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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-23-2009, 09:51 PM
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Jake sounds like a smart dog. Good of you to pay attention to him in the heat. Golden's are not hot weather dogs. It's almost a hundred degrees here in Kansas with high humidity and a heat index over a 104 today. Our Golden's limit their activity outside and know where the coolest parts of the yard are during different times of the day. Don't normally leave them outside all day but currently keeping Mia "in season" away from Tucker who wants her bad and can't have her. Lots of cool water and seek shady areas when outside to play.
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The ideal ambient temperature for a dog is between 55-65 degrees, so yes, they are bothered by the heat more than, for example, a cat whose ideal is between 80-90 or a human whose is between 70-75.
Also, your dog is young. They don't fully develop their body temperature control systems until about 6 months old.
Finally, like people, they need to adjust to it. The first few hot days are really hard on them. As the summer wears on they get a little (not a lot!) more accustomed to the heat and a little more tolerant of it.
Please be very careful and aware of heat stroke, especially when you let your dog play with other dogs. A lot of young dogs don't know enough to stop before they have put themselves in a potentially fatal situation.

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Bailey and Riley don't handle the heat very well. We've had mid to upper 90's the past 1.5 weeks with 80-90% humidity. During the day they pretty much just go out to potty. When they come in they lay on the tile near or on the AC vent. DH reduced their evening walk so they don't overheat. Hoping we will get a reprieve from this nasty heatwave.


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Goldens do not do well in the heat. Once it hits 80 or so, my guys have always stayed inside unless they had to go out to potty, then they were back inside.

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Lucy flat-out refuses to spend the mornings outside while we're at work, and lately it's been so hot an humid that I'm not even suggesting it to her. She does not like the heat unless there's a lake or river to stay in. We don't go out to play even until 7:30 or so and go for our bike ride / walk almost right at 9:00. The sad thing is, she's not wanting to go do these things any earlier either.

So, this morning I started doing things totally out of character for both of us and took her for one of our one mile bike rides when I woke up at six. I wasn't sure she would go along with it because she's not a morning dog and likes to cuddle up with Bart for another hour of sleep after I take her potty and feed her when I get up. We both really enjoyed it though, and even saw three bunnies.
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Lucky can not handle a walk in the heat ...even a small one. When its hot and if he is outside, he will lay in the shade by the house and simply not move. When its close to 100 he stays in.

I had outside dogs that would disappear during the extreme high temps...in a wallow under a shrub or something. In the evening they would be out...
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Heat is an individual thing. We pretty much judge our dogs individually and time their walks accordingly. We bought some of the K&H Cool Beds which go far in lowering their ambient temperature. Remember our dogs temperature is 102, so if you are comfortable at 80 degrees, they still have to deal with some heat issues. Ice cubes go a long way and fresh water being made available all day is also important.
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Macy doesn't do well in the heat, either. As soon as we get back from a walk, she bolts out back and lies down in the cold creek. She was happier than a pig in poop lastnight when we put the AC in the bedroom window. Even went to bed early!

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