- 8 months ago Dave PageParticipant
Did a search and didn’t find anything.
Just curious how others deal with training in the heat. How do you maintain what you have and progress when it is so hot and humid no human or animal wants to move?
Here lately, even after dark, it is so hot and humid, just sitting still you will be sweating. A twenty minute walk leaves you wringing wet. Being part husky Luke doesn’t want to move and starts heat stressing fairly quick.
- 8 months ago Michael D’AbruzzoKeymaster
David, I hear your frustration. When I was doing more in-kennel projects I hated mid-summer because it limited how long I could train a dog on field trips during the work day. Mother nature will always be one up on us there.
I would try to do as much as I can indoors, in the shade, early morning and evening. I would also do frequent shorter sessions that needed to be done outside and would make sure to get the dogs back to a cool place between sessions.
With a focused lesson a lot can be accomplished in a short amount of time, but if the dog goes into the session already panting it will still be difficult so have the dog fresh.
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- 8 months ago Dave PageParticipant
I will give the short intense sessions a go.
I had tried wetting him down first but the humidity is so high it doesn’t help.
He definitely likes the cooler weather. When we recently went to Colorado to pick up a cart he had such a blast running in the 40 degree mountain evenings he wound up straining his back (I never thought about him being so out of shape from it being too hot to do much here). I was afraid he was sick or poisoned but the vet said he strained his back.
- 7 months, 4 weeks ago JudyModerator
The heat can be so tough on many dogs since they do not cool down the same way we do. I wanted to share with anyone who reads this to not only to be careful training in the heat but to also be careful how you cool a dog down as well. If an over heated dog is cooled down too quickly, usually by submerging in cold water, (like in a pool or a tub) the dog can go into shock. I have seen this happen working at an animal hospital. Dog went out on a boat with the family and got over heated. They tried to cool off the dog off as quickly as possible so they tossed the dog in the cold pool. The drastic and quick drop in the dogs temperature caused the dog to go into shock which unfortunately caused seizures that the dog was unable to recover from.
Cool wet cloths, pleanty of cool drinking water (not ice water if the dog is overheated) rubbing alcohol rubbed on the paw pads (will cool as it dries), but never submerge a dog into anything cold. An overheated dog needs to cool down slowly.
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- 7 months, 4 weeks ago Kim JamesParticipant
Hi Dave but I thought I’d share from experience…..
Defiantly Agree with Mike and Judy, food for thought also is depending on the dogs fitness level, breed, situation and acclimatisation period.
Specifically for MWD’s, CAD’s, EDD’s and SAR Dogs, here is some info from a 3 day hands on course i recently completed called TCCC (tactical care of the canine casualty) through http://www.k9hardcase.com, the instructors advocated strongly Rapid cooling for heat injuries coupled with fluid intervention should the dog be suffering from a heat injury, when heat stress signs are first apparent they are subtle to most but easily recognisable, shade seeking, distracted, tongue lolled out to the side, puff eyes, intense heavy breathing, mouth wide open teeth exposed…ect these are the first signs that you as the handler need to identify early and rest the dog.
Obviously in the shade somewhere cool, give small drinks, beyond that the dogs health can go from anywhere to having immediate severe diarrhoea (straight up heat injury), to drunkedness/ listless, cardiac arrest.
The big take away from the course was core body temp which relates to heat stress then heat injury are totally independent from dog to dog and there is no actual definitive core temp range that you should abide by as the guidelines are mostly inaccurate, this is because of the differences in dogs through breed, fitness level, work rate, the list goes on in variables….the best advice was (get data) measure the dogs temp prior to training, at rest. Then measure it during the activity, then after the activity. Note any changes in behaviour that relate to heat stress, that will give you a figure you can work off as well as looking for earlier signs.
For instance my English Springer completed a 600m route search, measured core temp prior to task in his kennel 39* celsius, the day temp and humidity was 32* and 92% humidity Darwin wet season(think super tropical sauna), during the task measured core temp again he was 43*, shade seeking, puffy eyes, wide mouth breathing, but still searching relentlessly we completed task in a time of 55min, rested 4 times throughout for between 3-7mins this includes shade and water and core temp measurements. measured temp on completion and he was 44*, we rapid cooled him in the shade in a kids bath filled with water and his temp dropped 3* in around 7-8min. the physical changes for him were immediate no puffy eyes, breathing slowed, and his physical recovery was amazing as he was ready to go again 2 hours later.
Another team completed the same task, same time/atmospherics this time with a Kelpie (2 years older) measured prior to task 40*, during task 42* similar rest periods however minimal heat stress indicators because the dog took care of itself, worked at a steady pace the whole way through task time was 1hour and 10mins, measured core temp at end of task 42*, the dog maintained self preservation, again we rapid cooled the kelpie in the same manner temp dropped to 41* in around the same time as the springer and was keen to go after 2 hours, the springer was faster but the draw back was temp increased fast and caused changes which i had to be aware of and maintain, the kelpie just cruised along but spent longer on the task which has other implications.
We are taught at rest a dogs temp is between 38-39.5*, so technically both dogs were suffering from heat stress just sitting in their kennel. but did not show any signs.
These examples are of very athletic EDD’s, who train daily, PT daily, who now eat a very healthy balanced diet specific to their requirements and performances which have been measured individually in terms of output.
Hope this is of some help mate. hit me up if you have any other heat related stuff i work with it and in it everyday.
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