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Question the HEAT

Lately Beamer has been so tired/exhausted when coming back in from walks in the heat. It has been about 80-85 degrees F. here lately. He always seems fine while actually on his 30-60 minute walk, but once home he runs for the water dish and then pretty much pants for quite some time afterwards while lying down. I do not recall him panting like this last summer when he was a little puppy?? He always wants to go outside and play and run around, but does not seem to do very well in the hot weather after back in the house.. is this normal??

When the walk is long we stop in at my parents house for some water. Should I be bringing water with so he can have some more often during the walk?

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80-85F? Since when did you become American? Now I have to convert that to CDN....

Well I'm pretty sure last year when he was a puppy, you probably didn't take him for as long a walk. I know I certainly didn't. When I take the boys to the park after work I always take a water bottle with me. But I make sure I don't over do it with the water. I don't think it's too good if they over drink and run and play. Probably create bloat or give them cramps. Remember what mamma said, never swim after eating dinner....
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Lately Beamer has been so tired/exhausted when coming back in from walks in the heat. It has been about 80-85 degrees F. here lately. He always seems fine while actually on his 30-60 minute walk, but once home he runs for the water dish and then pretty much pants for quite some time afterwards while lying down. I do not recall him panting like this last summer when he was a little puppy?? He always wants to go outside and play and run around, but does not seem to do very well in the hot weather after back in the house.. is this normal??

When the walk is long we stop in at my parents house for some water. Should I be bringing water with so he can have some more often during the walk?

THANKS!
Ryan
There are great portable water bottles to take on walks. That long of a walk might be too much for him in the heat though Ryan. Mine wear out quickly in the heat but we're a lot warmer than you are.

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Daniel,

Yeah, I sold out on the temp thing.. lol
It's just that 'some' people (you know who u r) get angry when they hear about Celcius.. Soooo, I thought why bother? lol

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Ryan is your avatar a picture of the beamster relaxing after a walk? Too cute.

The Carmen gets super hot on walks, due to her ridiculous amount of thick hair, so I bring water bottles and will dump water on her also when we take breaks. Then when we start walking again the breeze goes by the damp hair and cools her off. She probably doesnt like it that I am pouring water on her, but it does the job.

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Sissy does pretty good in the heat but we carry her water bottle with us - pic below. It flips open and the water comes out on a little base she drinks from.
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Yes, definitely bring water. Don't worry about "giving him too much", he'll know what he needs.

My agility trainer won't even let us go through a half hour lesson without stopping for drinks of water for Tessa. And during an agility lesson there is lots of running around and playing yet no problems with bloat or cramps.
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Brady has definately slowed down with this summer's heat. He just turned 2 and I don't remember him being as effected by the heat last summer. After I take him for a walk, he runs to the stream and lays in it. He loves to lay in the water and cool off. I have been cutting the walks short with the hotter weather. He does love laying outside in the heat though. And he still loves to walk and play, just not for hours on end like before. I also notice a lot more panting than I used to.


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Yeah Ryan even thought Havanese are double coated and it helps protect them from the heat you should take water with you. Keep him hydrated . You do not want him to get home and drink too much after a vigorous walk . Even though they are not prone to bloat any dog can get it from excess drinking or eating before or after exercise. Bloat is the second most common killer of dogs. Know the symptoms and if you suspect it get to a vet immediately. People think that if they cut their double coated dogs short they are helping stay cooler in the summer , but that is their protection from the heat. P.S. I am an older Canadian and I like and know Fahrenheit better.

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I have the same water bottle that Marie has. It is worth every penny. I take water with us on walks. If it is very hot, we go later in the evening when it starts to cool down.


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