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Keeping Cool #351069
07/28/19 08:17 PM
07/28/19 08:17 PM
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It's hot. Other than a nice air conditioned indoors, how are you keeping your dogs cool?

I wanted to share a recent discovery I found for Jazz when hiking. I looked at a lot of the cooling vests that the other dogs wear on our hikes, but they seemed a bit heavy when wet, and she can't carry that extra weight. I found this on cleanrun.com, and I'm super happy with how it has been working. It reflects the heat from above and a bit from below, even when it dries out. She's not super happy when I dump some water on her to re-wet it, but if we are on a hike and I ask her if she wants it on, she comes right over and asks for it, so I am going to call that a win. Because she is a thin, long dog (the dachshund in her), I did have to sew the belly band tighter. It's the K9 Kooling Coat on this page:
https://www.horseworks.com/collections/kooling-coats-more

I did try this one too because I got it on clearance for $8. It also works, but I don't think as well. So sometimes I will use this around town, etc. I didn't realize she was as sensitive to heat as she seems to be, but I guess she is.
https://www.coolaid.com/collections/closeout-items-sale/products/canine-cooling-vests

Here is Jazz modeling the Kool Coat on our hike yesterday (really an excuse to show a few pics). It was hot - unfortunately I forgot to put her Musher's Wax on until very late in the hike, so her paws got a little tore up frown

One day I'm going to put together a photo series titled "Little Dog, Big World"

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And one of nekkid' Jazz, thinking about whether she should go off-trail and chase a ground critter early in the hike:
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Someone in our hiking group has two GSDs, and they had some heat issues on one of the hikes, ended up getting fluids at the ER later. I know that Max had a tough time when temps went over 80 degrees.


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Re: Keeping Cool [Re: MaxaLisa] #351072
07/29/19 12:34 AM
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We've been so busy at our new house that we're not getting out for long hikes right now. A walk down to the river and the perimeter of the property is what we do, either early in the morning or when the sun is going down and the temperature is dropping. Caleb likes to hide out under the shade trees or in the garage. Both of them very much like to be in the workshop with me, which has air conditioning and means I always have a "wood dog" with me.

P.S. Great pictures both Jazz and the views.

Last edited by Woodreb; 07/29/19 12:36 AM. Reason: Added another comment

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Re: Keeping Cool [Re: MaxaLisa] #351082
07/29/19 02:52 PM
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The scenery for your hike looks amazing! Happy to hear the new cooling vest works well for Jazz. While I was dog sitting for my daughter the East coast had a heat wave and although I wanted to take her dog for long walks to the park I held off until the humidity lessened. However, I would run cool water on a bandana which I placed around his neck as well as walk in the shade whenever possible. I will definitely send along your recommendation to my daughter and son-in-law since they will be taking a short vacation with their dog near the Green Mountains.

I love your idea about the possibility of a photo series, "Little Dog, Big World." paw


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Re: Keeping Cool [Re: MaxaLisa] #351084
07/29/19 03:27 PM
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Beautiful pictures!

Mayhem does not handle heat well I walk her before 8 AM. If it is over 75 and sunny I don't walk her. I also always carry a canteen of water for her. The cool coat looks neat, I may consider one.


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Re: Keeping Cool [Re: MaxaLisa] #351086
07/29/19 03:42 PM
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It's great to see Jazz and the beautiful places you go: more, please smile.

Nova seems to do OK but we never walk in the heat of the day. David sometimes jogs and carries water for her. Her last walk in the day around 11:00 PM often includes a stop at an Irish bar where she gets ice water (she's popular).

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Re: Keeping Cool [Re: MaxaLisa] #351139
08/08/19 11:27 PM
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Thanks for the pic comments, we get spoiled with the grand summer hikes smile

I wonder how effective the cooling vests are in humidity? Luckily we don't have the extremes that some of the other places do, but the reflection should work.

Sounds like you all have a good system worked out.


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Re: Keeping Cool [Re: MaxaLisa] #351142
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In arid climates I used a cool matt in the car. This is one that you soak the night before & the beads swell up and retain moisture... so not exactly the thing for humid climates I suppose. I'm thinking I can likely use them in central Oregon 'though. They also make cooling scarves that work tied around a dog's neck. People I know swear by aluminet for over crates/vehicles etc. I wonder if a vest made of that would work?

That's all I got For around home we use a low-sided plastic water trough and a hose.... Not to convinent on a hike 'though.

Re: Keeping Cool [Re: MaxaLisa] #351147
08/10/19 01:13 PM
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I have seen one jacket made of shiny aluminum type stuff. I wondered a bit how it would reflect either light of heat for those standing around the dog with that on. I guess it's wrinkly enough it would reflect light too much.

I've seen those cooling pads. I had one for Indy and she would never use it - I'm sure max would have.

Lol, yep, not sure they have hoses long enough wink


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