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post #11 of 160 Old 02-20-2013, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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I'll have this one please....


I know,isn't he sweet? He was snoozing on my lap last night while watching a movie,in the same position. :)
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post #12 of 160 Old 02-20-2013, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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If there aren't pictures ... IT DIDN'T HAPPEN!!

Haha,I'll get right on that as soon as I get home. :)
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post #13 of 160 Old 02-20-2013, 01:32 PM
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I seriously wish there was a way ... but it's probably too hot in the summer down here anyway .. I want one or two patrol dogs for our property (5 acres) .. Must be able to co-exist with chickens and horses .. so want LGD mix of some kind...

Sigh .. I guess we should just continue working on our fence, huh?

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post #14 of 160 Old 02-20-2013, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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I seriously wish there was a way ... but it's probably too hot in the summer down here anyway .. I want one or two patrol dogs for our property (5 acres) .. Must be able to co-exist with chickens and horses .. so want LGD mix of some kind...

Sigh .. I guess we should just continue working on our fence, huh?

Too bad you're so far away;sounds like they'd be ideal for what you're looking for,although they'd probably need a shave,lol.
We'll probably get one of them fixed and keep him/her ourselves.The coyote packs around here can be vicious,we've nearly lost Teslin before to them,so having another one to help protect the place should help even the odds a bit. :)
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We've got coyotes too .. they are BRAZEN around here...

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post #16 of 160 Old 02-20-2013, 01:59 PM
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We have a LOT of coyotes here also,but my 2 dogs are real good at keeping them away from the house.. They are Shepherd cross spayed females.
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post #17 of 160 Old 02-20-2013, 02:06 PM
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Too bad you're so far away;sounds like they'd be ideal for what you're looking for,although they'd probably need a shave,lol.
We'll probably get one of them fixed and keep him/her ourselves.The coyote packs around here can be vicious,we've nearly lost Teslin before to them,so having another one to help protect the place should help even the odds a bit. :)
You never, ever shave double coated dogs. They actually overheat faster and are more prone to sunburn if shaved. My double coated dogs do fine in the Florida heat.
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Well .. you CAN .. and it's done all the time in Texas. There are precautions to take, and pros and cons for doing it, but it can, and is done.

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A lot of things can be done, I just meant you shouldn't! It drives me absolutely batty when people buy a double coated dog, only to shave it because they think it sheds too much. Get it on a decent food, brush it out once in a while, and there you go. The coarse guard hairs protect the skin and help to keep them from overheating just as well as it does to keep them warm in the winter. I know a few groomers who will not shave double coated dogs for that reason. Unless the dog is horribly matted or has some other underlying issue, I don't see what the pros are.
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Hell, I shave my GSDs each summer and I know you're not *supposed* to. But they're housepets 98% of the time, so when we do go out for a run in the summer, even at night when it's (only) 95*F and 100% humidity, they get overheated. This way I can hose them down before and after and still not have wet dogs all night. Didn't shave them when we were in WA state, but there it got cool enough at night to run them without heat stroke.

Hair is an insulator. Hot dog under the fur plus hot outside = even hotter, and then they can't cool down quickly by skin contact with a cool floor either. Show me ONE real study to support the old wives tale about hair actually keeping dogs cooler in the heat. I want some actual research or data, not just what groomers or trainers or owners or breed associations claim.

I never will get how people get so worked up by shaving dogs or not (not you specifically, Nightside, just in general). It's not your dog, and if the owner is making sure to protect them from sunburn, then what's the issue?
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