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Summer Training: Avoid Heat Stroke

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Keep-Cool Tips for Dogs

  • Avoid intense activity between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

  • Darker-colored dogs have a tendency to get hotter quicker and take longer to cool down than lighter-colored dogs.

  • Allow access to shade throughout the entire day. A particular area may be shady in the morning hours and sunny in the afternoon.

  • Dog houses are insulators for heat. In most cases the temperature inside the dog house is higher than outside.

  • Cool, fresh water should always be accessible to your dog. Ice water is not recommended because the cold causes constriction of small blood vessels.

  • If dogs are left inside during the day, make sure air conditioning is always available to them. If your home has a basement, allow your dogs access to this area.

  • Keep an extra thermometer handy during training. The normal range for a dog is between 99 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. The only accurate way to take a dog's temperature is through the rectum.
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