This wasn’t a hot day, just a warm spring day. Nice but… There’s always a but. All the concrete reflected the sun and was very warm. The concrete was so warm that it was quite uncomfortable to dog paws.

Hot dog on hot concrete: Vancouver, BC

Hot dog on hot concrete: Vancouver, BC

The actual test for find out if the concrete is too hot for a dog’s paws is to put your hand on the concrete and keep it there for a full 10 seconds.

  • If it’s too hot for keeping your hand for 10 seconds on the concrete, then it’s too hot for your dog to walk on.
  • If the ground is hot but you can keep your hand on the concrete for the full 10 seconds, then make sure that the walk is a short walk.