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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-11-2016, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
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This is Chi Chi's first summer. Today it is in the 90s in Chicago and she is getting restless because I am hesitant to take her outside. I have been letting her run in and out the house and up and down the walkway and balcony but she is letting me know that she wants to go for her walk and playtime! How do I know when it is too hot? She has been to California twice but it was never this humid.
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It's rarely really hot here more than a few days during summer and fall. Scout and Truffles do not like hot! Scout always tries to find the coolest place in the house even during winter. If the temperature is 80 they will not go outside. When it is hot they like going to the park in the evening to play on the grass. Last night it was cool and windy and Scout would only walk a short distance and I ended up carrying Truffles.
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Zoe can get hot also, especially on her walks. I usually wet her down afterwards and sometimes during. I am mindful of
hot pavement so we stick to the grass.
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My two only go for early morning or evening walks.
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My two only go for early morning or evening walks.
I think we will follow suit! I played a few indoor games with her until she fell asleep. Hopefully it will be cooler when she wakes up.
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It's hot and humid here for months at a time. I only walk them in the mornings and the evenings, though will do a quick pee break in the yard during the day, and we often go to the dog park, but only after 7PM. My guys do fine, but they don't know any different.

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I haven't been taking Raffi for walks either. He is panting after just going out to potty. I saw another picture on Facebook that said if you can't leave the back of your hand on a surface for at least five seconds then it is too hot for your dog to walk on.
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One of the first puppy classes I took Watson to was held in a horse dressage ring. Even though it was in November, it was really nasty hot and humid. The trainer kept buckets of cold water around and spray bottles filled with ice water to use on dogs if the thought they were getting overheated. Whenever I go to the dog park, which is most evenings, I bring a collapsible bowl, cold water and a spray bottle. My dogs have never needed the spray, but I've used it on a couple Frenchies and a few Bostons, who never seem to know when to stop, and their owners didn't recognize the signs they were overheating. The trainer taught me to spray their paws and in their mouths as well as wet a towel to wrap them in, if needed. If I'm ever on the road with my dogs, even for errands, I have bottles of water I keep in the freezer, and I throw them in the car. It's Florida, and if my car ever broke down or if there was an accident, I would NOT want my dogs to be stranded with me without cold water.

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