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If ever you’re not sure, walk them barefoot,……..
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If ever you’re not sure, walk them barefoot,……..
Walk barefoot yourself think you ment
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Concrete sidewalks in the shade, even on pretty toasty days, feel nice on my feet. I got Anouk off an asphalt parking lot right away though yesterday. I’ve walked dogs in sidewalks all summer minus the heatwaves. Just not mid-day on when sun is hitting our sidewalk (stay in shade side of buildings etc). Most sidewalks are concrete. Most parking lots and streets are some form of asphalt (hell hot). Driveways are usually concrete and a good test for the sidewalks. Some days, burn my feet, so - day for grass. Anyway, if the concrete seems “okay”, the asphalt you cross might still be horrid. I just avoid it all summer best I can. Best test is what Nola said.
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Here's something I didn't realize got all that hot: astroturf. I was at a work event and we were playing cornhole on a field with astroturf. I took my sandals off and it was incredible how much heat was coming up. Somebody had a doodle running around, poor thing was absolutely getting wrecked. Her owner, a supposed pro trainer, was like 'wow she is really anxious and dancing around'! 🤦‍♀️
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Here's something I didn't realize got all that hot: astroturf. I was at a work event and we were playing cornhole on a field with astroturf. I took my sandals off and it was incredible how much heat was coming up. Somebody had a doodle running around, poor thing was absolutely getting wrecked. Her owner, a supposed pro trainer, was like 'wow she is really anxious and dancing around'! 🤦‍♀️
I think any of the killer stuff is petroleum based (tar, astroturf, possibly some kinds of decks)
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Dry grass also runs way hotter than green grass. I watched a video showing the difference in temperature and I was shocked. I always try to keep in mind what Blitz walks on and now long he has to walk/stand on it since Florida is always a furnace. Leaving the vet for boosters today I cooled the truck off and stayed on the grass until I was sure the back was cool where his crate is. I am thinking about adding a ryobi fan to blow the front cabin air directly into the crate more since the backseat doesnt have dedicated vents. (My only complaint about the Tacoma) Does anyone know if they can connect to a USB or if they only run on the tool batteries?
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Here's something I didn't realize got all that hot: astroturf. I was at a work event and we were playing cornhole on a field with astroturf. I took my sandals off and it was incredible how much heat was coming up. Somebody had a doodle running around, poor thing was absolutely getting wrecked. Her owner, a supposed pro trainer, was like 'wow she is really anxious and dancing around'! 🤦‍♀️
Sand, sandy/rocky soils and gravel--natural, or in designed landscaping--can be hot. Decks, both man-made materials and even wood decks (depending on what color they are) can be very hot too.
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Living in an urban environment we have to pay strict attention to this.
If ever you’re not sure, walk them barefoot,……..
My method? I use the 7 second rule:

Find a sunny stretch of sidewalk or road and hold the back of your hand tight against the surface for 7 seconds. If it causes you discomfort, it is to hi=ot for the dog.

BTW, over the years, I have found that the worst offenders are our local river beaches. Between the beginning of June, through July, they are red hot. Especially at mid day.
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This makes me wonder, since I used to live in Yuma AZ, how hot the concrete would be. Since the outside temps would get into the 110s easy 😬 I think I had a bit of immunity running to the car to get groceries..lol.
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Sand, sandy/rocky soils and gravel--natural, or in designed landscaping--can be hot. Decks, both man-made materials and even wood decks (depending on what color they are) can be very hot too.
Weirdly limestone does not absorb much heat (sand, yes really hot). For rocky stuff my dogs just have some limestone pavers in the yard, including steps to the backyard. If anything they are the coolest surface in the yard. I don’t quite get it but I’m not a mineral nerd. But some limestone is fine for a dog yard.
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