As we experience warmer temperatures, we won't be the only ones wanting to lounge in our favourite sunny spot in the garden. Whether you're heading to the beach to soak up the sunshine, or just going walking from home, it's important to get your hound ready to safely enjoy this summer season.
The best time to go walking
On especially warm days the best time to take your hound on their walkies is early mornings, or late evenings when the air is cooler and the pavement isn't too hot that it'll burn their pads. As a general guide, if the pavement is too hot for your hand, it's too hot for your hound.
If your dog is going to be outside with you during the day, make sure that they have access to a shady spot to cool off in. Dogs feel the heat more than we do, so even though you are enjoying some sun, it doesn't necessarily mean that your dog is as well!
For a cool and refreshing way of keeping your dog occupied during the summer heat, why not freeze their favourite air-dried food into a Kong or ice lolly tray to create pup-sicles !
Don't feel guilty for skipping a walk and staying indoors instead, as there are plenty of ways to keep your hound busy without risking them overheating. You could try teaching your dog a new trick using our training reward treats, or engaging in some challenging puzzle games.
Know the signs of heatstroke
Having an idea of what the signs are could be fatal when it comes to identifying heatstroke in our hounds. Common, and often the most noticeable signs are excessive panting and drooling. Other symptoms to look out for include diarrhoea, vomiting, visible signs of confusion or uncoordinated movement, and in more progressed cases, collapse.
If you spot any of these signs, it's best to contact your vet straight away.
Don't forget to tag us in all your summer adventures on social media and enter our monthly #myinnocenthound competition for a chance to win a £50 gift card !