Summer

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Summer is usually the hottest temps and hardest to work the dogs!! Because almost all dogs don’t sweat (the Chinese Crested does sweat) they can overheat easy!! Even the short haired and the Chinese Crested are still very susceptible to overheating. Overheating can be fatal!! In fact, in the warmer months professional dog mushers and sled operators usually rest their dogs.  I always like to let my dogs get their energy release. If you take some appropriate measures you may be able to safely work your dog.  Hiking and walking are obviously good choices. Biking and jogging are possible during the cooler times of the day– early morning or late evening.  Shaded paths or trails are also a good choice in the warmer weather.  Always have plenty of fresh water on hand.  If you can allow your dogs to cool in a body of water along the way, like a stream or pond, that would be great!! Remember their distance and speed will be greatly compromised, so don’t over do it!! Even with a the proper cooling and watering, they are still very vulnerable to overheating.

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