot for you and the pavement is hot, just take short walks. If you must take a longer walk, take some water along and try to stop under a shady tree if possible for a quick break.
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  7. A good idea on a hot day would be to bring along a squirt bottle of water and let your dog stop for drinks. A squirt bottle is good bacuse you can jsut squirt in in the dog’s mouth. No bowl needed! Also it will keep your dog cooler if you spray him down with water as well. Just keep the walk shorter than you would on a cooler day. Dogs are very adaptable to heat and cold so as long as you aren’t going hiking for severals hours I’m sure your dog will be fine. Actually, even if you were going hiking the dog would probably be cooler than you would as long as you are keeping hydrated with water.
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  8. i can’t answer this question on exactly what temperature your dog will start panting or whatnot.
    but,
    keep in mind that your dog has to walk several feet below you (it is much hotter from the cement) and that it is hotter because he doesn’t have shoes like you do.
    make sure he gets the shade as much as possible with lots of cool water.
    also, go out on walks in the early mornings or later evenings. i take out my dog at around 6:30ish to 7. sometimes earlier or later depending on my schedule.
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  9. Uhhh where did you get this on hot days dogs cant walk on grass concept ?? what are you going to do carry them in & out of the house & hold them during bathroom breaks? Of course they can walk on the grass – its the best place for them to walk espically on hot days !
    Avoid the cement on really hot days

    All breeds are different as to walks on warm days, dogs with thicker coats / more fur will over heat easily as with dogs wih short respitory tracks. Any dog will dehydrate ifthey don’t have axcess to clean fresh water – if they are exersising walk runs etc make sure they stop & have some water every 15 mins or less than 15 mins.

    I don’t take my dog on long walks when its over 25 celsus out , and wait for it to cool down in the evening – to take him out – if in doubt just put the walk off till the evening
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  10. it doesn’t take very long at all for a golden to overheat. if you wanna walk her further – build up her resistance. walk her for 10 minutes, then the next day 15, then the next day 20… and so forth
    Also buy one of the dog water bottles/bowls. they attach to either the leash or your belt and you can stop & give her water…
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  11. The site below states that all dogs are more susceptible to heat stroke than humans. It also says NOT to exercise the dogs on hot days. Go there…it has great info!

    If it’s a Northern breed (Husky or Malamute, even a mix) use more caution! In temps over 75-80, they overheat quickly, so make it a short walk, preferably in shade, such as early morning or evening. Our Husky stays inside almost all day in the summer in the A/C. After being outside even for 1/2 hour, he’s panting and runs in and gulps a whole bowl of water! If we need to travel on a hot day, even if it’s just a few hours, we have a neighbor or one of our son’s friends come and let him in the house.

    Other breeds, shorter hair, ones from warmer climates, might be more tolerant of heat, but they can ALL get dehydrated and hyperthermic and end up w/heat stroke (that’s why you never leave them in a car!).
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    http://dogs.suite101.com/article.cfm/dogs_and_heat_stroke

  12. If it’s a relaxed walk, 75-80 is pretty safe. Dogs are not able to cool off like we do. Make sure you take breaks in a shaded area and they have access to water. Heat stroke is a major concern.

    I have 2 Pomeranians and usually do not take them out above 65. (I do my walking at night) I stop at the local gas station and hose them down when needed.
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  13. In my opinion it all depends on the animal. Older animals, like people will get warmer more easily. Longer haired animals verses short hair. You will have to determine this best as you are with the dog on your walk. You can always bring some water in a small spray bottle with you. You can spray the water in the dogs mouth and on his tongue to help keep him hydrated. This works well when traveling too.
    Yes, the pavement is much hotter and your dog shouldn’t be made to walk on pavement, especially black top. Try to keep him on the grass if possible, but be careful even grass can get hot. You can always buy boots for your dog, your dog will probably not like them, but you can keep the boots and the spray bottle in a shoulder pack. Vetwrap in a pinch will work well too, if you have to you can wrap your dogs paws.
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  14. I also have a Golden Retriever, and the only option for me is to walk him early in the morning or at night when it’s significantly colder than the usual mid-day temperatures. Just try to get up at 7 am, you won’t have to be worried about the temperature as much.
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