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Zeeva 06-07-2014 11:47 PM

Panting: being hot vs. being tired
 
This might be a silly question...but is there a difference between a dog panting when he is hot and panting when he is tired?

Zeeva pants like crazy on our walks. Smokey not so much. Zeeva has never had very high endurance whereas Smokey (my husky) has always had the endurance of a bull even in hot weather. Smokey doesn't take nearly as much time to recover from a walk.

Personally, I have a very good tolerance to heat; not cold. So I don't know if I'm pushing Zeeva too hard...? She has, IMO, very low muscle mass and the vet still states she is a bit overweight. I've struggled with her weight since she's become an adult.

The temperature today was 93 degrees with a 25% humidity index. We walk about 45-50 minutes with 15-20 minutes of off-leash time and some sprinting in between.

Discoetheque 06-08-2014 12:10 AM

I've noticed that the pant seems to be a bit harder when Discoe is tired from exercise vs. being hot. The tongue is out further when she's tired, and she may put her shoulders into the pant, as well. She can also be kind of loud. When she's hot, it's a much...easier pant. Tongue may only be partially out, breathing is a lot more even and quiet.
Nearly an hour walk at 93 with sprinting and off-leash exertion is probably more than I would do, especially with a dog low in the endurance. I don't know about others, just me personally.

Zeeva 06-08-2014 12:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Discoetheque (Post 5616050)
I've noticed that the pant seems to be a bit harder when Discoe is tired from exercise vs. being hot. The tongue is out further when she's tired, and she may put her shoulders into the pant, as well. She can also be kind of loud. When she's hot, it's a much...easier pant. Tongue may only be partially out, breathing is a lot more even and quiet.
Nearly an hour walk at 93 with sprinting and off-leash exertion is probably more than I would do, especially with a dog low in the endurance. I don't know about others, just me personally.

This has been our routine for a couple years now. Even in 105 we've always at least walked an hour minus the off-leash and sprinting...

I don't know how else to build her endurance or take the weight off...We may begin swimming this year.

Thank you for the description C: helps a lot actually!

Chip18 06-08-2014 12:14 AM

Struggling with the same issue myself! I know he definitely prefers the cold! I never noticed it during the winter but I was not paying attention. I do notice it now!


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