questionsshould i wet down my doggy's coat?

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i think i need to see some pics of said boxer to help me decide. got any with a pink bandana?

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Let's add another factor, dry vs humid environment?

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@w00tgurl: Definitely no pink bandanas, she'd hate that.


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@iggz: When humans are overheating, we sweat for evaporative cooling. Dogs don't sweat (they do use evaporation off the tongue and big ears for the same basic effect, though).
So wetting down her coat should help under most circumstances.

If she's in the shade after, the water will pick up heat from her and evaporate off.
If air temperature is higher than her body temperature, it'll pick up heat from her and the air and still work.
In the sun, if the water darkens her coat, it'll increase absorption of light (and associated heat), but also add a buffer and get that evaporative cooling going, making it beneficial overall.

I'm not coming up with a circumstance in which it would harm her unless you were trying to keep her warm, which you're not.

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@iggz: I saw female boxer and pink bandana, and my thoughts went to Laila Ali. I was looking forward to the pictures.. :>(

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@trahentis: Would you agree that what you are saying is more true for dry environments than humid ones?

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@iggz: no way, iggz. Too chicken to click on the link. Just keep the dog in a cool environment and maybe track down one of those cooling vests they use on the IED-sniffing dogs in the war zones.

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@iggz: Prudence, not fear. The goatse cannot be unseen. Come, dude, you're IGGZ after all ;)
In all seriousness, if you can find a cheap one, get a small Sunsail type of shade for the dog and a small wading pool. It might click in her brain that she can stay cool AND stay outside. It might take you climbing in and coaxing her to lie down in it though.

I have to black Aussies that have the sense (most of the time) to stay in the shade when they're out doing their crazy protect-the-flock patrol they do, but there have been times when we've felt they have gotten too overheated (the foot long tongues hanging out are a dead give away)and had to force them indoors.

What do you do about preventing sunburn? Yeah, short haired dogs like a boxer can get burned.

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i remember just this week a TV for sale here on woot with a doggie in a small wading pool. i think it was a black lab in a blue pool, on sellout.woot cuz i can't find it on the woot blog.
so if wading pools are good for cooling off dogs, then why not wetting the puppy down? seems like the same thing

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If you have airconditioning, the very best thing in really hot, humid weather is to keep pets inside. My dog is not the brightest bulb in the box, and she tends to sit right in the sun and practically passes out.

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Gee thanks Woot mod for erasing my harmless comment, always appreciated. [MOD: Sentence removed, mod baiting]

@lavikinga: yeah- we have a nice, big umbrella type contraption that covers the patio. I just don't feel like having a little pool in the backyard, maybe next summer. She loves water though and is one of the few boxers I know that loves to swim. BTW, the 2 pics are just of her.

@klozitshoper: lol that's funny. We do have AC, but I actually live in what is considered desert so it's a really dry heat. I was just thinking that if I did live in a humid area, what @trahentis said would not be true because they would dry too slowly and actually heat up.

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I would say that depending on where you live, wetting your dog's coat could be really helpful in dealing with the heat - the less humid, the more effective it would be. I live in Arizona and I've done that a couple times for my dog who likes to chase the laser pointer light around the yard just after sunset (when it's still over 100 degrees).

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@iggz: Ok, I looked. Oh my, what a sweet face she has. :) You know, you don't necessarily have to get a wading pool. Even a low profile galvanized washtub would work and wouldn't give your yard that sight blight of Little Tykes trash all over it.

I don't understand why the comment of yours was modded either. It was intended for me & in spite of the mod's good intentions, it went straight to my email anyway. I guess the mod was just being protective last night. No harm. No foul.

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Wetting the coat in a dry environment would only be good if there was moving air. If it was still, it would end up being an insulator of sorts that would heat up to a higher temp than her coat.

Try it yourself: Put a damp rag on your face and stand in the sun. If there is no breeze, your face will start to get warm as the rag heats up. No moving air means slow evaporation, means no cooling effect.