5-Second Rule Tells Pet Parents if Pavement is Too Hot for Dog’s Paws

Want to take your dog for a walk but aren’t sure if it’s too hot outside for him? Try the 5-second rule.

Want to take your dog for a walk but aren’t sure if it’s too hot outside for him? Try the 5-second rule.

Summer’s here and the weather is heating up. It’s time for pool parties, refreshing drinks and barbecues. But that doesn’t mean pet parents are going to give up taking their dogs for walks; after all, our four-legged friends still need exercise no matter what season it is.

While some cities may be cooler than others, the ground can still get pretty hot. (You aren’t walking around barefoot on the cement, right?) Sometimes, though, it may be hard to judge if the pavement is too hot for your dog’s paws. The good news is there’s a way to tell and all it takes is five seconds – and a quick trip outside, of course. Moon Valley Canine Training posted the tip on their Facebook page and it has since been shared nearly 115,000 times. Check it out:

The five-second rule: Place the back of your hand on the pavement. If you cannot hold it for five seconds, it’s too hot to walk your dog.

Posted by Moon Valley Canine Training on Thursday, June 18, 2015

So the next time your dog wants to go for a walk, try the 5-second rule. If you can’t keep the back of your hand on the ground that long, he’ll just have to wait until you can.

Do you have any hot weather tips for walking your dog that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments.

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