Small Dogs Group In Hot Weather
As we head into the warmer part of spring, our small dogs group will have to make some adjustments on how we do our outings. The temperatures get higher during the day so for both our leash free dog park outings as well as our weekend hikes partnered up with our general social Meetup group, we will start these events earlier in the day.
So instead of our usual start time between 10:30 am and 11 am, we will start most of our events at 9:30 am in order to catch the cooler temperatures in the morning. This will make our walks and hikes more comfortable for both our dogs as well as ourselves.
Our dog park outings will be only 30 minutes in duration since most dog parks have little or no shade. While our hikes at conservation areas usually have tree covered trails, they will usually end by midday when we can make on site decisions on whether to continue socializing or not depending on what the temperatures are.
If the temperatures are okay for the dogs to sleep in the cars without heating up, then we can extend our socializing but if they are too high, then the events will end for the day so we can bring our dogs home.
Midweek Walks To Start Later
For our popular Midweek walks, it’s just the opposite. We will likely start them later in the evening at about 8 pm rather than 7 pm. This means that much of the sunshine will have disappeared resulting in cooler temperatures.
We’ll stay on well lit areas like residential streets and any trails that we know are well lit too. But since it’s during the summer evenings, we’ll avoid areas where the mosquitoes will be out in full force. We tried several of these evening walks last August and those who came out really liked them.
Potty Training With Litterbox Great For Summer
Since our summers are quite hot, my Lhasa Apso dogs Chester and Roxie usually don’t want to come outside until the temperatures are cooler. And since they were both indoor litterbox trained, they don’t need to go out during the daytime at all.
Potty training with a litterbox is great for the summer since our dogs can stay comfortable inside with AC all day long no matter how hot it is outside. So this type of potty training is great for all year round, not just during cold winters. For more details, just click on the last link.