Soaring temperatures are not kind to our dogs. The Hanson's Hounds pack have been struggling in the heat and we have had to adjust how and we spend our time.
When it has been safe to walk we stay in the shade in woodland, by running water and taking our time whilst the dogs focus on sniffing around and paddling to keep cool. Journeys are kept short with maximum ventilation in the van.
When its too hot to be out and about we have play dates at my house. The doggy paddling pool is topped up, we have dog friendly apple ice lollies and have a short stroll in the private wood at the rear of my house alongside the stream. We have aircon in two rooms and cool mats laid out so the dogs can get some respite from the heat. Our garden is overlooked by woodland so there's plenty of shade outside too.
As long as they have some other kind of mental stimulation, dogs can manage fine without a walk when its too hot; . There are plenty of ideas on the internet for canine enrichment, you dont have to buy expensive, plastic puzzle toys (no good for the environment either). Our favourite games are toy and apple bobbing in the paddling pool, treats hidden in old knotted T-shirts or tea towels, treats hidden in tightly scrunched up newspaper packed into boxes.
A BIT ABOUT ME......
We're three years on from the inception of Hanson's Hounds and its been a wonderful ride.