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Old 07-25-2019, 03:42 PM
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My dog is cranky as hell

It is literally hotter than a dog's anus here.

I live in Western Europe. Where I live the air temperature was 37-38C today
(in some places 40C) . I was working outside today and it was 37 in the air, 45 on the ground (where I was sitting) and over 60C on the train rails a metre away from where I was sitting. I could have cooked an egg on those rails.

When I got home the temperature in my house was 38C and my dog (a poodle) did NOT want to touched. He's been as cranky as a monk on fire since it's been this warm.

He's been snapping at pretty much anyone who wants him to do anything other than lay down beside the fan and do nothing. I've been trying to keep people away from him but is there anything you can suggest that would help him accept this heat without being so bloody cranky?
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Raised bed, plenty of access to water, gel cooling pads. Maybe a clip?
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Sounds like heat stress. Can you provide him with some other way to get cooled down? A kiddie pool filled with cool water and some ice might help if you have access to such things. Since poodles are not double coated (I think) clipping can also help a lot if it is not already. We just had a hot streak here too and my friends dog was pretty stressed due to them not having air conditioning and being on the third floor. She cooled off by going to a small pond and laying in it for a while.

I hope you fond some relief soon. The weather patterns have been just crazy this year.
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You can wet some towels with cool water and lay it on the dog, his head, his back. You can rub his belly with a cool, wet wash cloth too.
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so..... I took your advice and laid a wet towel on the floor for the dog and put a cooling element in between the folded parts of the towel.

If he had laid on it it would have given him a LOT of relief.

Sadly, my dog isn't one of those dogs that just does stuff like that.
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so..... I took your advice and laid a wet towel on the floor for the dog and put a cooling element in between the folded parts of the towel.

If he had laid on it it would have given him a LOT of relief.

Sadly, my dog isn't one of those dogs that just does stuff like that.
Lay the towel on her back, just wait until she settles somewhere and sit beside her holding the towel on to her back. Rub her belly with a cool, wet wash cloth. Rub her floppy ears with it, the blood vessels are close to the skin there, the coolness gets transferred and transported into the body more quickly.

We cooled our old dog like that when the kids were little and we went to the cottage in the Summer. It was a bit of a walk to the water so we needed to find a way to keep her cool when we rested inside the cottage. Your dog will soon figure out how great that is and start enjoying it.
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Lay the towel on her back, just wait until she settles somewhere and sit beside her holding the towel on to her back. Rub her belly with a cool, wet wash cloth. Rub her floppy ears with it, the blood vessels are close to the skin there, the coolness gets transferred and transported into the body more quickly.

We cooled our old dog like that when the kids were little and we went to the cottage in the Summer. It was a bit of a walk to the water so we needed to find a way to keep her cool when we rested inside the cottage. Your dog will soon figure out how great that is and start enjoying it.
yeah....... nooooo... This particular dog doesn't like that kind of touch except on his own terms. If he comes to us --which he does frequently -- then I can handle him any way I want. If *I* come to *him* however, he's likely to feel threatened by it.

Bath time is no problem. I can put him in bath whenever I want and he never protests. Maybe I can use that to my advantage.
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Freeze some tests in water or Kongs stuffed with something freezable like cooked pumpkin to cool the dog on the inside. And maybe put some some favourite plastic toys in a small bucket of water, like we do for little kids.


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yeah....... nooooo... This particular dog doesn't like that kind of touch except on his own terms. If he comes to us --which he does frequently -- then I can handle him any way I want. If *I* come to *him* however, he's likely to feel threatened by it.

Yeah my shiba inu is the same way. No cuddles and not too much touching unless he asks. If your dog will go in the bath though I would just put him in the bath and give him a cold soak.
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