Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors with your dog, and escaping the heat is a good idea for dogs and their owners. Here are a few tips to help humans and canines stay cool.
- Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun, so schedule dog walks for early mornings and evenings.
- Avoid hot pavements. There are plenty of leafy parks in Lower Hutt for you to explore and enjoy together.
- Enjoy some of our beaches and rivers where you can exercise your dog and splash around yourself. Muritai Beach in Eastborne, Petone Beach west of the wharf, parts of the Hutt River banks and Wainuiomata River are all places you can freely walk dogs.
- Unfortunately toxic algae is a problem in the Hutt River during long periods of warm, dry weather. It can be fatal to people and dogs if swallowed. If algae is present in the river, signs are put up along the river and alerts are posted on Facebook. All dog owners on our database are also sent text alerts.
- Keep your dog hydrated. If they start to pant excessively, get them into the shade and offer water.
- If you have to tie your dog up outside, make sure it has shade and water.
- Dogs can suffer fatal heat stroke within minutes so please don’t leave your dog in a parked car on a hot day. As well as putting your dog at risk, you could be fined $300.
And don’t forget summer means holidays. Places in boarding kennels go quickly for the Christmas/New Year period, so get organised. Did you know Council has boarding kennels at Seaview and Moa Point? They’re already fully booked for the Christmas/New Year period but there is boarding available throughout the year.