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Summer Socialization - 100+ degrees

Okay so here is the tough question.

1. Live in Vegas
2. Pup will be 8 weeks-12 weeks old during August (which means 100+ daytime temperatures outside).


Suggestion of socialization opportunities?

So far I have come up with Bass ProShop, Home Depot, try and find evening pee wee leagues doing thing at park *but will still be 90 degrees)

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I'd say just bring a lot of water with you, and you can socialize him the same as if it were 75 degrees....

it's been in the 90's in chicago (hot for us) and i can tell my dogs are hot. but we still do all the usual stuff (hiking, playing fetch etc.) I bring more water along on hikes, and the fetch game probably ends about 10 minutes sooner than usual. otherwise activities are unaffected by the heat.

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I would do all of the above...just be sure the pavement (getting into the bldg) is not too hot. It stays hot in Vegas well into the night.
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I would do all of the above...just be sure the pavement (getting into the bldg) is not too hot. It stays hot in Vegas well into the night.
Yeah. I think I will carry him from car to building since pavement here hits enough to cook eggs and burn paws.

He will have only had his first shots so I have to avoid the hiking areas and and parks for on the ground running since other dogs are there.

I would like to take him to Town Square (outdoor shopping area) and Lake Las Vegas (same) but I guess those will be evening trips until September.

FYI: He will also be a long coat so he will have twice the fur.

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Some additional possibilities are: Fire station, police station, garden center, golf driving range (some are even indoor), classic/muscle car shows, skateboard park, tennis courts. Some of these are outside, but with some precautions, they should still be workable.

I found a socialization worksheet online & expanded it for my uses. If interested, feel free to let me know.
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It is sooo hot here. Just this evening I asked how do people in the SW do this heat?!

It sounds like you have a good list of places to go. With a good dog, it does not take inordinate socialization.
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Some additional possibilities are: Fire station, police station, garden center, golf driving range (some are even indoor), classic/muscle car shows, skateboard park, tennis courts. Some of these are outside, but with some precautions, they should still be workable.

I found a socialization worksheet online & expanded it for my uses. If interested, feel free to let me know.
I would love the checklist. Let me know how I can get it from you :-)

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It is sooo hot here. Just this evening I asked how do people in the SW do this heat?!

It sounds like you have a good list of places to go. With a good dog, it does not take inordinate socialization.
119 degrees here today. We just endure it. The pup is coming from very sound lineage I just want really make the pup good for everywhere :-)

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I can't tolerate the heat anymore, and by watching my dogs I don't think they are too keen on it. But both the older dogs have long coats. All I have to say is "ya want to go in the Air Condition?" both dogs run to the bedroom door. They also choose not to leave the coolness of under the deck to greet me or my husband when we come home from work when its really hot. Sometimes the pup will be at the gate all by herself to greet me, maybe she has a little better tolerance then the rest of my pack. So I've been a slacker for the last 2-1/2 weeks. Shame on me.

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I can't tolerate the heat anymore, and by watching my dogs I don't think they are too keen on it. But both the older dogs have long coats. All I have to say is "ya want to go in the Air Condition?" both dogs run to the bedroom door. They also choose not to leave the coolness of under the deck to greet me or my husband when we come home from work when its really hot. Sometimes the pup will be at the gate all by herself to greet me, maybe she has a little better tolerance then the rest of my pack. So I've been a slacker for the last 2-1/2 weeks. Shame on me.
Saw your album...really pretty long coats! Our new boy will be a long coat like my last GSD (her album is in my public profile is you want to see them:-)

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