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Dog Days of Summer

Aug 19, 2020 at 10:54am

Time for a W-A-L-K? Here are three doggie-doo’s for new pup parents.

Over the past few months dog adoptions have skyrocketed across the country. Back in April, two San Bernardino County shelters had almost all animals placed in forever homes. As they adapt to their new digs, it’s good to give your new pal a schedule that includes a daily walk. To help plan walks during the hot dog days of summer, we put together three stormwater savvy doggie-doo tips that every new-pup parent needs to know.

 1. Protect the paws

The best time to take your dog on a stroll is in the early morning or evening. As the temperature rises throughout the day, the ground heats up. A good way to make sure your pup’s paws are protected is to place the back of your hand on the ground of your path. If the ground is so warm that you can’t hold your hand in place for more than five seconds, it’s too hot for your dog. Unless your dog is wearing heat-resistant booties, plan to have all of your walks at a cooler time to ensure the safety of your pup.


2. Take a water break

Your dog might tire out sooner in the summer heat and a quick drink of water can perk them right up. Always take a reusable water bottle and a portable water bowl with you. Many portable water bowls even have clips to easily attach to any leash. Keep an eye out for signs that your dog may be tired or overheated such as increased panting, drooling, slowing down or seeking shade. All of these signs indicate that your pal needs a water break.


3. Pick up after your pet

Here at the Mojave River Watershed we always say “doggie-doo is a stormwater don’t.” Pet waste is a pollutant that can cause stormwater pollution in our watershed. Several brands offer doggie bags with leash latching containers, making it easy to prevent pet waste from being stepped in or causing pollution. Keep our community a pollution free Mojave by picking up after your pet and throwing the doggie bag away in the nearest trash can.

If you plan on adopting a dog, consider visiting the Victor Valley Animal Protective League (VVAPL) to find your next companion. Be sure to call the VVAPL first to inquire for changes to business hours and COVID-19 entry requirements.


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