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    Default How Do Your Dogs Handle the Heat?

    Hi Guys,

    I live in Melbourne and have only been here a bit over 18 months (I'm originally from Tassie). This will be our first summer with the pups and I'm just wondering how those of you who also live in hot climates deal with the summer heat for your dogs? We've got aircon and they always have 2 water bowls no matter what time of year it is, but I'm just wondering if anyone has any special "tips or tricks"? I must admit... I've bought them a little wading pool for Christmas

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    Ice blocks - beef and chicken flavoured are popular
    Cool mats and collars


    Doof just chillaxes when it's too hot

    Lots of shade, lots of water and indoors when outside gets too hot

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    I got Jenna a clam shell to fill with water for her to keep cool this summer. Silly dog won't use it for love nor money. I pick her up and put her in it and she just stands there looking at me

    I've tried putting things in there, even some kibble but just stretches over from the side to reach the food.

    I also have AC thankfully, so at the moment she spends most of the day indoors. I do keep meaning to give these a try though, but not sure how well they would work on a long haired dog.

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    The wading pool is good, I have a clam shell one. There was a thread here recently too on this and an idea I got from that was freezing 2 litre bottles of water for them to play with (have done it) and another was freeze some chicken or other stock etc in margarine containers as an ice block. I, (when the pups were in the pen) wet the dirt and they dug in and kept cool.

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    Luckily we have tiled floors, which our little malt x shih seems to love. I like the idea of putting stuff in the freezer for them since they won't be able to use their little pool for another week because they still have their stitches in from their ops last week. I can't wait for them to try it though, neither of them have ever been swimming! I think Charlie will like it for sure though - silly boy loves getting in the shower with me - he gets upset if he's not allowed in (makes bath time a breeze!)

    Does anyone have a Pug? I'm under the impression they don't handle the heat very well, is that true?

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    We have a clam shell pool and I go out during the day and put some ice blocks in it which Troopa loves fishing out.
    We had 42 degrees here yesterday and he spent most of the day sleeping with the occassional dip in the pool.
    We have an evaporative air con so we have only the flywire door closed when it's on. Troopa lays next to the door so he gets the cool air too.

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    My girl just doesn't cope in the heat, completely flakes out and does very little - guess she takes after me? We have evap air con so if I'm home she's inside, but if outside she does have lots of shade, a raised bed, a clam shell filled with water (that she will only drink from, sand is a whole diff story!) and lots of water bowls around the house.

    She loves frozen stock blocks, kongs, carcass etc but on really hot days we don't even go for a walk because she just seems to look so hot and bothered by the time we reach the end of the driveway!

    Somehow she always finds the energy to attack the hose if I turn it on so that's always a good cool down.

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    Clam shell pool, wet towels and frozen dinners, And Leos fav, lay on the cool bathroom floor tiles and try not to move

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    I use the clam shells too. For their water "tub" (yes, its big enough for all 3 of them to lay in! lol) I wash out and fill 2 and 3 litre milk/drink containers with water and freeze. When I know its going to be really hot I chuck them in there so I know for sure their water will stay cool!

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    I did the frozen bottles in the pup's pool yesterday when is was nearly 40c. Three of them just wade in one side and out the other, Jodi, 4th pup and the one I am keeping went nuts with joy playing in there. Pretty just drinks from it. The only problem I have is that bees are attracted to it and Jodi likes to try and catch them, sighhhhhh.
    Last edited by Di_dee1; 12-24-2009 at 09:56 AM.

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