Keeping Your Dachshund Cool In The Summer

Here in the UK, we are currently going through a heatwave of around 32* + weather.

I still consider myself a new dog owner and I wouldn’t have really known about dogs and summer weather being a potential issue until I witnessed with my own eyes what the hot weather can do to a dog.

Whilst we were out on a casual walk a few weeks ago, the weather was probably no hotter than 24* but it was still pretty warm. The dogs were playing in the open fields where one of them suddenly stopped moving and decided to stay still. The owner picked up their dog and found that their dog was shivering uncontrollably and drooling.

Immediately we took her into the shade whilst they arranged an emergency vet appointment.

At first we didn’t know what was going on as the other dogs seemed fine and were still playing.

We speculated that it might have been an upset stomach etc.

But the following day I stumbled across a graphic being shared around in the doggy forums where they discuss the symptoms of heatstroke.

After seeing this, it was clear to me that the dog was showing signs of heatstroke and as a relatively new dog owner, I would not have really been aware of this being such an issue with summer weather at 24*.

Now that this week is averaging 30-32*+ I thought it would be a good opportunity to discuss a few best practices.

Tip 1 – Walk your dog early morning and late night

Before the sun can fully rise or is about to start setting is when the temperatures are lower. In the middle of the night is clearly going to be much cooler, but realistically you won’t walk your dog at this time.

It may be a little inconvenient but ideally you should try walk your dog outside of peak heat hours. So your daily routine may have to change throughout summer.

Tip 2 – Restrict exercise

We all want to exercise our dogs to maintain their weight, keep them active and happy, but in this type of heat, letting them generate more internal heat within their bodies is potentially dangerous given the fact that the outside temperatures are soaring.

Keep their exercise in shaded areas and to a minimum

Tip 3 – Carry Water

Like us humans, in the heat, we get thirsty. So it’s essential you carry around something where you can give your dog water on-the-go!

Whether this be a collapsible bowl which you simply fill with bottled water, or a doggy specific bottle with a bowl on the end for them to drink out of.

We opted for a bottle we found on Amazon.co.uk

We first noticed it as other dog owners during our walks were using it and were impressed by the convenience it offers. I will write up a review on this product soon, but in short, it is convenient, clean, tidy and simply works!

Click Here to purchase your one via Amazon.co.uk.

Tip 4 – Do Not Walk on Pavement for Long Periods

In the summer the concrete ground can get hot and our short legged Dachshunds unfortunately don’t have much clearance with their chest and belly’s from the ground. Therefore the heat can reflect off the ground and back up to the bodies.

Keep their exercise on grass where possible or remember to stay in shaded areas on concrete.

There are more in-depth articles out there, however I just wanted to do a quick post to ensure the message is spread and that people are more aware of the dangers this heatwave can provide to our short legged friends.

Sausage BLOG – 7 – Meeting @Boscoandhisbigstick

It’s funny how when you’re not a part of a certain group or interest, you don’t notice it. Then when you’re involved in that world, you see it around you everywhere!

I never noticed too many Dachshunds until I got Choco and now I see them everywhere when I’m out.

I absolutely love Dachshunds and enjoy meeting new ones. They generally bring people so much happiness with their little characters.

Whenever I walk my Choco, I get stopped very regularly as people just want to say hello or sometimes simply walk past, but turning their heads with a smile of admiration whilst looking at Choco.

Then earlier this year, I saw a video appear on my facebook news feed which took this to the next level!

If you watch this video, not only will you see a little dog with big ambitions for carrying very big sticks! You see how much joy he brings people.

As he walks down bossing his way through the park, people look down, smile, laugh and step aside for the Park’s Branch Manager.

With the fact I already love Dachshunds as a whole, I really wanted to meet this specific one named Bosco!

As we both live in London, we did manage to arrange a walk last Sunday for where I got to witness Bosco and his Big Stick in person!

It was just like the videos you see on social media but funnier!

I got to witness with my own eyes, Bosco find the best spot on the big stick to pick up for optimal balance, likewise the random people walking past him being filled with joy and laughter. I even heard someone say “That’s the dog with the instagram account” lol… So Bosco is officially a celebrity in my eyes!

Bosco already has a large following, larger than ours in fact, so I’m sure most of my current readers are already familiar with him. But if you’re not already following, go check him out on Instagram.com/boscoandhisbigstick .

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Sausage BLOG – 4 – Running with Kipp!

We met Kipp about two weeks ago and bumped into him a week later. We had a great time we thought we would arrange another run with him!

Between running away from domination, stealing his toys with some playful biting, it was a lot of fun! Definitely burnt a few calories today…

Not much else to say, but there’s more to see!

Photos and videos are below…

Follow Choco and Kipp on instagram for more pics and some of Kipp’s amazing stories! He must show me how to make them so fancy!

Sausage BLOG – 3 – Dulwich Park

Usually we head down to Greenwich Park as its usually got a few dogs running around off-leash. It’s generally one of the nicer parks in London and not terribly far from us.

However, this morning we decided to check out Dulwich Park as this is only 5-10min drive and has free parking!

To our surprise we saw more dogs than we usually do in Greenwich! So Choco got to say hello to a few dogs of various breeds.

We met another little Dacshund named Frank. A little 5 month old Black and Tan one. We had a short run, but we were heading in different directions at the time. Hopefully Choco and Frank will have their run soon!

But the biggest surprise was bumping into Kip!

We actually met Kip a week ago whilst having a family picnic at Dulwich Park and when we met, he was on-leash at the time, so we didn’t get a chance to run properly then; but today Choco had PLENTY of fun!

Until next time Kip!

Sausage BLOG – 2 – Hyde Park Sausage Walk

Short but sweet blog today as unfortunately I was unable to get a decent number of photos. Or a decent photo for that matter!

Usually I go to these events with my partner, however she could not make it on this occasion and I had to fly solo.

So my attention was more focused on making sure Choco did not roll in poo or run off too far!

As usual we met loads of new little Sausages, some of which I discovered we were already following on Instagram.

I got to speak to the owner of Daisy & Delilah whom helped give me some insight on how it is owning two Dachshunds.

We are currently in strong consideration on getting a second Dachshund and will probably take the plunge in the next month or so at this rate.

We will keep everyone updated on Instagram and the blog, until then… enjoy the photos and videos I got from today’s Hyde Park Sausage Walk.

Thanks to Winston’s mum, Ana, for organising this event.

About

Choco came into my life suddenly in the summer of 2018 where a friend of mind had adopted him for his family.

Not long after Choco moved into his new home, they soon found out their youngest son at 4yrs old was allergic. So it was quite an urgent thing whereby Choco unfortunately needed to leave asap.

My friend looked into putting Choco into boarding at a Doggy Daycare called Richmond Rascals and before that got confirmed, me and my partner discussed looking after Choco temporarily until he was rehomed.

We spent weeks discussing back and forth with various potential owners for Choco and then realised we both fell in love with him and couldn’t let him go.

Being both full-time working professionals it was a difficult decision as we wasn’t sure if we could make it work long-term, but the way life stood at the time it was easily do-able and any obstacles which comes across in the future, we decided we would just have to make it work!

Fast forward to Spring 2019, I am here now writing this post.

I decided to start a blog for not only Choco, but for all things Sausage Dog!

I realised there were many things I wanted to share, discuss and learn with regards to the Dachshund breed. After attending a few Dachshund meet ups I soon realised there was a massive community of Dachshund owners and some of which shared the same questions and concerns we did.

So this blog is also to share Choco’s journey, or Choco’s Modern Life 😉 (go follow on Instagram), as well as educational tips for caring for your Dachshund… or just come visit this site for the cute pics!

I hope you will return regularly and please do leave comments for feedback. 🙂