Posted : 6/14/2007 9:32:37 AM
if theres big puddles, he usually likes to lay in them if he's hot, so i let him. i'll be sure to moisten his ears next time. at what age do they begin to thermoregulate? what are some good exercise activities for my 8 month old if summer walking is a bit too much? i try and take him out later on when its cooler at night, but sometimes the walk just fits better into my schedule during the day. thanks for the cooling down tips.
Those are some HUGE clues. Rather than one long walk, try breaking it up into several smaller ones of 5-15 minutes. Let him go at his own pace.
Your pup will start thermoregulating as his body matures into adult form, but that doesn't mean he will be heat tolerant. He needs to be gradually introduced to the heat, and allowed to cool down via shade or the way that Glenda suggested as he needs it.
Another thing to consider is that at 8 months your pup is still growing. When pups grow they are more tired than usual and they will sleep for an inordinate time period. When my pup was in a growing phase, there were days when he'd sleep 18-20 hours. So if your pup isn't interested in walking and seems interested only in resting, his body is probably telling him that it's the right thing to do.