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Hello guys,

Dubai brings 8 months of nice weather and 4 months indicated in the subject of this thread.

There are lots of dogs here and people manage. Summer officially starts May-June and ends September.

I have 2 things that worry me:

1. Hot ground burning paws when out to peepee/poopoo:

Solutions for problem 1:

A lot of people do this here: go out only morning and after the sun has set for a while. I dont like this solution. Are there other ideas other than wearing boots as I will not be there during the day and I am not sure how the dog walker will deal? I bought the Musher cream. Is there another product that can be easily wrapped around the paws and more easier to put / take off than boots.

Any ideas for this appreciated :)

2. Exercise:

Solutions for problem 2:

I bought Glacier Tek vest. I read the SAR forum and how they acclimate dogs to heat. I am using some the techniques and it seems Rex is getting more adjusted to the already higher temperatures. But still I want to be very conservative with high heat / humidity. SO how can you exercise your dog indoors. The space indoors is essentially the first floor of the townhouse. It is about 800 Sqft.

I have it covered with matts so he can run around inside. I got a flirt pool that I am using indoor to get used to it for him. I also am thinking of getting a treadmill?? Is that a stupid idea? :)

Finally, I do have a small garden. Let s say it was 100 degrees and 90% humidity but 4 pm so sun not at its speak. Can I get a Intek small pool, run around and make him jump in pool to cool down? Does this work?

Ideas please here.....

I know a lot of you guys experience periods of high heat and humidity.

Any pointers would be great.

Many thanks

Mozi
 

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Be careful of the pools. In that kind of heat, even the water is warm, especially shallow pools like the ones you're talking about. It's almost like taking a bath. I've lived in Phoenix almost 20 years ago where from time to time the temperatures reached that high too (but a dry heat). And I thought jumping into pools could cool me down. I think your bathtub or shower would be a better bet to cool down the dog.

1st suggestion is to ask those people with dogs. They're the ones with the experience of dealing with that heat.

2nd is to sacrifice some sleep and wake up an hour earlier than you'd normally do and take your dog for a long walk or run. If you can find a fenced in yard or park or something, you can play fetch with your dog. Running back and forth like that is a good way to drain some of that energy. I know in the mornings it could be in the 90s already too...so you have to be careful not to overdo it.

3rd, I think you should get your dog used to dog shoes. There's no way around it. I've even seen some police dogs wear dog shoes in 90 degree temps to protect them from the hot surfaces. At 115 degrees...that's another kind of hot.
 

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You have to view summer in those temps the way people in the far north view winter extreme temperatures: a season for staying indoors and doing other stuff. An indoor treadmill would be a very good idea.



I say this as someone living in Louisiana where we have very hot summers with very high humidity. The other three seasons are for doing stuff outdoors with dogs. Summer is for travel to somewhere cooler -- you can't even comfortably walk before dawn due to the humidity holding the heat (it never *really* cools off). Dawn/late night walks are just slightly less oppressive.


I think you should invest in boots for the dog if you're going to insist on walking over hot pavement -- you have to get used to doing a "pavement check" with your own skin before letting the dog walk if it's not wearing boots.



If you're determined to push the dog through the heat, you must become familiar with heat stroke symptoms in dogs and always know the fastest route to a 24 hour emergency vet. You really can kill a dog by exercising it in these sorts of weather conditions. The humidity prevents them from cooling off efficiently by panting. If you're living in a part of the world where you don't have ready access to excellent vet care, I would think carefully about how much risk you're willing to take on.
 

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Yes, bite the bullet and get some dog booties. If fitted properly the ones that velcro on work well. You can't walk

a dog in the city in those temps without protection.

And keep in mind, even police dogs get heat strokes when on duty due to heat.

Also consider carrying a bottle and cup for water, ALWAYS. My dog can't go long in extreme heat without NEEDING

water.
 

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We deal with heat and humidity in the summers here, and our schedule shifts to be a long walk from 7-8 am and a long walk from 7-8 pm.
In the afternoon, we go out for a short 15-minute outing or we just train and play in the backyard a bit.

If we do walk on a hot sunny afternoon, we walk in the shade under trees, or we walk on the grass. If we have to cross a street in full sun, we run! (I noticed that my dog was trotting quickly from shady patch to shady patch...ouch, hot paws!) There are some July/August summer afternoons where he has actually poked his head out the front door, felt the heat, and refused to step outside: "Thanks but no thanks, I don't want to walk now!"

So there is a definite adjustment. I would really think about adjusting the activity schedule to be dawn and dusk...much more pleasant for the humans, too.

PS And I love my $7 collapsible water bowl! Just pop it open and pour some water in, easy to bring on a walk.
 

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As far as temperatures in general go, your dogs will adapt fairly well in a few weeks. My dogs are currently living in a van with me, we have insulation, and plenty of airflow but in the day it gets to around 85 degrees where we currently are. They're doing okay, minimal panting, plenty of fresh water at their disposal. Water is key. As for the pavement, I suggest buying dog shoes on Amazon. 115 is a lot for them to adjust to, but provided shoes, shelter/shade and plenty of water, and limiting their time outside, they should be okay!
 

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We are about to enter our second summer in Florida - last year with two older dogs it wasn't a problem because they wanted nothing to do with the heat and were happy enough indoors - but this summer we will have a puppy! So planning on early morning, later at night walks!!! Plus I think the dog boots are a great idea for a quick jaunt out into the heat - I still have my old doggie backpack where I keep the water, the collapsible bowls, water mister etc....
 

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Arkansas - summer - walk late at night - 11 PM or later - still muggy but pavement not a problem.

Wyoming - winter - walk 2 am (which was when the wind quit blowing) temps 0 or less.

Idaho - summer - traveling through - dog area at rest stop was sand. Found my dogs would sit down voluntarily because their butts were well insulated and their paws were not. Quit that and loaded up.


I'm not sure that I'd find a flirt pole indoors workable. My vision of that is rowdy dog, stuff toppled over, etc. Rolling a ball down the hall - that I'd do.
 

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My poor black GSD pup has been struggling even in the 80s. Here in Phoenix, it will probably average 100 for the next 5-6 months, so it's going to be a tough adjustment for all of us.
 

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I'm in Queensland, Australia, and we're finally getting to the end of a long, hot humid summer. I walk my dog at or close to dawn, mosquitoes and flies seem 'better' then and we can sometimes catch a morning sea breeze. Probably not an option for you in Dubai, but walking through dew saturated grass is cooling for my dog's paws. I also walk him on a long line. If he needs to lie down to stop overheating, he can. On a hot humid morning when the overnight temperature doesn't get below 82F, he can need to stop sometimes up to 5 times in what in cooler weather a 60 minute walk. I wear a small backpack and carry water for him.

I'm guessing your home is air conditioned. While this makes it more comfortable for you and your dog, it probably means he doesn't acclimate to the heat. With you extreme weather, it may be safer walking him morning and night for shorter periods of time, rather than a longer daily walk.

For indoor use, I made a shorter flirt pole using a length of pvc pipe with a cord strung through it. It was a lot easier to use indoors than a regular size flirt pole. Teaching your dog to find stuff you hide is a good indoor activity.

In peak summer when I turn on the cold water tap, the water can be hot straight from the tap. We play with the hose a lot, a play pool didn't work for my dog. Be careful the water from the hose isn't hot before playing with your dog with the hose.
 

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P.S. I also take my dog out in the car during extreme weather conditions. The outing seems to satisfy him and keep him happy. I have the air conditioning on and for short periods I have the 4 windows down a little bit so he gets some scent, and he enjoys watching the scenery when he wants to.
 

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I’m originally from south Florida, so I think I can weigh in a little!

Is there no avoiding walking on pavement? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve burnt my own feet running across beach parking lots, thinking I could make it across with minimal damage. It’s intense at times! Get him used to some boots, once he’s accustomed to them it’ll be a breeze to take them on and off.

Does your yard have any shade? What do the night time temps normally stay around? I always had a kiddie pool that was in constant shade and the dogs thoroughly enjoyed it and sought it out immediately on the hottest days. During this time of year we basically went outside for potty breaks only, except as mentioned very early in the morning or at night. The pool always stayed considerably cool compared to the outside heat, being in shade and surrounded mostly by trees.

A treadmill is a good idea, and if you stage “treasure hunts” around the house hiding key pieces of valued treats, it’s fun for them (and you) while also expending some mental energy. Toys that make them think are good too.
 

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I’m originally from south Florida, so I think I can weigh in a little!

Is there no avoiding walking on pavement? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve burnt my own feet running across beach parking lots, thinking I could make it across with minimal damage. It’s intense at times! Get him used to some boots, once he’s accustomed to them it’ll be a breeze to take them on and off.

Does your yard have any shade? What do the night time temps normally stay around? I always had a kiddie pool that was in constant shade and the dogs thoroughly enjoyed it and sought it out immediately on the hottest days. During this time of year we basically went outside for potty breaks only, except as mentioned very early in the morning or at night. The pool always stayed considerably cool compared to the outside heat, being in shade and surrounded mostly by trees.

A treadmill is a good idea, and if you stage “treasure hunts” around the house hiding key pieces of valued treats, it’s fun for them (and you) while also expending some mental energy. Toys that make them think are good too.
Summer I would say the lowest is 105f at night with high humidity.

I will start with the dog boot training, probably get a treadmill, treasure hunts!, collapsable water bowls.

What I do not know if he can hold his peepee from 8am to 7 pm? I think he could, then I can avoid the hot ground out.

Cheers
 
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