Warm Weather Temperature Guidelines
Slower paced runs/walks*
Slow runs, mainly walks
SLOW walks (shade)/outdoor breaks with indoor play
* Extra caution should be taken for snub-nosed breeds (brachycephalic) such as: boxers, pugs and bulldogs
1) Dirt trail/grass
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.
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
Normal dog runs/walks*
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.
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.