With the desert heat about to get brutal and almost-daily triple-digit temperatures in sight you’re going to have to start adjusting how you go about your day. That should include your and your dog’s exercise times.

If your pup 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. So, how do you determine if it’s too hot to take your dog for a walk? Here's a simple tip I picked up from my vet.

Feel the pavement with the back of your hand.

If you cannot 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 your doggo’s 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.

Most dogs hate wearing them, though. Mostly because they look like dorks trying to walk or run in them.

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