Make sure every outdoor trip in the summer sun is planned to make sure your dog is properly accommodated. Bring water and possibly a portable bowl so that your dog stays hydrated. Also, keep in mind that dogs cannot sweat so their bodies heat up much faster than humans’ do. Provide lots of water to keep them comfortable and make sure that there is shade wherever you go. Next, it’s important to consider timing of walks and hikes. At mid day or early afternoon, concrete and other hard surfaces are sure to be hot and will also radiate heat off of them. Avoid this, as it can become dangerous quickly. A good option to alleviate this potential issue if you choose to go out in direct sunlight is to invest in boots to cover your dog’s feet when walking in hot conditions. We may not consider this factor because our shoes protect our feet, but a dog’s paws can burn from hot concrete or asphalt. A good reference point is to hold your hand on the ground and determine if it’s bearable to keep it there for a long period of time. Finally, if you take your dog out on the open water, consider a life jacket. Dogs often act impulsively, so preparing for them to be in the water is important, even for those with dogs who are strong swimmers. All of these suggestions will help your dog stay safe and happy on your summer adventures.