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Lady exhausted from the hot sunshine

Discussion in 'Dog Pictures and Videos' started by JRT_ftw, May 5, 2018.

  1. JRT_ftw

    JRT_ftw Member Registered

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    It's been a while since I last posted on here.
    I finally patched things with my mother and got to see Lady the JRT whilst visiting my parents.
    My mother and I took Lady for a nice long walk in the beautiful sunshine but it was a very hot day so passed on on the couch.

    Here's some of the pictures.
    I felt sorry for her but at the same time thought she looked very beautiful, cute, elegant and peaceful so I decided to take some photos of her.

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    Aww, she's cute. Do be careful in the sun though. Dogs can get overheated much more easily than humans and it can be quite dangerous. When it's hot we try to stick to the shade and walk where there's water for Jasper to cool off in if he needs to.
     
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    I was surprised how the heat affected my girls today as it was only 22 degrees but they were both really panting by the time we got back, only went out for about 40 minutes but that was quite enough for them.
    She’s a sweet little girl :rolleyes:
     
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    Don't worry, my mum and I let her walk in the shade but unfortunately it wasn't breezy enough for Lady. We do our best to look out for her health.
     
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    Like @JudyN said, animals get overheated very easily because of their furr. Lady has been for a shave at the dog grooming parlour to help her cool down but she still pants.
     
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    We live in Saudi and this is a constant battle for us!! The weather turned on Thursday evening and we will now be in temps anywhere from 34 - 40+ until September/October - with high humidity too. This is MAggie's first Summer too. Obviously we walk Maggie early in the morning now and stick to the shaded areas too. She goes for a longer walk in the evening when the sun has gone down but it is still very hot. It was 34c at 8am this morning!:eek: We are not walking her at lunch time anymore and trying to play more inside but does anyone have any suggestions of things to do inside the house to tire her out a little more! We are now finding she is much more hyper during the afternoon as a result of not going for a walk. This extra energy is then redirected onto my kids or she gets in to mischief! Any ideas?
     
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    what a cute dog :)
     
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    I give my girls a good walk very early in the morning when it’s cool and just a little poodle about in the afternoon if it’s too warm , there have been times when the pavement has been so hot ( yes...in the UK :D) and I haven’t taken them out til late evening, If I couldn’t stand the heat on my feet it’s not fair to expect a dogs paws to walk on it :)
     
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    Like @JoanneF said, a cooling coat would probably help. Basically it's similar to a harness but it's made out of rubber and sponge and it absorbs the dog's sweat and makes the coat cold and cools the dog down.

    If you want to exercise the dog indoors and tire it out, my suggestion would be playing fetch in the house if you have a big house. If your house is small then maybe try the "tug and pull" game where you let your grab a piece of strong thick rope and you try to pull it back, it's been a fun traditional game for dogs and humans for centuries. Another good game is play fighting, it's when a human affectionately playfully taps and ruffles the dog and gently pretend to fight, like how two little boys would wrestle each other as kids. I use to rough house or play fight with my kitties as a child growing up, they loved it and it would tire them out easily and also because it's only play fighting and not real, no-one gets hurt but it stimulates the endorphins (happy hormones) because both dogs and cats like to hunt and play fighting is similar.

    The other thing you could try is maybe teaching it tricks.

    You can always put up a long tent in your back yard and walk the dog around in under the tent so you both stay cool and in the shade.

    I hope these are some good suggestions for you.

    My mum usually play fights with Lady, again, no violence just gentle teasing, she likes it and gets very excited and becomes easily happy and tired.
    She doesn't play fetch though because she's a rescue dog and her previous owners never took her out anywhere so she doesn't have any hunting skills.
    My stepfather wanted Lady to hunt down all the rats that kept destroying his garden, Lady only barked once at a rat but never did she catch one.
     
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    Just a minor point, but dogs don't sweat through their bodies like us - they sweat through their paws, so that's not quite how the coat works. But they are still very effective. The coat itself is wet. It takes energy for water to evaporate and this energy is pulled from the air surrounding the water, which results in a small temperature drop. When you evaporate enough water, the temperature drop cools the dog.
     
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    My apologies, Lady doesn't wear one, someone else told me that how it works.
    Lady never likes wearing anything except her harness but she even tries to escape from her harness sometimes.
    My mum and I last year was walking into the city centre and saw two staffys wearing the cooling coats and the owner told us how they work, also I'm Autistic so sometimes when people say something convincingly I automatically believe it.
    I had no idea that dogs sweat just through their paws, I only started getting used to dogs around Christmas 2016.
    Before I met my mother's Jack Russell Terrier, I was obsessed with cats and kittens because I grew up in a house with lots of cats and the people in my street had owned cats, I was never around dogs much and actually used to be scared of them, it took me half my life to get over my phobia of dogs and now I've gotten used to Lady I love dogs and I'm planning on adopting a rescue dog.
    So because of me spending most of my life around just cats, I only know much about cat body parts and how they work.
     
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    Absolutely nothing to apologise for @JRT_ftw :)
     
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    In Spain I bought Olive a cooling coat, at first it starts off quite stiff then you submerge it in cold water. You then ring it out like you would a cloth then put it on the dog as a coat. Also you can buy special shoes for canines that protect their paw pads from being burnt, as the floor is really hot and even sometimes i cant bare the floor on my feet so why should a dog. We bought both products from amazon but cannot find the exact one.
     
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    If only Lady wasn't so fussy about stuff being put on her body my mother and step-father would probably buy a cooling jacket and paw protectors for Lady but she's so fussy. She'll have a harnest on for walking but nothing else.
     
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