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I live on the NC Coast, there's a small beach at the end of my street for Residents only.
I have always taken my guys swimming several times throughout the week during the summer.
It is very humid here, we have triple digit temps during July and August. I am on my 3rd Golden, my first boy is the only one that ever had a hot spot......
What food are you feeding? The reason I am asking, depending on what you're feeding, it could be contributing to the hot spots. 8 years ago I started feeding Purina Pro Plan for Sensitive skin and stomach. It has a lot of Omega 3s in it. My current boy had stomach issues and feeding the PPP SSS was the reason I tried it, but it works great on their skin and coat.
It is not recommended to shave Goldens, the hair keeps them cooler and it also protects their skin from the sun. A puppy cut might work which would be easier to manage if you're at the beach a lot.
I have never shaved any of my goldens down, they swim in the InterCoastal waterway which is salt water. When I get back to the house, I hose the sand and salt off of them. I don't bathe them weekly during the summer since they have always been at the beach and swimming a lot during the summer. I don't use a dryer on them after I hose them off. I stay outside with them for quite a while until they are dry enough to come inside.