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3/14/11 12:08 A

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Kathy,
I'm definitely not a Collie specialist. I have heard from Collie people who do either successfully as long as the dog is not exposed to extreme heat. Unfortunately many dog owners have gotten their dogs from questionable sources who have not educated their buyers on how to take care of their breed as far as training or grooming or nutrition and many are simply unprepared to deal with all that coat, esp. once it has gotten matted. In those cases clipping the dog and finding other ways (like wet blankets) to keep the dog cool can help a lot.

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3/13/11 11:06 P

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emoticon If you are not sure about the dogs coat check with your vet. Also walking during the cooler times of the day really help as well as staying off the cement or asphalt. Take along something for them to drink water out of. Hope this helps. emoticon

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3/13/11 10:58 P

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FYI - Sorry HOUNDLOVER, but you are mistaken about shaving a Collie. They should NOT be shaved unless there is some underlying medical issue that requires doing so. Collies have a double coat, with 'harsh' feeling guard hairs, and a thick , dense undercoat. If they are groomed properly and regularly, they should lose almost all of their undercoat when shedding. Once all the undercoat is gone, the new coat will come in fairly quickly. The purpose behind this heavy double coat is for insulation in both cold and hot weather conditions, without it the Collie has trouble regulating their body temperatures effectively. Shaving a Collie can cause death if it is exposed to extremes in the weather for any length of time.

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3/13/11 10:29 P

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The shaving or not has always had advocates and opponents. If the dog sheds out really well to where there is little undercoat left (usually German Shepherds are that type) I would not shave but would use a shedding blade to make the shedding go smoother. For a dog that has strong gard hair (outer coat) I would tend not to shave, for a dog that has almost a fluffy coat or a dense undercoat that hardly sheds out (Husky, Akita, Collie) I would shave, but leave at least 1/4 inch for protection from sunlight to prevent sunburn. Exercise your dogs when temps are under 90 degrees and out of direct sun, ideally early morning or evening. You can hose the whole dog down to keep them cool for a while, labs tend to love water anyhow. Protect your dog from hot pavement or their pads will burn. Stand on it with bare feet for yourself for at least a minute to see how hot it is if in doubt. In very dry climates you can put a cooling blanket on your dog that is dripping wet when you leave to extend your time outside. Always take cold water in an insulated container or some ice cubes in a fanny pack along. If in doubt stay inside. Dogs can't sweat like people so avoid using head halter (Gentle Leader, Halti) because they reduce the amount of panting the dog can do. Also, never force a dog to go further or faster than he is ready.

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3/13/11 5:50 P

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Hi! I lived in So. IL and it would get very hot and humid down there & I took my husky hiking in the forest all year round. I always was near water, tho. So she would drink out of the lake or springs and swim or get in the creeks to cool off. I agree with DODDSM!!! Don't shave your dog, bcuz their double coat is meant to keep them coo as well as warm. Just always make sure you always have water with you or that your dog can have access to it when it's hot. There are water bottles that you can buy at pet stores or collapsible bowls, too. You just fill the bowl w/water you bring.

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3/13/11 5:34 P

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You need to watch with shaving down a double coated dog - their coat is meant to in the winter keep them warm; and in the summer to keep them cooler. If we shaved one of our Collies it could kill them.

As for walking, if you take water with you for yourself, take something that the dog can drink from to help him cool off; also try not walking on pavement because it gets really hot (and dogs sweat through their feet). You can also wet the underside of his feet to help him cool off. Walk in early morning or later at night when it isn't as hot.

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3/13/11 5:20 P

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Our Badi is a mutt with mostly german shepherd and he is 10 yrs. old. Every yr.we come to Mexico and bring him with us. The first thing I do is have his coat shaved down and he is far more comfortable this way. If it is as hot in Texas as it is here that might be a good idea for your fellow. He should be able to walk at least for an hr. unless he is real old so the heat may be getting to him.

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3/13/11 5:05 P

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I have a German Shepherd Dog / Lab Mix. His coat is just like a German Shepherd. I live in Texas and through out the winter he and I have been getting used to taking walks for 30-45 minutes. But as it has been getting warmer and he has been getting slower and sluggish toward the end of our walks (after about 25 minutes). He has just begun blowing his coat so he still has a lot of his under coat.

Should I be taking him on shorter walks during the summer months? Will it get better for him as his coat thins? Are there guidelines on walk length in relation to temperature? It is only going to get hotter here and I don't want to get him sick by pushing him to hard, but I don't want to lose my walking buddy. Ironically this is the first time in a while it has been warm enough that I am comfortable outside.

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