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    I had a shell pool last summer, but George was too big for it back then (when he was about 10 months!) So might have to invest in something larger. Also, I'm going to see if I can get a little air conditioning unit for my kitchen. I freeze big blocks of ice with treats in them, which he seems to like too. Never considered freezing food, that's a good idea. We're lucky to be within walking distance to the beach so I think there will be lots of swims!

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    These guys might be able to help you

    btw mordialloc is a lot more pleasant for a swim than Brighton

    Pools,Swimming Pool Packages,Foam & Rubber,Clark Rubber

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    yeah im looking for a shell pool for my gyp head, coz she really feels the heat.... she worries me sometimes even in winter after a 10 min ball chasing sesh she'll be panting furiously for the next 3 hours!!!

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    Seeing as Floyd is a "breed" that can become heat stroke very easily i keep inside with air-con on,(& get no complaints from him about being inside, he luv's it) & i put ice in he's water. I do let him swim in the pool early in the morns or l8r in the arvo when it cools down. Walks are in early morns or after sunset.

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    Look up Cool Champions...it is a colling vest for dogs

    Cooling Vests for Dogs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Floyd View Post
    Seeing as Floyd is a "breed" that can become heat stroke very easily i keep inside with air-con on,(& get no complaints from him about being inside, he luv's it) & i put ice in he's water. I do let him swim in the pool early in the morns or l8r in the arvo when it cools down. Walks are in early morns or after sunset.
    Look up Cooling Vests for Dogs ...perfect for SBT's and a lot of show people use these

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    Look up Cooling Vests for Dogs ...perfect for SBT's and a lot of show people use these

    Thank you for the link Cleasanta..

    Both Floyd & my deceased SBT have never suffered heat stroke in the past,thank goodness
    I'm very cautious when it comes to summer & exercising/walking etc Floyd, he does get regular outdoor activities during the cooler times of the day, he doesn't sleep outdoors, he is an inside dog (whom has he's own bedroom ),

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    A sandpit as well (or even sand in one side of a shell pool and water in the other). Our previous dog digged furiously in our sandpit and slept for hours on end in the big hole she made. It was quite cool compared to everywhere else (it was also in the shade).

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    Hey Newf ... I'll just prattle off a few things that I do (I hope I don't cover the things other people suggest, but no doubt I will). Also these are just things I do, I know not all of it may be practical, anyways, take it for what it's worth. I live up in Nth QLD so heat is always a bit of an issue ...

    * I have a back verandah that I purposefully put insulation in for Loles n Zep n Visitors .. even when it's 38 degrees and a million percent humidity it is really nice under it. Well yeah it's not cold, but the sun heat is taken care of;

    * I have a clam pool for them which I keep cool by freezing BIG blocks of water with treats inside them. I know that they will get in the pool and cool off because they wanna get the treats;

    * I always keep their drinking water out of the sun .. I know this sounds stupid, but sometimes verandahs have 'hot spots' that you mightn't see in the morning or arvo .. I have some friends i know who used to leave their dog's water in a spot that is shaded in the morning when they leave work and didn't realise just how hot the water became in the heat of the day. I also sometimes add frozen water blocks to the drinking water before I leave for work;

    * I sometimes get towels and pour cold water over them in the morning .. if you keep them in the shade the towel still keeps nice and cool even during the day. I have seen my 2 lay on them but only when the towels 'warm up' a lil bit;

    I guess all those comments are designed for when I'm not at home .. when at home though things get a bit ridiculous:

    * My 2 get air con comfort inside the house;

    * A swim at the beach with me .. creek, lake .. anything that I know is safe for them;

    * I still have the teething toys that I used for Lola when she was a puppy so I still freeze these and Lola and Zep chew on these when it gets hot.

    * I do frozen fruit blocks for them as a treat .. water with fruit, stock, or even veggies .. these kinda things lower their core temperature;

    * And I took a learning from First Aid (which I applied to dogs) .. cooling the specific points of around the neck and around the wrists (above the paws) helps again to low the core temperature of a person .. so I am figuring a pooch too? So if the pooches look very hot I do this with an icey towel .. just wrap it around them for a short time. Please let me know if this is this doesn't apply to pooches, but it seems to work?

    I've kinda written this in the 'me' text as in what 'I' do, but it's just easier to write that way .. I hope though that you get at least maybe one tip to help you through the warmer days. I have been living in QLD all my life and through very hot summers with my pooches and without a drama ever .. sometimes a bit of creativity and common sense in coming up with new cooling ideas is just the ticket.

    Best wishes always, keep cooooooooooooooool,

    SH

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