Keeping my Great Pyr safe in hot weather

by Dianne Jarvis
(Laundry WV)

What is the best way to keep my dear Great Pyrenees safe, healthy and comfortable during a heat wave?

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Jul 12, 2017
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Grooming
by: Donna

This is from the magazine 'Dogs Naturally':

Double-coated breeds have two layers to protect against arctic weather. The long guard hairs form the outer layer and protect against snow or ice and even shed water. The soft undercoat lies close to the skin and keeps your dog warm and dry. In winter this undercoat can be so thick you may have trouble finding your dog’s skin.

In summer, your dog should shed his soft undercoat, leaving just the guard hairs. The job of the guard hairs in warm weather is to protect your dog from sunburn and insulate him against the heat. Without the undercoat, air can circulate through the guard hairs, cooling the skin.

Unlike single coated breeds, who have hair that just keeps growing, double coats grow to a certain length and don’t get any longer. So you can shave a single-coated breed down and the coat will grow back again without really changing it. But that’s not true for double coats.

Shaving a double-coated breed can really ruin the coat.

From me: Keep your dog well groomed so the air flows freely. Make sure he has fresh water at all times, a garden in which to dig into the cool earth (they love this), lots of shade and shelter from rain that may come his way.

Jul 13, 2017
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Common sence
by: Ed A. From NJ

Common sence and knowing your dog. Donna is right never cut there hair but daily brushing is cridical tou must keep that coat healthy and help them to get rid of the dead hair so that healthy coat can breath.lots of fresh water, shade and a nice fresh area to dig. When he is,not workinng aircobition is nice.

Aug 19, 2017
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The coat
by: Anonymous

We had someone at a pet store show us a rake brush she used it on our 4 month old Great Pyrenees and now a patch of his fur on his back is wavy like, I assume it took out the under coat that is soft and fluffy. Will this grow back?!?

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