Now summer is finally here, the days are longer, the weather is warmer and the sun is making more and more frequent appearances. It is the perfect time to get outdoors and appreciate the beauty that the English summer has to offer.
Your dog will also be loving the warmer weather. They will be enjoying the sunshine with all the new scents from the blooming flowers and the larger amounts of new friends they can make as more people venture out into the parks and woods to enjoy the summer.
Be sun safe
The most important thing for you to wear when taking your dog out for a walk in the summer is sun cream. We have all been told about the harmful effects the sun’s UV rays can have on our skin, including the risk of skin cancer. Whether you are planning a long walk or just a short 10 minutes around the block, it is important you apply sun cream before going out into the sun.
Wearing a hat is also a good idea when dog walking in the summer. A hat protects your head from burning and can also help your body to regulate your temperate during the hot summer months. Hats also make great fans when you’re taking a quick breather too!
When you are taking your dog out for a walk in the summer it is important that you wear some comfortable, sensible shoes. While your flip flops or sandals may look great, they can begin to rub on long walks and your dog won’t much appreciate you cutting his walk short because of a blister. If your dog does an escape act during your walk, you will find it hard to run after him in sandals too.
While we are all hoping for a long and glorious summer, the typical English summer time is not so reliable. Our weather can change from blue skies to torrential downpour and back again in the space of 10 minutes. It is a good idea to take a light, waterproof coat with you when you take your dog for a walk that you can tie around your waist or put in a bag if not needed. Better to be safe than sorry!
Don’t forget to wear something with pockets when walking your dog in the summer. Many summer outfits don’t have them, but you will still need somewhere to stash your poop bags!
Article by Derek Chambers of Finchley Dog Walker