Dog’s Feet in the Summer – Could the hot pavement be painful?


Have you walked barefoot on a hot pavement. Painful, isn’t it.

With the current summer warnings about not leaving dogs in hot cars, I got to thinking a bit more about my dogs’ feet.

I know that dogs sweat through their feet, that they have four toes and a dew claw and that some don’t like having their feet held and in particular having their nails cut, but I haven’t given dogs’ feet much more thought until prompted by a post in Facebook about paws on hot pavements.

I then found a site with lots of facts about dogs’ feet, including, according to the ASPCA, a paw massage will relax your dog and promote better circulation and what are dew claws for? Read more.

Feet are also made for digging. Here is the story of a dog I helped who carried digging to extremes and a video of another digger I went to with owners who allowed him to keep his hole.

Theo Stewart, The Dog Lady

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About Theo Stewart

I am a dog Behaviourist C.C.B (Certified Canine Behaviourist) INTODogs). I have helped over 3000 dog owners over eighteen years. In addition to online consultations all over the world, I cover Beds, Herts, Cambs and Bucks for home visits. A 'Victoria Stilwell' Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT) and a full member of the IMDT. Graduate ISCP, International School for Canine Practitioners. My main site:
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