In this video, a man demonstrates how hot the ground can be during a day with only an air temperature of 80 degrees. Depending on what surface he measures, it ranges anywhere from 90-113 degrees! So even on a relaxing day with a slightly lower temperature, the ground can be uncomfortable to your dog.
“This is what happens when a dog is walked on surfaces that are too hot! So folks, always check the sidewalk or road – if it’s too hot for you, it’s definitely too hot for your pets!”
According to Pet Sitters, 140-degree pavement will cause permanent damage to your dog’s paws in just one minute. At 150 degrees, their paws can burn and blister on contact.
So Moon Valley Canine Training came up with this quick trick to help you determine if the ground is safe for your pooch. Rest the backside of your hand on the ground for five seconds; if it’s uncomfortable to you, it’s uncomfortable to your dog.
Other safety measures include: Dog booties or socks, taking walks in the morning or late at night, staying in grassy areas, and moisturizing your pup’s feet.