How to travel with a chihuahua during hot weather

Tips and Tricks // June 2019
Pablo inside the backpack at Lamego

In summer, it’s when we like to leave the house and look for adventures or walks outside. It is also the time of year when we usually schedule our vacations to run away from the office and look for vitamin D.

So far the hottest trip that Pablo has made was to Lamego last year. We arrived close to midnight at the Casa da Real Companhia and it was almost 30º C in the car. We had very hot nights; those kind of nights that it is difficult to fall asleep and Pablo changed his position every 10 minutes, always with his tongue out 😛

Hot sun, Pablo on the back

During summertime we usually walk with our special backpack that we bought on Amazon’s website. It is a super-ventilated backpack in which Pablo can travel at the owner’s back during the hottest hours.

Pablo inside the backpack at Caldaria de Lobios (Spain), where unfortunately pets are forbidden.
Pablo inside the backpack at Caldaria de Lobios (Spain), where unfortunately pets are forbidden.

Why this? When temperatures are very high (for Pablo 30ºC it is already quite hot) the dogs can burn their paws due to the heat. If we put our hand on the ground for a few seconds and get burned, it is very likely that it will burn the dog’s paws too. So, at those moments I prefer to take Pablo in his backpack. As it is a very small dog, it does not become difficult; he is always close to me; he sees the sights as everyone and still steals smiles from those who pass by. It also works great if we want to go somewhere where animals are forbidden. For example, thanks to the backpack, the guides of the Traje Museum in Viana do Castelo let Pablo enter, inside the backpack, and make the whole visit.

Water always available

There is always a bottle of water and a travel bowl for refreshing breaks. It’s important to keep ourselves hydrated and dogs too! If we are hiking, a travel bowl and a bottle of water can “save lives”.

Shadows at the time of greatest heat

In the hottest hours what Pablo really likes is being in the shade. If it gets a breeze, better! If it is not possible to swim in a beautiful beach or swimming pool, it is best to rest his paws where the sun doesn’t burn and of course, water always available. During hot days, walks with the paws on the ground, only before 11am and after 5pm.

These are our golden rules during travel times. At home it is much easier to escape from the heat, but if you’re like us, travel time is in the summer! Have fun out there and watch out for the sun!

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