Baby it's hot outside
#11
In Wisconsin our summer temps have a wide range. Same goes for humidity. 

It might help if you think of it this way. If you are hot, your dogs will be hot also. Spraying your dog with the hose will help a lot. 

In Wisconsin we usually have time during the spring for the dogs to shed their winter coats and get acclimated to the warmer summer temps. BUT on the 90+ temp days with 90+ humidity I do not play with the dogs unless they will be in and out of the hose or kiddy pool. We don't even go for walks in those temps. Heat index can be upwards to 110 F and it's not worth having a dog get heat stroke. 

For me it always seems warmer right after winter when we have warm days. We have to get used to the warmer temps same as the dogs do.
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#12
In Florida, you have to be really careful. Because of our high humidity, they don't cool from panting. And because of the intense sun, they can overheat FROM being hosed down. They stay wet because of the humidity and the water on their body turns warm. So after giving a hot dog a good soaking, we have to make sure they get in the shade.
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#13
I was reading that dogs can sweat through their paws so a good way for them to expel heat is to stand in a cool shallow pool.
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If you find your dog is over heating wet the belly, insides of the back legs and front armpits with cool not cold water. Keep the cool water on them until they recover. 

I agree GM. On the really hot sunny days wetting a dog can make them even more hot unless in the shade. It has happened to one of my dogs.
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Cooling the throat where the carotid arteries and jugular veins are works really well. The idea is to cool over major blood vessels so that the cooling spreads faster.
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