03-16-2016, 03:02 AM
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I wouldn't shave her, as double coated breeds' hair may not grow back the same after clipping, and also it provides some insulation against heat as well. I would either go to a DIY grooming facility or have her groomed to make sure that as much loose undercoat as possible is removed. A forced air dryer will help a lot in this endeavor, and is a costly purchase for an owner with one dog, hence my suggestion to take her someplace that has one (whether you do it or pay someone else). If you take her to a groomer, you might ask them about the possibility of shaving just her belly and inner thighs, some people say it helps keep them cool, particularly if they like to lay on cool ground or floor.
I also wouldn't use shoes or booties, as dogs sweat through their paws, and you don't want to inhibit that. I would just avoid sunny areas of pavement during the hot parts of the day.
How much activity is appropriate will depend on her level of fitness and heat tolerance. There's really no way to know until you see how she does. I would try to limit her activity to stuff in/around the water or inside during the heat of the day, and do the other stuff when it's cooler.
One of my dogs has limited heat tolerance, and due to the humidity in my area, I have to take caution even on 70 degree days if he's running around playing. Lots of fetching in the water and swimming, or if he's playing on land, I'll walk him down and have him walk in just so his belly is submerged, then go back to playing on land. On hot days (90+) I wait til evening to do anything other than swimming as he goes from "ok" to "need to cool off right now" very fast. The other is very old now, but when she was younger and active, she could play ball all day long on an 85 degree day, so it just depends on the dog. It sounds like you are attentive and conscientious owners, so you and she should be fine!