It's brutally hot here today (97 degrees and humid, heat index over 105) and these dogs do NOT want to go outside let alone go for walks. Even the young, playful ones are sitting or lying down after just a few minutes out. They want to come back into the A/C (torqued up real high today!) and lie on the cool floor. Luckily, we don't tend to have many consecutive days like this so it's not really necessary to adjust their food.
When it's too hot outside (30°C to 40°C) I'M the one who doesn't want to walk! : Usually in the day if it's too hot I'll go play with Molly in the backyard alot, with the hose so she can run and cool down... Then I'll walk her in the evening when the sun goes down!
Bama doesnt mind hot weather and will play, go for walks and fetching his tennis ball. But I do notice the ball times are shorter with the hot weather and then he gos and lays in the pool on the steps.
Flora doesn't like to walk in the hot weather, but she has no problem with playing outside. She'll run around like a maniac for 5 minutes and then go plunk down in her pool for a rest, and then repeat the whole thing over 4 or 5 more times. I still walk her, but I wait until about 6pm or so when it's cooler, and I walk her in places where she has access to water.
Penny has always had a problem walking in the humidity. Even early morning walks when it's still in the 70s.
She gets what I call 'backwards breathing'. She blows repeatedly through her flews, so of a backwards gasping. It appears to frighten her, too. She will get that "Help me, mom" pleading look on her face.
I really hate to see people walking dogs when it is so hot outside. They do not realize how hot the pavement gets on those poor dogs feet.
I don't even like that my boys have to stay in a kennel while we are at work, even though it is indoor/outdoor and they have big fans inside. David's mom comes over and fills their water and wets down the mats outside during the day, and Trip has a pool he lays in all day (Dooley doesn't like the pool). Still, if I could trust them inside it would be so much better, but my boys inside is like two bulls in a China shop even when we are there to supervise, I could just imagine if we weren't there.
Starting in mid to late May and going through mid to late October we walk around 5 a.m. for the morning walk, and after 7:30 p.m. at night (we want them to cool down before bed). We put their bananas on that have the polymers that we soak in cold water and is supposed to keep them cool(er) on the walks. They are dry by the time we hit the one mile mark.
I feel sorry for all of you in the northern climates having to deal with the high heat/humidity we southerners deal with annually. It's miserable. It's particularly bad here when we are under heat advisory/warnings--where the heat/humidity index is over 105 and the air temperature doesn't cool below 80 overnight. We have a tempature clock on a bank we walk by in the mornings and there is nothing more depressing than seeing the temperature at 81 at 5 a.m. There is a difference between 79 and 80 in comfort level too!
When it's hot I try to take mine for walks early in the morning. After a little bit she is looking for wet grass to wallow in. She will just lay down when she is tired. And I make sure she has some water to drink when we are on a long walk.
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