If your dog is anything like mine, it's up for a walk anytime -- rain or shine, hot or cold, they're ready to roll. But just because you can, doesn't mean you should -- especially during an El Paso summer.

Here's a tip I gleamed off a Facebook post by a well regarded dog-training center to determine if it's too hot to walk your dog: feel the pavement with the back of your hand.

If you can't leave it there for five seconds, you should reconsider, because if it's too hot for the back of your hand, then it's too hot for the bottom of their feet. If that's the case, either walk them somewhere where there's grass, or wait until nighttime.

Or you could put little boots on them, but most dogs hate wearing them. Mostly because they look like dorks trying to walk or run in them.