Should I Shave my Golden Retriever to keep him cool in the summer?
We hear that question all the time in grooming! There are several risks when shaving a double coat breed like a Golden Retriever.
First, dogs only sweat from their paws so having a long coat doesn’t generally significantly affect their body temperature.
Unfortunately, sometimes the hair will not grow back the same, meaning your dog’s coat may be sparse and coarse. You also run the risk of your dog over heating, which sounds like the opposite of what you would expect, but let me explain why…
Double coated breeds (like golden retrievers and corgis) have two layers of fur.
The outer layer is a coarse coat which protects them from the heat and sun.
The under coat is thicker and softer and keeps them warm in the cold.
Some people prefer to shave their dogs to prevent the shedding and keep their dog cool, but when you do that you remove both their air conditioner as well as their heater. This means your dog may actually be warmer, and can even overheat on hot summer days when shaved.
A deshed is the perfect solution since it removes that undercoat while leaving their top coat, their air conditioning layer.
If the undercoat is left to build up it can make your dog hot, which is why regular brushing is vital as the weather gets warmer. Our Deshed process includes a Low-Shed shampoo and Deshedding conditioner, which work together to loosen the follicles of the undercoat. We then use a combination of brushing and blow drying to get that undercoat out, keeping your dog nice and cool!
When done regularly (every 6-8 weeks) a deshed can reduce shedding up to 90%! Your dogs coat will feel softer and lighter, while still being beautiful and shiny.
While summer may be coming to a close and kids are thinking about going back to school, it’s not fall yet and boy is it hot out there! Dogs cannot cool themselves by sweating like their humans do (they sweat a small amount from their paw pads but it doesn’t significantly affect their body temperature), so their main method of cooling themselves is to pant. However, August in Florida is quite a hot place to be, and sometimes panting just isn’t enough. Here are some great tips to keep your dog cool during the hottest month of the year!
Make sure your dog always has access to fresh, clean water.
Brush your dog regularly to keep undercoat to a minimum, or get a deshed from a groomer.
Summertime brings high temps and humidity here in Florida! Here are some fun activities for your pup during the dog days of summer.
Splash Party: Kiddy pools are inexpensive at most retailers and sometimes you can even find a free one in your neighborhood! After filling the pool, try adding a bag or two of ice. This will help keep the water from getting warm in the sun and as an added bonus, many dogs love to chomp on ice cubes!
Indoor Kiddy Pool Fun: If your dog doesn’t care too much for water games, try bringing the kiddy pool inside. Fill it up with all of their favorite toys and hide a couple of treats in the bottom. It’s a simple way to keep them out of the heat while still burning up their energy.
Puzzles & Games: Watching your dog solve a puzzle is a lot more fun than it sounds. Get a muffin tin, put a yummy treat into each cup, and then place a tennis ball on top. Make sure your pup sees the treat in the cup before you cover it! Sit back and watch as your pup figures out how to get the snack. Once they start to master it, up the difficulty by only placing treats under some of the balls.
Homemade Pupsicles: Kids and dogs alike LOVE popsicles! They’re so easy to make with ingredients that are probably already in your home. Try filling an ice cube tray with unsalted chicken broth and water (adjust amounts for your dog’s taste and belly). If you’d like, add a small treat in the middle like watermelon, carrot, and broccoli.Have some tips and tricks we haven’t listed? Let us know in the comments! We’re always looking for fun ways to engage and challenge our furry friends.
We’ve had a lot of fun experimenting with our new puppy-mounted camera. We are so happy to have a way to share all of the funny, silly, cute stuff we get to see during daycare! Special thanks to Sunny and Koda for being patient, happy participants in this adventure!
Check out the view from both large dog and small dog daycare:
Easter Seals of Southwest Florida has begun commissioning beautiful hand painted pet portraits!
Their artists can paint portraits of any pet, including dogs, cats, birds and horses. All portraits are painted on canvas and can be framed for an additional cost. Prices vary depending upon completed size of portrait.
To place an order or discuss pricing please contact:
WOW! We are so thankful for all who came out and partied with us to benefit Satchel’s Last Resort Animal Shelter/Sanctuary. A special thank you to our owners, Robert & Lynne Huff for generously matching donations! With the community’s help, Satchel’s was able to add $11,705.86 to their medical fund, meaning bright futures for so many more pets!
Bow Wow Luau was an absolute blast for all of our two-legged and four-legged friends.
Check out all of the pictures on our Facebook page.
Here is a clip of Suncoast News Network’s coverage of the event: