|Barked: Wed Jun 15, '11 7:55am PST |
|The moisture build up in human situations does not apply to dogs, as dogs sweat through their paws, and their cooling is paws, nose, panting, mouths. Radiation cooling to cool points along the stomach and arteries near their skin surface helps. Shaving bellies where they contact cool earth may indeed have value.
In the case of a working dog in Search and Rescue, where they are forced to work in heat, their panting is compromised, because they can't sniff and pant at the same time. Therefore their work compromises their cooling system. Their paws working on hot concrete and asphalt is sending heat INTO their bodies, instead of cooling them. A working dog's cooling system is shut down. When I shave my dogs for working, to KEEP them working, I use a cool vest, which takes advantage of the radiated cooling and arterial cooling points. It allows closer contact, and gives the dog a cooling option not available to them previously when the nature of their work took out their natural cooling system. Concrete and Asphalt are NOT natural to a dog. Protective boots also not intuitive, help sustain their working longer. (Grass is a better option than boots, but in a WORKING dog, not always an option) .
So when the hair comes off, protective clothing goes on. That's just the way it is.
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