|Barked: Mon Apr 25, '11 7:12am PST |
|If the dog is laying in the sun, the coat protects her from the heat. However, if your dog is a working dog, the double coat reflects the heat back to the dog and cooks the core temperature as the core temperature rises, and the heat cant escape. Dogs have very poor cooling systems. They sweat through paws, they pant, and the belly offers radiant cooling.
If a dog is working on hot pavement, and for instance a tracking dog is not panting while processing scent on a track, so they arent cooling themselves that way, and picking up pavement heat through their paws, they can get in trouble very quickly. When Tuck heat exhausted during a search last summer, the first thing the vets did was shave his coat once he dried from his tepid water bath.
His working ability really increased once his coat was removed. He looked like heck.
for an inactive dog, your trainer is correct.
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