Summer Heat and House Training Your Dog

By Maria Posted in dog care, pet housebreaking /

In the summer, each passing day can seem to get hotter, even into the fall season. The sun beats down on us, heating up rooftops, car interiors, and even turning the sidewalk into the all-natural toasting oven. When indoors, there is always the luxury of air-conditioning to help reduce the anomalous heat, but you can’t really turn down the heat outside.

So, what happens when you go outside? Hot feet? We’ve got shoes to protect our feet, but a dog doesn’t really have that option. That can sometimes upset the very process of house training them, since there is a fairly convincing and painful factor discouraging them from wanting to go outside to fulfill their natural duties.

If you’re going to work with your dog, you’ll definitely want to avoid putting them in an uncomfortable position while they’re learning. Be sure to stay in the shade or to remain inside during the hottest times of the day, especially since dogs can get sunburned too (watch their nose and ears).

The heat of the patio and sidewalk is one of the most commonly overlooked issues when it comes to letting the dog out to potty. Paws, despite their toughness, are still tender like your hands. The pavement is usually upwards of twenty degrees hotter than the air, so if it’s ninety outside, the pavement is likely a hundred and ten degrees! That’s enough to start simmering some water.

Since you don’t want your dog becoming discouraged about going outdoors, you’ll need to design a comfortable situation and a good environment for them to be in. Take your dog to areas that are shaded or grassy, where the heat isn’t as extreme. Don’t go for walks during “high noon” or simply leave your dog out in the heat during this time.

Summer heat can be bad, especially when faced with the many hot sidewalks and roads of the big city. You may also consider investing in a grass litter box that you can put in the shade. Your dog won’t have to toast their toes just to empty their bladder.

Housetraining your dog can’t be put on hold because of hot weather, and with the right methods and tools, you can ensure your dog has a comfortable place to take care of their natural needs. Avoid those hot sidewalks and you won’t have to deal with toasty paws or sunburned noses and ears.

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