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It's averaging about the driest 108 degrees here, feels like an oven. I keep the dogs inside basically all day unless I absolutely have to let them out.

I don't want them to learn to be wild in the house, but how can I get them some energy going? It is still around 103 degrees by midnight, and doesn't get below 100 til maybe 4am.

What are some options here?
 

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Where though? I guess there are some lakes 20-30 minutes away, but I'd be reluctant to let the dogs off leash in a public area. Do you mean to get a kiddie pool and get them to play in it and run around soaking wet? That could work. They haven't really shown that they like water, but maybe I could get them used to it.
 

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Originally Posted By: littledmc
Originally Posted By: LiesjeSwimming?
I agree
me three!

or... if its possible, flip your days around so that you're awake at 5am to take them out for exercise. if you don't have access to water and cant flip your day... maybe you have stairs? my dog cures his own boredom by tossing his ball over the balcony then running down to get it over and over and over again.

the one advantage about 100+ weather is that the dogs will tire out sooner and they're likely eating less - so they really don't need hours of exercise.

Originally Posted By: The_PassengerWhere though? I guess there are some lakes 20-30 minutes away, but I'd be reluctant to let the dogs off leash in a public area.
a 20 minute drive isnt too bad a few days a week. if you're nervous about letting the dogs loose and cant find a secluded area then maybe purchase 15-30ft training leads. i actually have a few friends with pools and make arrangements for my dogs to go swimming the day before the pool cleaning guy comes. i've also seen people (believe it or not) posting on craigslist asking for the same type of arrangement.

hm, if you have a yard - maybe you can play fetch with them thru a sprinkler?
 

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Originally Posted By: Camerafodder
Originally Posted By: littledmc
Originally Posted By: LiesjeSwimming?
I agree
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the one advantage about 100+ weather is that the dogs will tire out sooner and they're likely eating less - so they really don't need hours of exercise.
I take Brady for walks around 7ish and it is still hot we are out there for 1/2 hour we get in he lays in front of his fan and doesn't move. I also have a kiddie pool for him and he just puts his paws in

Where are you from?
 

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I agree with the idea of putting the dogs on a long line and taking them to a lake if you have one close by. We also have a kiddie pool for Molly and she loves. Or we set up the sprinkler out in the back yard and let her romp around in that. That seems to tire her out because she can play in that sprinkler for hours! It is very entertaining to watch too
 

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I vote for the kiddie pool too!!! It will be a great way for you all to cool off!!! Have fun!
 

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good idea about sprinkler I have to find mine
don't know what DH did with it

good luck and stay cool
 

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I expected to open this up and see temps in the 90's so I can say "just go exercise your dog". Then I read 108 and 105 at night!!! Holy crap!

Swimming or sprinkler and then run for the air conditioned home!
 

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Not sure where you're at but we go for walks at these air-conditioned places:

Petsmart
Petco
Home Depot
Lowe's

This way we get to work on several different things, socialization, obedience, heeling, etc. but stay cool at the same time.
 

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Yeah the forecast for today is 109, then tomorrow 108. I'm in SW Utah.

I didn't know I could take dogs to Home Depot, that's am interesting idea.

I am going to get kiddie pools right now and see if they like them. They have shyed away from water up until now, but maybe I can get them used to it.
 

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Originally Posted By: The_Passenger I didn't know I could take dogs to Home Depot, that's am interesting idea.
Not all Home Depots allow dogs because I know the ones by me do not. So you may want to check with your local Home Depot before you stop in there with your dog.

Good luck with your kiddie pool. We had to pick Molly up and put her in hers the first time because she didn't know what to do. After that she loved it and we can't keep her out!
 

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Also agree with the suggestion of getting out earlier (and later) . We are currently getting the dogs out at 5:00-5:30 am and waiting until 8:00-9:00 pm to take short walks.

Good times to teach new tricks and mental stimulation games/play/obedience while in the house. It's a great time for mental stimulation-if you can keep your mind off that heat!
 

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Yes, check before you go into Home Depot or Lowe's.

I've asked at Office Max also, and they were like.....uh, I guess so, sure. And I thought, no I think a manager needs to tell me that before I bring Max in. Don't need a flunkie to say yes and then the manager to freak out. LOL

Usually anywhere there's food, you can't bring a dog into. We have found most feeds stores or western clothing stores allow it but we have to ask first, although the feed stores usually aren't air-conditioned.
 

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and Barnes & Noble

i've also found that if i walk in looking around as if i'm questioning the matter then someone is more likely to approach me. the same as if i ask, i usually get "i'm sorry, no." if i go directly where i need to go as if i do it all the time - i rarely get spoken to. i think it depends alot on how well behaved your dog is and how much attention its getting from other customers. and yes, if a store sells food - its a violation of heath codes and non assistance dogs arent permitted.

however, i bet alot more things slide in california than other states, so i'll shut up now.
 

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The corporate policy for both Lowe's and Home Depot states that only service dogs are allowed inside. However, local store managers are often more lenient than corporate policy and allow dogs inside.

When we lived in northern Virginia, we had a Lowe's and Home Depot across the street from each other. The Lowe's allowed dogs, the Home Depot did not, so we went to Lowe's. That is, until they changed managers and the new manager decided not to allow dogs anymore.

Down here, both Lowe's and Home Depot allow dogs.

It's always a good idea to call ahead and speak to the manager, or, if it's a smaller store, stick your head in and ask if you can bring your dog inside to shop with you. Many stores don't mind if you ask nicely and your dog is well behaved and under control.

We pretty much do the same things in summer that we do in winter, we just bring more water. And we tend to spend more time at the beach.
 

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As was said, not all stores in a chain will allow dogs. The Home Depot closest to me doesn't allow dogs.

This is what my puppy does when it is in the 90's and 100's. Luckily it is less than 2 miles to the park at the lake. So when it is super hot, I take her twice a day. Since she is just getting ready to be 16 weeks old (tomorrow) I don't let her off leash in most "public" places. That is why she swimms with a Flexi attached to her collar. (You can see it attached to her collar in the botton of both pictures.) Luckily she is apparently part Otter, she started swimming at 10 weeks.



 
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