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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

6/19/2013 3:48:01 AM

This is a great article, it always makes me so sad to see dogs shaved down in the summer.

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andrea   lancaster, CA

4/19/2012 10:05:53 AM

i have a jack russel and a maltipoo. we got them this november. we live in the desert and it gets really hot there. they are outside while we are at work and are in the house when we are home and at night. i am very worried about them as when it gets hot....will they be okay outside for eight hours. we just bought the igloo dog house and have a small childs pool, and water dispenser. is this enough and will they be okay.

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Janet   Bethlehem, PA

9/3/2011 5:45:00 AM

good article, thanks

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G.David   Riverside, CA

7/15/2008 1:59:07 PM

Why do African & Austrialian dogs (desert)have short coats and more Northern & moutain dogs have long coats. I shave my dogs every summer and they loves it. Much less panting and I keep them out of the noon day sun

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Sharon   Baltimore, MD

7/9/2008 5:01:45 PM

I don't think it's true that the coat will be "ruined" if it's clipped down to the skin. We clip many Poms (in our shop) down to the skin and the next time they come for a clip down, they look just like they did the first time. I do think, however, that clipping doesn't really help with the heat. The coat is insulation against the heat & sun.

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Iris   Atlanta, GA

7/8/2008 10:32:11 PM

Excellent advice. Just what I do for my dogs.

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Vasco   Palm Springs, CA

4/18/2008 4:43:40 PM

I shave my miniature American Eskimo for the summer every year (he is 11 yrs old now). It's very hot in Palm Springs and he loves going in the pool. We are both very comfortable with this and I use a #7 blade around the end of May and sometimes a #4 in August. His hair grows back beatufully by December. We've never had any problems and never go out in the summer sun after 8 or 9 AM as it is already in the 90's. I think he looks adorable shaved and he is more active.

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Pat   St Louis, MO

8/3/2007 9:51:45 AM

I've aften wondered at why so many people feel the need to practically skin their dogs every summer to "make them feel cooler." Not only does the dog look stupid but sometimes I think it's an excuse to get out of brushing the dog. My Border Collie only sheds once a year--and for about six weeks in early to mid summer, she used to move in a constant cloud of hair. But I've found that daily brushing reduces that hair storm considerably.

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