Here are some tips to keep the walks safe and fun:
Do take this time to teach your Pug to heel. Once this lesson is learned, it always makes walking more enjoyable for both owner and dog. Walking in tandem, without a dog pulling on the leash or stopping every few moments, makes this moderate exercise something to look forward to.
If the temperature is over 90 degrees F (32.2 C), it is best to skip that day as this breed will overheat too quickly. Instead, opt for an indoor exercise activity (suggestions are below).
During warm to hot weather, head out before 10 AM and/or after 5 PM, avoiding the hottest times of the day.
Always bring a collapsible bowl and a chilled water bottle for your Pug. Even if you do not see signs of over-heating, take a break 12/ way through the walk. It is best to rest in the shade, offering a nice break out of the sun and a cold drink of water.
Be aware of how hot walking surfaces can become in the summer
. Recently, a news story in Nevada focused on the sudden surge of dog owners who obtained doggie shoes for their pets as temperatures soared into the 100's. And doing this saved many dogs from discomfort and/or injury.
Paws are made of skin
, albeit thick skin, and are vulnerable to cuts, scrapes and burns. If your Pug resists outdoor exercise, it just may be that he has an intolerance to the walking surface.
(This is common when dogs are brought out to exercise on the beach...sand particles become stuck between paw pads and the dog resists running around). Paw wax is another great alternative.
If want to try out a new route and are not sure if it is too far away, start off slow and work your way up. The last thing you will want to do is tired your Pug out before it is time to turn around and cover the same amount of distance to return home.