Pet Care Weather Guidelines

Warm Weather Guidelines

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  • Our professional pet fitness experts ALWAYS monitor pets on walks and runs for exhaustion and/or injuries.
  • Warmer weather requires hydration breaks and slower, easier walks and runs with rest breaks.
  • We always carry water and plan routes where water is available.

Warm Weather Temperature Guidelines

Temperature

(Heat Index)

75-80

Slower paced runs/walks*

80-85

Slow runs, mainly walks

85-90

Walks only

90+

SLOW walks (shade)/outdoor breaks with indoor play

* Extra caution should be taken for snub-nosed breeds (brachycephalic) such as: boxers, pugs and bulldogs


Preferred terrain:

1) Dirt trail/grass

2) Concrete

3) Blacktop–try to avoid if possible. Cross quickly and do not allow pets to stand on this extremely hot
service, unless well-shaded

Paw pads can get easily burned. Be cautious of where pets are walking/standing. Protective booties are options if pets will adapt to wearing them.

Cold Weather Guidelines

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  • Our professional pet fitness experts ALWAYS monitor pets on walks and runs for exhaustion and/or injuries.
  • Smaller dogs, senior dogs and those with short-haired coats feel the affects of colder temperatures more than other dogs do.

Paw pads can feel the cold just as they feel the heat and can be damaged/irritated by ice-melting substances. Be cautious of where pets are walking/standing. Protective booties are options if pets will adapt to wearing them.


Cold Weather Temperature Guidelines

Temperature

(Feels Like)

10+

Normal dog runs/walks*

0-10

Shorter walks/runs for dogs less tolerant of colder temperatures.

0 – Sub-zero Temperatures

15 minutes or less for potty breaks with indoor play

* Extra caution should be taken with smaller dogs, senior dogs and short-haired breeds.


Preferred terrain:

1) Clear walkways (no ice)

2) Snow-covered grass (for better traction if walkways are icy)

3) Street–try to avoid if possible. Least preferred terrain since streets are usually heavily treated with ice melting substances.  Paws should be cleaned after walks/runs if exposed to these substances to avoid damaging and irritating paw pads.