How Do You Exercise Your Dog In The Summer Heat

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  1. Jim Burwell
    Jim Burwell says:

    You might ask your vet. I know with our little Terrier Sophie who is plus/or minus 12 years old and weighs 17#, when the weather is nice and not so darn hot and humid, my wife Leila
    walks her 2 miles a day and Sophie LOVES it! In face she’ll wake Leila up in the early morning to go “walkies”. It’s the highlight of Sophie’s day. Our other terrier, Cooper, who only
    has 3 legs and weighs about the same also loves is walks, but he can’t go as far in a single walk simply because of the ‘bouncing” with the 3 legs. Walking is so very very important
    to our dogs and unfortunately a lot of owners don’t take their dogs for walks. Shame, because it is so good for them physically and mentally.

  2. Pamela
    Pamela says:

    Jim, you’re right about the Kool Collar looking like a neck brace! Luckily, Teddy’s has his “summer cut” and he gets soaked by the melting ice. I can imagine with thicker furred guys, it wouldn’t get to the skin. Also, I got the smallest size and it’s still loose like a necklace, for he’s only 7 lb.

    I’ve always wondered how far and long I should walk him. My previous companion was a Rottweiler and our a walks were often pretty long. Teddy is tiny by comparison, but he enjoys long brisk walks (with some sniff and mark – stops). He stays on the slim side, and as he exercises more, I have started to increase his food by 1/2 oz. (raw diet). Do you have any feedback as for how much exercise is appropriate for this very healthy 6 y/o Yorkie?


  3. Jim Burwell
    Jim Burwell says:

    Hi Pamela. You’re right the smaller dogs don’t need to go as far. Interesting about the “Kool Collars”. We bought 2 of those, one for our lab Sammy and one for our little 17# terrier Cooper.
    I honestly was not impressed. All that seemed to happen was the ice melted on the hair on the neck but did not penetrate their hair so the cold water never got to their skin to then lower
    their body temp. Plus with the Kool Collar on and a regular collar our little terrier looked like I had him in a neck brace ! 🙂

    Glad you had better luck with those than we did. I was really looking forward to those working for us.

  4. Pamela
    Pamela says:

    Mine’s a little guy, so he doesn’t require the longer walks my larger breed companion needed when she was alive. In the warm months, we walk early in the morning before the heat of the day, and only late in the evening. Recently, I purchased a “Kool Collar” that I fill with ice cubes and the ice melts and drips onto his neck and chest. This has made a difference, and seems to allow us to stay out a little longer than we normally would. To give my Yorkie an extra workout, I give him a raw bone (beef or buffalo, packaged just for dogs … and I dig out the marrow first, as the fat is too rich for his system.) The work he does cleaning the bone leaves him relaxed and happy.

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