There is an old saying, “Mad dogs and Englishmen to out in the midday sun”. This is actually part of the lyrics of a song written in the 1930’s. Although I always talk about dogs of the canine variety, this phrase references “Mad Dogs” as a slang that means someone who is wild and crazy.
So, when I see someone out in the middle of a hot summer day taking their dog for a long walk or playing fetch with them in the park, I definitely see one “canine” dog and one “mad dog”. Please don’t get me wrong, there are times where you may have to take your dog out in the middle of a summer day for some exercise, potty time, etc. Our responsibility as dog owners is not to be “mad dogs”, but responsible dog owners. What does this mean?
Well, the biggest thing that we can remember is if we are outside and we feel hot, our dog will feel really hot. Unfortunately, they can’t tell us that “It is just too darn hot out here! I want my air conditioning! By the way, where is the lemonade?”
Because our dogs may have been cooped up all morning, they may be extremely excited just to be out and play. They may not feel the high temperature because of their adrenalized state. This can lead to heat exhaustion and even worse.
We must be acutely aware of the temperature and activities we are performing with our dog while out in the summer heat. By monitoring our activities and the physical environment while outside, we can keep our dogs safe while still allowing them their external play time. Robin and I have a great article that will provide you with the steps you need to take to have a safe play time with your dog outside this summer. Please take a look at our dog training article titled “Can I Play with My Dog Outside in the Summer Heat”.