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We canceled evening training and kept mornings. Luckily, we have some shade around blind six, and we have a nice water hose and baby pool, and club members and a TD that watch the dogs pretty carefully.

I love training, but will not put my dog at risk. So if it is too hot, he stays put, "working dog" or not.
Working K9's may not have that luxury.
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My sister lives about 2 blocks from our training field and I took Karlo over there a few weeks back for a cool off in the hose. But then I think his wet coat added to his discomfort, even with a fan on him. I'm glad(in a way) that I didn't train the past couple weekends due to a mission trip I was on. I really went thru withdrawals however missing it.
Then I read on FB that some crazy pulled a knife on the group while they were tracking. Had to call the authorities to get him contained. A baby Rottie was the only dog out at the time and the guy was on an agenda to kill all the pitbulls in the world

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But then I think his wet coat added to his discomfort, even with a fan on him.
Baby pool works great because only the bottom part gets wet. I, also, think dogs are more uncomfortable when soaked on the back.
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post #14 of 56 (permalink) Old 08-03-2011, 07:27 AM
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Ahhh, what does someone living in South Texas know about heat, ha ha. I have a drug dog class in session. The heat has been brutal. You really have to keep an eye on the dogs while working.

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It is awful here this year. Temperatures over the norm. Just not good.....
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Yeah I am doing a shipping temperature study (measuring temps to which boxes are exposed) for work and my target was Arizona ground shipments but this year, Texas may truly be the worst case. Historically, Arizona is usually hotter than Texas.

This year we had no difficulty when we told the police we really wanted to start an HR search at 6am - by 10 when we were done we were dripping and exhausted. (Battling the kudzu monster as well)

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We must be very careful with our k9s in this horrible heat. Sometimes the answer is just no....
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Rest in Peace K9 Hatos....and it wasn't even noon yet.

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Found a neat indoor outdoor thermometer for the truck.
I tend to go through one a year but with dogs riding in the camper unit I always want to know the temperature back there while I am driving.

This one has a few things going for it
IT is cheap ($15) at Wally World
Accurite "with how to dress" character

The main thing is you can set an ALARM for when the outside temperature exceeds a certain value AND you can toggle that alarm on or off. Particularly good since I want my eyes on the road not a thermometer.

The sending unit also has a loop for a string and seems a lot more rugged than the other units I have had. [my outdoor sending units have alway been the source of failure for me)

The how to dress character is a bit of a hoot and I guess common decency will not allow nakid which is how I feel we all need to be dressed THIS summer. I would just as soon have somthing else but I was going for the alarm.
So We will see. Going to give it the test witout the dog first.

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