Walking when it's hot??

(22 Posts)
SilverLining Wed 08-Jun-16 17:55:47

I have a 8 month old lab and normally take him for a trot along the river before his tea but it's v hot still and he had a long walk this morning and looks knackered - has slept most of the afternoon - shall I still take him??
Can you tell I'm still v new to all this??!

mollie123 Wed 08-Jun-16 18:19:44

I have found my old dog is very lethargic in the evening when it is this hot!
what works for him is to take a walk early in the morning (before 7 am) that is his main long walk. His evening walk is shorter and mainly so he can do his business as although he has access to the garden he only 'wees' in the garden.
As your dog is young - once the temp drops down - see how far he will go before he starts looking as if he wants to stop walking smile,

mollie123 Wed 08-Jun-16 18:21:42

I also tend to feed him before his walk rather than after - that way with the light evenings we can amble out much later.(he understands this well grin)

LilCamper Wed 08-Jun-16 18:32:49

If it is too hot we do some training and I scatter feed for mental stimulation.

SilverLining Wed 08-Jun-16 18:45:30

Oh thanks mollie123 and LilCamper - that's great! I was told not to feed before walking as that could give a tummy ache?? But it would work much better to feed him first! Thanks again - this dog business is a very steep learning curve....!

LilCamper Wed 08-Jun-16 19:16:32

Worse than a tummy ache, it can cause bloat/torsion which can be fatal.

pigsDOfly Wed 08-Jun-16 19:34:06

My dog doesn't like going out early in the morning, she likes a long lie in, so we tend to play at home during the day when it's very hot, do a bit of training and get very bored. Then when it cools off a bit, about 5.30 or so we go out and have a longish walk.

Yes, be very careful about feeding your dog before you walk him, or let him have a run SilverLining, as LilCamper says, bloat can be fatal and deep chested dogs like labs are particularly prone to it.

AlcoChocs Wed 08-Jun-16 20:02:13

My lab likes wants his usual walks no matter how hot it is, but he always heads straight to the river (5 mins away) for a swim first. Very thick fur so once it's soaked he stays wet for the rest of the walk so it must keep him cool.

Wolfiefan Wed 08-Jun-16 20:03:26

I would walk early morning and late evening.

NeedACleverNN Wed 08-Jun-16 20:05:00

Yep. Early in the morning, late at night.

If you have to go out in the daytime encourage them to go in to water and walk slowly

LimeJellyHead Wed 08-Jun-16 20:07:57

Have you thought of getting a dog cool coat for summer walks? Mine wear the Thermlow cool coat and it makes a big difference. I wouldn't be without one for my dogs.

SilverLining Wed 08-Jun-16 20:17:30

Thanks all - we're just back now and it's cooled down a lot! He went straight into his favourite shallow bit of the river so I think he's definitely cool enough! I fed him when we got back too - he's now flopped on the floor looking v relaxed!
Thanks again - appreciate all advice!!!

MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig Wed 08-Jun-16 22:24:18

Slightly off topic but a good tip I heard about walking your dog when it's hot - if you can't stand on the pavement in bare feet because it's too hot, neither can your dog.

mollie123 Thu 09-Jun-16 06:09:24

sorry if I was misleading about feeding before walking - I was only suggesting a light feed some HOURS before going for a walk - eg feed at around 5 pm and go for a walk after 8
it has always worked for me and my dogs and never had a problem and they were big dogs. Now banish me from the doghouse for giving wrong information !

SilverLining Thu 09-Jun-16 12:05:59

No worries Mollie - not misleading at all!!

pigsDOfly Thu 09-Jun-16 13:11:25

Mollie123 Sorry if my post sounded as if I was implying I thought you might be feeding your dog and then taking it for a 10 mile hike.smile it wasn't mean't to sound like that and hope I didn't offend you.

The OP said herself she's a new dog owner and still learning and I just wasn't sure if she realized that she needed to leave a gap.

DoubleCarrick Thu 09-Jun-16 13:13:59

Just wanted to add - maybe don't feed straight after walk either. I basically don't feed my gsd when he's puffed out or likely to be puffed out soon.

The weather is a killer for the dogs. My boy doesn't mind it too much but is much much lazier when it's warm! He's currently snoozing at my feet grin

SloppyDailyMailJournalism Fri 10-Jun-16 00:25:16

Forgot to use it this week but we have a cool coat too.

Noitsnotteatimeyet Fri 10-Jun-16 07:39:49

Be careful of using cool coats if you have a double coated dog as they can make them hotter rather than cooler

Their coats are thinnest over the tummy so getting a hot dog to lie down on a damp towel can help cool them

Ddog is happiest in mid-winter grin so finds summer a bit of a challenge.... We're sticking to walks early and late, keeping in the shade so walking through woods rather than across open fields, making sure he has the chance to swim as much as possible and limiting manic ball-chasing

He's doing a lot more sleeping than normal which is fine!

digerd Fri 10-Jun-16 08:17:30

The last few days my Shihzu refused to eat her food after her walk and ate it hours later. She was knackered from the heat. Short muzzled dogs are especially vulnerable in the heat to breathing stresses.
Whatever the breed and size, it is advised to walk them early and late in the hot summer days and do not feed just before a walk and never leave them in the car.

SloppyDailyMailJournalism Sat 11-Jun-16 18:43:51

Noitsnotteatimeyet Why do they make double coated dogs hotter? (as in, why only double coated?).

PurpleRainDiamondsandPearls Sun 12-Jun-16 01:41:29

Mine is grouchy and lazy when it's hot. I'm mindful of the warm pavement too. Make sure you take a drink with you when you're out, even if it's not for long.

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