Dog walkers are often out in all weather, trudging through snow or trying to stay dry when it is pouring rain, all in an effort to ensure their furry friends get plenty of exercise each day. But when the weather starts to heat up, it can be a challenge to keep going as a dog walker. How can you beat the heat as a dog walker?
Alter the Time of Dog Walks
As a dog walker, I usually have a time frame within which I see clients’ pets. Some are very precise and prefer their dogs to be walked at the same time each day. With such clients, I try not to alter the times, unless something beyond my control comes up. However, other clients do not mind what time their dogs are walked, provided they know the day that I shall be coming by. During the summer months, I try to start my dog walks as early as I can before it gets too hot.
That way, dogs still get their exercise and stick to their routine, and I am not losing money by having to turn down business when it is too hot.
Pace Yourself and the Dogs
Some dogs love the heat and are not at all bothered by rising temperatures. But if you are walking a dog that struggles in hotter weather, do not try to keep to your usual pace. Slow down and learn to pace yourself and the dog. After all, you are taking Fluffy on a leisurely stroll, not a marathon!
Try to keep to shaded areas to help you and the dog stay cool. A walk in the woods or in a nature reserve where you have lots of shade from trees can make all the difference during a hot summer’s day.
It is important that you and dogs in your care remain well hydrated to prevent the nasty effects of heat exhaustion and dehydration. Carry a bottle of water with you and take regular sips during walks. When you return home, make sure dogs receive adequate water, even replenishing their water supply after they have had a drink, if necessary.
Dog walkers can beat the heat of summer if they are well prepared to care for themselves and their precious cargo. Some easy ways to do this include altering the time of dog walks, pacing yourself and the dogs, and staying well hydrated.
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