Post # 1
I am really concerned. Our dog is crate trained during the day (he’s 5 months old and a total menace lol). We do not have a/c and today with the humidity the temperature has reached 38 deg C (around 100F). This morning when I left I closed the curtains so the sun wouldn’t come in and I pointed a fan at him, but I can’t help but be really worried.
I was going to leave work early but now I am not able to. I guess I just wanted some reassurance that he’s likely ok…
From now on I plan to put him down in the basement where it’s cool during the day.
Post # 3
Yikes.. I’m sure he is OK today.. but I would definitely not make it a habit as that is a long time for a dog to go with no air conditioning. Also, make sure he has access to water. It might result in an accident but I would rather clean up a little pee than worry about my dog suffering from the heat.
Post # 4
How long is he home alone during the day typically? You don’t want to provide him access to water within the crate, but he should have access to water (even ice water) at least every 4 hours in that kind of heat.
Also you might leave him with an iced treat like “Frosty Paws” so that he can cool himself by licking that.
Just get to him as soon as you can today and then the basement sounds like a fine idea for the future.
Post # 5
you can “shave” him – give him his summer clip if you haven’t already (its’ pretty easy with clippers, or a groomer can do it).
Not sure if they are easily available in your area, but we got a mobile AC unit for our house. It was about $100, and has wheels, and is SUPER easy to use (FH and I are anti-handy, and we figured it out!!!) and it actually does a great job of cooling down a room, or two. You could set it up in the room his crate is in, or if you could sequester him in a bathroom or kitchen, that would work too.
Post # 6
@Mrs. DG – He’s there for 8 hours… I am going to call FI’s parents tonight and ask if they wouldn’t mind stopping by and giving him some water around lunch time. The frozen treat is a great idea!!
I just feel so guilty, like I should have thought of this before now 🙁
Post # 7
If I were you I’d do a few things:
For this year…
1) put him the coolest place in the house (basement sounds good)
2) get his hair cut as short as possible
3) Put a frozen water bottle or two (closed) in the crate so he can “cuddle” up to it at least for the first few hours to keep cool
4) get someone (family, friend, or dog walker) to let him out and give him water at lunch
For the long run:
train him well enough to get him out of the crate! I know people disagree on this but in my (totally unprofessional and only anecdotal opinion)… crating as a permanent solution is kind of mean. dogs CAN be trained to be just fine in the house alone. If he wasn’t in the crate he could get water when he wanted and find himself the coolest/most comfy place in the house.
Post # 8
@Corgitales – Great suggestions! His hair is already pretty short, since he’s a puppy, aside from that I am going to try all of those 🙂 Also, I hear ya on the crate training thing. He’s just a total menace right now, he isn’t house trained which is the biggest concern. Once I can trust him to not make a big mess, he’ll likely graduate to being gated in the kitchen, and then eventually have the run of the first floor of the house!
He was in great shape when I got home! The fan kept the kitchen surprisingly cool given the extreme temps outside. I am definitely going to put him in the basement for the rest of the week though, it’s very cool down here!!
Post # 9
Evaporative cooling really works wonders – if he’s not a terrible chewer, you can buy a cheap yoga mat and cut it down to the size of his crate, pour a bit of cold water on it, and leave the fan on. The mat will absorb most of the water, so it’s like lying on a nice, cool, damp bed, and when he’s a bit wet, the fan will be a million times more effective at keeping him cool.
My dad trains Search & Rescue dogs down on the Gulf Coast, where it’s 100F+ and high humidity for months on end. When they’re on deployment, there’s no AC, and the water + fan combo is really effective at keeping the dogs comfortable.
Post # 10
We put a fan on the sofa where our dog lays during the day to keep her cool when its hot out. Another idea for the crate would be to put an ice pack in there so they can lay on it if they want to. When our dog had to go to the e-room, they put an ice pack in with her to get her temperature down. If you can train your dog out of the crate, can you leave him a room that has tile such as the kitchen or bathroom? Our dog loves laying on the tile when its hot.