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should you shave a blue heeler for the arizona heat?

Some people shave their blue heelers with a lion cut. Should I do that too for the AZ heat?


Asked by Member 649775 on Jul 5th 2008 Tagged shave, grooming, heat, blueheeler, az in Professional Grooming
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Abby

No, absolutely not!

Both the people who request their dogs be shaved in summer, and the "groomers" who shave them are absolutely clueless about the needs of dogs.

Dogs, unlike people, do not sweat through their skin. For them, the fur provides protection from the sun and other elements, and it also helps them regulate their body temperature by trapping air between the layers of fur, thus helping to regulate temperature at the skin level.

If you want your dog to be comfortable in summer, make sure to remove loose hair and mats or tangles frequently - brushing every other day is recommended. Also provide her with shade, cool water, and a chance to acclimatize to the warmer temperatures by doing outdoors activities (not just sitting inside where it's airconditioned).

Shaving is the absolutely wrong thing to do - it will make your dog less comfortable and more susceptible to heat stroke.


Abby answered on Jul 6th.

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Gray Dawn Treader

No, that would torture her even more. The fur acts like a blanket in the winter, and - unknown to most people - a built-in air conditioner (to a point) in the summer.
To keep your dog nice and cool:
- If you don't already, keep her/him inside your house
- Give her/him plenty of water
- Give her/him lots of shade
- Going outside for walks and/or playtime is fine. Just make sure that you recognize the signs that she is hot and needs to go inside.


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Guest

No, a dog's coat is excellent insulation from the heat and cold. They are liable to get a sunburn with no fur as well.
Enjoy the summer!
~Sonja


Member 548802 answered on 7/5/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Lily

Brush him often to keep any loose hair removed. I would not shave any double coated dog.


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