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Old 08-26-2018, 11:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Dog getting tired/hot on walks

Hey guys, this summer my dog has been extra unenthusiastic about walks, especially when it's hot out, I'm in NY and 80s is typical. The dog is a rescue and we believe around 5 years old, we've had him for nearly 3 now. He is a stockier type of pit and although not the trimmest I don't think he is terribly overweight (I'll try to attach a pic). Is wanting to quit on a walk typical for the stockier guys of the breed as they get older? Would appreciate any opinions, thanks.



Found one of him done walking too!



Edit: Our average afternoon in the summer is right around 1.5-2.0 miles.

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Old 08-27-2018, 02:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Hello mgftp and welcome. You don't mention how far you are walking your dog. It was 85 degrees yesterday morning and I walked one of mine for an hour. I carry (or rather she does in her saddle bag) a bottle of water and a collapsible bowl but she didn't drink till we got back home. The panting and tongue hanging out is when I know she has had a good walk. If your dog has regular checkups with the vet and is in good health I wouldn't worry about it.
BTW, good looking boy.

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Hello mgftp and welcome. You don't mention how far you are walking your dog. It was 85 degrees yesterday morning and I walked one of mine for an hour. I carry (or rather she does in her saddle bag) a bottle of water and a collapsible bowl but she didn't drink till we got back home. The panting and tongue hanging out is when I know she has had a good walk. If your dog has regular checkups with the vet and is in good health I wouldn't worry about it.
BTW, good looking boy.

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Hi, yea, probably should have included that! Our average afternoon in the summer is right around 1.5-2.0 miles. Thanks for the reply.
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Afternoons are usually the hottest part of the day - can you walk in the morning or after sunset? Michaela is a bit over 4 yrs old, and about as stocky as your boy. When I have to walk her after work in the afternoon and it’s hot, I’ll hose her off first, and keep the walk short. We’ll go out again later, after sunset when it’s cooler.
On weekends I walk Michaela around 3-1/2 to 4 miles early in the morning (we start before dawn), and when it’s muggy out, she tends to drag a bit on the way home. I carry water for her (a Water Rover - combination water bottle/bowl, with the water partially frozen so it stays cold for the entire walk) and sometimes a small spray bottle to spritz her with, to cool her off.
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Do early mornings or late evenings walks. Afternoons are horribly hot and I wouldnt want to be out either. My pit hates the heat.

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