Going flat because of the heat.. Cooling vests?
So this past weekend at SAR training, it was extrememly humid and hot, as it is in Florida.. but Titan pretty much went flat. Didn't have a huge interest in searching like he normally does and was really only interested in the puddles on the ground. He was well hydrated and just pulled out of my SUV so he should have been good to go. He did the search, but took a lot longer with many more distractions. The second search was even worse, though I accredit some of that to Handler error, lol. But he was just very very uninterested from the start. I have noticed him doing this when he gets very very hot. If we are doing a woods search, he will always run immediately to the creek every chance he get, again, only in the heat.
I was reading some of the "working dogs in the heat" thread, but didn't come across a whole lot of suggetions on what kinds of vests there are to cool them down. Mostly I read what to look for if they are overheating and coolign them down after the fact.. maybe I missed something. I was curious if any of you do anything to keep them cool during a search? A friend of mine uses this cooling colar, inserts cold packs and it cools them down while they are searching. He likes it, and Roxy seems to do well with it. I have also seen a couple vests at the store that have cold pack inserts on the chest, intended for the same thing. I stop him every so often to get water and sit for a minute but it never seems to be enough. He is also not entirely used to this weather either which may be a factor. It's his first stateside summer, his whole life was spent in Germany and German summers are quite cooler. Any suggestions on keeping my boy cool in the heat during the search?
Commander Charly Titan (GSD)-15 Jan 2010