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

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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

Go to the main website: www.dogidog.co.uk

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About Theo Stewart

I am a dog Behaviourist (INTODogs-ABTC - AAB) and trainer covering Beds, Herts, Cambs and Bucks, a 'Victoria Stilwell' Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT) and a member of the IMDT. Graduate ISCP, International School for Canine Practitioners. My main site: www.dogidog.co.uk
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