Originally Posted by ehayes21
No. LOL...I was talking about the pads on the dogs feet. They are tough enough to handle a little hot pavement.
There are lots of single dog homes that are perfectly happy. Rowdy was an only dog until he was three years old and did just fine. I worked an 8 hour day, but just made provisions for him while I was away. Don't be fooled that every dog needs another dog in order to not be lonely. You just have to do what you can to make sure they're not bored; like tiring them out before you leave, having some one come in mid-day for a little play time and a potty break, then lots of exercise and play time after you get home.
Are you sure they can handle that kind of heat? I'm not sure where in Florida you live, but I've walked a few times barefoot and as a result had blisters all over my feet. There's been times I've gone to the beach and forgot my flipflops and didn't realize it was so hot and I have to run for shade. The people walking down the street with flipflops or shoes wouldn't have a clue how how the floors are.
I'm not sure if your aware, but sidewalks in my area reach up to 145 degrees, which I can't imagine being a dog having to walk barefoot in these conditions.
Now that we're getting cooler weather it might not be a problem, but I'm not sure how you can determine if your dog is uncomfortable or not?
It's a lot cooler at 6pm for me and I've noticed the few times I've walked Roxy during the day she is about to die. I mean she can go 30 minutes and come back home and want to play fetch and has a little bit of energy. If I take her during the middle of the day, she has trouble breathing really really bad and her tongue just falls out of her mouth the entire walk.
Because of the hot side walks that I feel she would suffer and the humidity, which I've read a few times that boxers don't do too well. I've been trying to walk her when it's a little bit cooler. I've noticed that if I'm sweating from the humidity bad, she is really breathing heavy.
"Because of their brachycephalic head, they do not do well with high heat or humidity, and common sense should prevail when exercising a Boxer in these conditions."