In summer it is very important to try and walk your dog early in the morning or later in the evening. It will be much more enjoyable for the both of you. But not all of us have that convenience and sometimes our furry friends need a walk in the middle of the day. If the pavement is scorching hot I highly recommend doggie footwear. If it hurts the palm of your hand when you place it on the sidewalk it is too hot for your dog. Doggie footwear has come a long way with many different sizes and styles. This may sound obvious but if you have the option of walking in the shade or on the sunny side of the street please pick shade. One tip I would like to share with you is to bring a water bottle that you can squeeze. Give your dog a little drink along the way. Squeeze the bottle and give them a little spritz along the walk. Give yourself a little midday summer water spritz while you are at it! It’s SUMMER- have fun! Thank you, Joy For Pets staff.