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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 07-08-2014, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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Can my V handle the heat?

Hello everyone I have a 16 week old V that is going with us to the river in AZ and the temperature will be about 108degrees F. We live in Southern California and he's used to 80degrees F. My concern is obviously the heat, We are taking his best friend(another active dog)and they can swim and run for hours and hours. We will have a canopy for shade and obviously the water to cool down . Any precautions or advice that anyone could give would be greatly appreciated. BTW he has become a great swimmer. We introduced the pool at 9 weeks and he would just play around in the shallow step but about a week or so ago he jumped all the way in and now we can't keep him out. We are so excited. Thanks in advance for the replies.
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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 07-08-2014, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Can my V handle the heat?

Here's a video of him swimming.... thanks for watching.
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Re: Can my V handle the heat?

Redbirddog posted on his blog about this recently, hope he doesn't mind me passing on his post
http://redbirddog.blogspot.ca/2014/0...atch-eyes.html

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Thanks Rbka!
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Re: Can my V handle the heat?

I'll also add that it does take them a while to adjust to warmer temps if they aren't used to it. We live in Texas where 100+ temps aren't uncommon in the summer, but in the winter we will have below freezing temps as well. When springtime rolls around and it gets in the 80's, 90's I notice that Ruby gets hot a lot quicker than what I remembered from the previous summer. After a few days/weeks she adjusts.
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Re: Can my V handle the heat?

My dogs are used to the Georgia heat but honestly cannot take more than 20 minutes of it at a time. Of course we have the humidity too which makes it much worse.

Just be careful, do short rounds of playing and take lots of shade breaks.
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Thank you guys for the responses, I'll definitely keep a close eye on him and have him take a lot of shade breaks(against his will because he doesn't like breaks).
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Wilson is terrible about the heat. We live in DC and I don't think he ever fully adjusts to the humidity and heat during the summer. You have received good tips here, but I will note just one thing: your pup may not even be aware of how hot he is to slow down before he overheats. When Wilson was about six months, he kept going and going and never stopped until he finally crashed. He had seriously overheated. He returned to me (we were at a park about a block from home) with his tail between his legs and basically leaned against me the whole way home. It took him about an hour to fully calm down and stop breathing hard after he was finally inside the house. He just sprawled on the cool tile and a/c until he felt better. I was stupid and didn't know to stop him before he overheated, especially since he never slowed down. It's easy to reach that point when they are puppies and over excited about playing with another pup and being outside. So be vigilant and pull him out of play BEFORE you reach that point.

Now that Wilson is more mature (two in October!), he seems to know better when it's too hot to engage in serious play. He slows down or doesn't break out into a full sprint when it's too hot. I still keep an eye on him, but it's not like when he was a puppy and would just go until he crashed.
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Re: Can my V handle the heat?

My Mom lives in Lake Havasu City AZ we have taken our dogs there alot. Some cool off tips, keep a wet towel on his crate, or even use a sprinkler/mister attached to a water hose. Keep the sand or ground around your camp wet ( I'm assuming your camping??) If you are in an air conditioned place, take him in to nap more often then usual.
Please read the article in this Forum about "Valley Fever" AZ is where my late pup contracted this disease. It is in the sand, dirt and air. Be very careful about his digging especially near rodent holes, or burrows.

I know your pup will have the time of his life... my dogs just loved IT.

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PS... Watch out for sun burn... I know it sound crazy, but it can easily happen to the eyes from glare off the water, and especially that unprotected light brown nose. Unfortunately, I don't know of a solution to either problelm.

Again, have a great time, and tell us all about it when you return...pic's and video's are always appreciated!!

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