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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-18-2008, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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Question Re: Heat and high humidity

We went out for a short walk this afternoon. We have been indoors since the early morning walk and didn't realize it was very hot and humid. Benji and Lizzie were excited at the prospect of going out. But within a few minutes, they started to pant. I met a neighbor, while we were chatting Benji started to whine persistently. He has never done that before. I took them home immeditately thinking they needed water and they were panting for a long time. We were out for just about 10 minutes, not in the direct sun.

In CA, when it used to be hot they would be less active too. Since we have never lived in the hot and humid climate, I just want to know if this was a normal response to the climate. They are doing fine inside the house (the airconditioner is on). But they are quiet, and sleeping a lot.

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Poornima, they are probably just getting used to the heat. Kubrick pants if we go out when it's hot so I always carry water with me and offer it regularly. He has never whined, though. Maybe it was just because Benji was uncomfortable and hadn't experienced it before? Also, Kubrick drinks a LOT of water when we're out and it's hot, so don't be alarmed when they chug down twice as much water as they usually do, or if they drink it more often. Also with heat they do sleep more often and in general are just lazy, that's just normal.

It makes me wonder about how Havs were lap dogs in Cuba... maybe they were all just really lazy because of the heat, LOL.

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Oh, those poor babies. It has been horrible here and I want to whine right along with them. I find that mine will sleep more and eat less if it is very hot. I think they are smarter than humans in that respect.

Lina, it's so funny that you made that remark about Cuba. My Mom keeps telling me I'm mean for not cutting their hair and I tell her they come from Cuba - they like the heat.

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I'm in So Ca and the heat and humidity are mild here compared to what you have but we took the furkids for a little walk after dinner and they were soon panting and dragging. They aren't very hungry either. I just can't imagine how they live in Havana!!
I'm sure you are right, it's just the weather.

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Carolina, I believe the humidity is bothering them. They may be from Cuba but our furkids are completely spoiled by SF Bay Area weather. Tomorrow it's going to rain again and Benji would hate to venture out.

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You might try for a short early morning walk to see how they do. He may have been bored by the stop and visit also. Take a water bottle and a small drink dish and when you stop fill the dish for them. No one likes the humidity and did you check to see how hot the sidewalk was for their feet, that may have also bothered them. When they are in the house at least the floor is cool. It will take them a while to adjust to the climate change and the panting is the only way they have of cooling themselves except for the belly on the cool floor. You need to remember that if you go home every time they whine you will be trained very quickly and smart Benji will know how to get back home quickly. As long as he does not seem in distress you should not cut your walk short unless you want to. I am glad they are doing okay with the move and starting to adjust.


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Maybe the royal dogs in Cuba never went outside. They just sat on thrones with their regal masters and ate ice cubes. Someone told me that the coat keeps them cool...I don't think so...unless they are completely white.

Daisy gets hot fast because she is mostly black. Riki does get hot but that never stops him from running...he has more energy than five Daisy's. His nick name as a puppy was Mexican Jumping Bean.

One time in agility class on a particularly hot day, he ran in the tunnel and refused to come out the other side. It was close to 100...and even he had had enough.

On hot days I notice that he and Daisy try to walk in the shade at all times.

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Thanks everyone for the input.

Elaine, we are in the area that is thickly wooded. We get only dappled sunlight and we don't walk on the asphalt. There are no sidewalks but people's lawns stretch upto the road so we actually walk on the lawn mostly. I don't like to walk them too much near the brush either for the fear of insects. After every walk I go over them to make sure there are no bugs on them. Since I had never seen Benji whine on the walk and uncomfortably panting, I got worried. I know what you mean by Mr. Benji training me. I will be careful .

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How long is he panting for after you get home from the walk? My Beamer has also started panting ALOT once we get back from our walks on vert hot/humid days. (but seems totally fine while on the actual walk..)


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Henry and I took a walk around noon today. Usually when it is this hot we stay in or go out but quickly.

I took him for a walk to the park: 10 minutes and brought his little dish and a bottle of water (and a blanket for me to sit on). He seemed pretty happy in the shade with me, but he did drink up lots of water.

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