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Old 07-19-2022, 10:20 PM   #1
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Hot Sidewalks for Dogs

I have a question for those that walk their dogs. With recent hotter than normal temperatures; we all hear about and know that hot concrete can burn the paws of dogs.

But my question is that when I see people walking their dogs when I know ambient temperatures are 100 plus degrees, the dogs just walk on the sidewalk just as happily ever after. Why is that?

I would think if concrete is too hot for their paws they will get on the grass? In fact; they only seem to veer of the sidewalk to go smell something or to poop on someone's lawn. When they finish they go back to the sidewalk. We have one neighbor who frequently lets her dog loose and the dog just run up and down the sidewalk playing. When she calls; the dog runs down the sidewalk back to her with wide open grass

What am I missing?
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Old 07-19-2022, 10:50 PM   #2
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Ha. I've measured my driveway blacktop at 130+ in the sun. The beagle will walk out and lay down on it...
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Old 07-20-2022, 07:16 AM   #3
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Depends on the dog. Some dogs who are outdoors a lot will have tougher pads on their feet and the heat won't bother them. When I was a kid we used to run around barefoot all summer on the hot Arizona blacktop, our feet got used to it and it didn't bother us. Could not do it today. A lot of people here put booties on their dogs if they are house dogs and don't get out much.
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Old 07-20-2022, 07:20 AM   #4
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Ha. I've measured my driveway blacktop at 130+ in the sun. The beagle will walk out and lay down on it...
Ha , I have not seen that (yet). It kind of worries me because we have that Neighborhood Nextdoor App and I have seen people go after other dog owners that are walking their dogs down the street. I know it sounds logically and the premise is sound because it is certainly hotter than normal. Just thought I would ask for perspective from RV Dog owners. Not to long ago some dog owners were considered irresponsible for not walking their dogs, now most do, but on certain days it is ok to keep them locked in house or backyard.

When we had a dog, he would lay on our concrete patio all the time when not chasing at birds, squirrels etc. He had a full yard, few trees and dog house (not to mention a pool) but stayed on that concrete with no shade cover. When he was in the house, he would bark to get outside 10 minutes after the joy of just being around.
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Old 07-20-2022, 07:34 AM   #5
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Depends on the dog. Some dogs who are outdoors a lot will have tougher pads on their feet and the heat won't bother them. When I was a kid we used to run around barefoot all summer on the hot Arizona blacktop, our feet got used to it and it didn't bother us. Could not do it today. A lot of people here put booties on their dogs if they are house dogs and don't get out much.
My question is more so on what the dog will do and not the people (owners)

Given it is a house dog, I have a neighbor who will let their dog out to run and play ( no leash but that is another topic) and that dog a tiny one will run & walk up and down the sidewalk on their own free will.

What made me post the question because I have been reading of late where some homeowners are going after other dog owning home owners if they see them walking their dogs!!! So I tend to watch closer; but these dogs I see it is not like the concrete is so hot that they try to pull the owner to the grass or even walk on the grass themselves for that matter.
They just calmly lead the dog owner on sidewalk until they wish to poop or go sniff something?

Make no mistake, the concrete is hot, I would not walk on it barefooted and yes it is logical to not do or limit, but is it really a pain for the dog? If so; why don't the dogs react to it? If I saw a dog owner literally pulling his dog's leash to force the dog on the sidewalk, I would not have this question and might even call Animal Control, but I never see this.
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Old 07-20-2022, 11:55 AM   #6
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My dog Grace and I walk about five to ten miles per day over three or four walks. Her pads are very thick, and neither cold nor heat nor relatively sharp objects seem to bother her. I believe their pads are equivalent to a pair of sneakers for us.
As far as hot days are concerned, I do use a misting bottle on her as the temperatures start to exceed 75F, and we try to stay in the shade as much as possible. Obviously, we don't get the mileage in on our hikes in the hot weather.
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Old 07-20-2022, 01:04 PM   #7
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Cook hot dogs on the sidewalk. ��
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Old 07-20-2022, 01:15 PM   #8
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Old 07-20-2022, 03:38 PM   #9
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My dog Grace and I walk about five to ten miles per day over three or four walks. Her pads are very thick, and neither cold nor heat nor relatively sharp objects seem to bother her. I believe their pads are equivalent to a pair of sneakers for us.
As far as hot days are concerned, I do use a misting bottle on her as the temperatures start to exceed 75F, and we try to stay in the shade as much as possible. Obviously, we don't get the mileage in on our hikes in the hot weather.
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Your situation is dead on to my question. What if you and Grace moved to our neighborhood? Animal control might be at your door every day fielding calls from neighbors for you walking the dog on sidewalk. They may even charge you with some Dog Labor Laws for having the dog pull the sleigh.
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Old 07-20-2022, 03:51 PM   #10
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Hi DK,
I see your point. Of course, an M'lute really cannot be taken to the southern states in anything but the dead of winter. They have been raised by the Inuit Tribe to survive forty below.
When we sled, it is all fun & games until we start uphill. Then, Grace looks over her shoulder and tells me "you brought the sled - you pull it up this hill!" She is a very smart dog.
But, back to your original question, I believe part of the problem is the proliferation of Smart Phones. People get absorbed in applications of software and not looking-up from them. We should enjoy the day, and talk to other people with kindness. When that is not possible, a guy should at least mind his own business.
I personally use a Kyocera Flip phone without a camera or any texting capability. I don't even use a voice recorder for it. There is a time and place for computer work, but it isn't out on the street; that is for sure.
These are interesting times.
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Old 07-24-2022, 07:50 PM   #11
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2 Year old miniature poodle. She walks in the shadows around the pool's concrete deck.

I only walk her in the early morning before the sun had heated the streets, since if we leave our yard, we have no sidewalks and have to walk on tarmac.

I have checked temps with IR thermometer. If the street is over 100*, she does not walk on it.

Most of the summer, she gets her exercise in our fenced in yard. If traveling in the RV, we stay on the grass and walk early or later after sundown.
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2 Year old miniature poodle. She walks in the shadows around the pool's concrete deck.

I only walk her in the early morning before the sun had heated the streets, since if we leave our yard, we have no sidewalks and have to walk on tarmac.

I have checked temps with IR thermometer. If the street is over 100*, she does not walk on it.

Most of the summer, she gets her exercise in our fenced in yard. If traveling in the RV, we stay on the grass and walk early or later after sundown.
When I was a kid my aunt and uncle had a Poodle that I would walk sometimes. It was the only dog I ever knew that waked around a puddle instead of through it. I since learned that Poodles are about the most intelligent dogs there are.
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Remember the expression, dogs as well as other animals will run themselves too death? Yep. Their threshold to pain and injury varies greatly.
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I guess the point, or irony is that other dog owners are going after other dogs owners just because they are walking their dogs. It has got so bad or viral on next door it makes be more observing.

I use IR thermometer and got...

110* Bull Nose brick around pool
119* Pea gravel deck around the pool
124* Concrete sidewalk

So the question is not whether it is hot, it is. But is it harming some pet owners pets? I find it hard to believe that any pet owner would harm their dog, and if they would; I don't think forcing them to walk on a too hot ( for humans with no shoes) concrete surface would be their chosen tactic?

Since this developed; I watch the dogs closer now when I see them being walked. I have yet to see any to deviate to plenty of grass right next to them unless they go sniffing something or to poop / pee. I will be honest we have been here years and I see 20 - 25 dogs being walked a day on our street and I have never seen a Poodle or poodle pet owner walk their dog?

But anyway, the issue or dilemma is that some folks that are walking their dogs are coming under attack. Most all RV parks I see have concrete or pavement too, I never saw or heard of anyone complaining that a pet owner was abusing their dog by walking on concrete at a RV Park?

What will be next; it is too cold for dogs to walk on ice How many Siberian Huskies in the infirmary with frost bite

All kidding aside; I am just waiting to see a owner walking their dog and forcing the dog on the sidewalk via the leash. What I see is a dog just happily walking in front on a leash on hot concrete. Although there is one lady that her dog always walks behind her? Sometimes the dog will stop and she gets a little agitated, but she always walks her dog early morning like 7:30 AM. She might be in hurry to get to work?
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Our back yard is grass and fenced in. The dogs have a doggie door and have access in and out whenever they want. When traveling we are very conscience of the sidewalk temperatures, when it’s hot, the dogs get to ride in their favorite safe place, it’s well ventilated, they love it, and literally can’t wait to jump in when they see it. It comes in handy when we’re at crowded outdoor flea markets, etc. It keeps them in a controlled environment and not tripping anyone with their leashes etc. The front wheel is removable and the trailer tongue unfolds. It works for us and the dogs. There are "Responsible Dog People" and then there are people who have dogs, there is a difference.
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If animal control showed up on my doorstep because of a complaint that I was hurting my dog by walking on the hot sidewalk, I'd tell them they could go pound sand unless they had evidence/video of me actually forcing/dragging the animal onto that concrete. Some people really do need to mind their own business.
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If animal control showed up on my doorstep because of a complaint that I was hurting my dog by walking on the hot sidewalk, I'd tell them they could go pound sand unless they had evidence/video of me actually forcing/dragging the animal onto that concrete. Some people really do need to mind their own business.
2X. This is so funny I can't take it seriously. Amen on the animal control guy; the conversation will not go well and I suspect he will regret knocking on this retired Marine's door! The world of electronics has involved everyone in everyone else's business. LOL People just need to mind their own business. I am well into my eighth decade and can't live without a dog. Current one is a rescued long haired Dachshund, and he lays on the scolding hot concrete beside the pool on 96+ days here in SWFL instead of moving over three feet to the shade. It's his choice, I've tried coaxing him over, but he refuses. Get a life folks.
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