I currently live in San Diego and would like to move to Las Vegas in the coming years. One issue I have is how HOT it will be in Nevada and Butters's ability to function/live in such a hot environment. So I'm reaching out to fellow Corgi owners who live in hot states like Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and maybe even Texas. Although Vegas Corgis would be the best because it's the exact location I want to go, any hot weather advice would be appreciate. So I'm wondering the following:
How well does your Corgi handle the hot weather?
Do you shave him/her for the summer? (I've never shaved Butters)
Do you take him/her outside for walks and dog park ballie time? (Butters goes insane at the park and gets super hot even in San Diego)
For Vegas, Corgi lovers, are there any Corgi meetup groups?
Any advice for super hot weather for my boy?
In the end, I'm really hoping to be able to bring Butters with me so I'd appreciate any of your experiences raising a Corgi in such extreme heat environments. Thank you.
I will let others answer your specific questions as I don't live in those areas, but I used to breed Alaskan Malamutes and was leery when someone wanted to buy a pup from me and lived in Florida, which is not only hot but also so very humid..... Turns out they had just lost a Malamute they'd had at that same home for 12 years, so I sold them the pup, who lived to a ripe old age and they have had two more since, all happy and long lived. Moral of the story, you just have to learn how to manage Butters under the circumstances and all will be just fine and Butters will be more than willing and able to come with you. Good advanced planning!!
Search shaving a Corgi, there are several discussions on MyCorgi.
I live in CA and it's pretty hot here in the central valley. We've had 106+ degree days and the nights are in the high 70's. It's supposed to be 109 degrees on Wednesday. Yeeeaah I think it's hot here.....so, I guess I would say it totally depends on your dog and how well they handle the heat.
My red boy, since he was a puppy, hates the heat. From May onwards, he's DONE with walks. He stays inside where I have the AC on and he sleeps on the tile floors in the kitchen. I just let him out to do his business and that's it. He doesn't go outside in the heat to play or anything like that. I've even tried bribing him with a kiddie pool in the past. Didn't work. Whereas my black-headed tri, he's not phased at all by the heat. He don't care. He could walk in the sun on 100+ degree days and not even pant. Although, he doesn't like the cold but, my red boy LOVES the cold. Each dog is different.
I would agree that each dog is different. I know that right now, we walk early in the morning and late in the afternoon to ensure Nutmeg doesn't get overheated on her walks. And we live in a warmer part of the San Francisco Bay Area.
If you do make the move, and Butters moves with you, you might want to investigate those little doggie shoes to protect feet from the hot asphalt/concrete. I have a friend who lives in Arizona and their dog (different breed) wears those protective shoes even to go out to do her business. The ground is just too hot. It took a bit of getting used to the shoes, but she does fine with them now. They also tried different brands of the shoes and the expensive ones work best and have lasted the longest.
I live in Las Vegas. Right now, it is really, really hot. Yesterday was 114 which is about 10 degrees higher than average. Tucker and Redford spend the morning in the back yard which gets afternoon sun and the afternoons in the garage (with a swamp cooler). I can't keep them in the house because one of them (not sure who) sometimes pees in the house and i don't want to crate them for hours. My vet says to keep them in if it is 105 or higher.
I do not shave them. We go out early in the morning for a walk. The big challenge is that the pavement gets very hot during the day and i don't think it cools off enough at night for their pads. A friend of mine is going to try a waxy paste for his Chihuahua's paws so they can do afternoon walks. I'm not sold on the idea.
There is a meetup group: Las Vegas Corgis (we're on Facebook and meetup.com). In the past couple of years, we've done a summer meetup at Lake Mead which is really fun. We're always looking for new events and new people.
The advice for hot weather-indoors during the day and outdoor fun early morning and evening. Lots and lots of water-I've got bowls of water everywhere and sometimes load up the big dispenser jug with ice.
Thank you! What part of LV do you live in? I'd like to move to Summerlin - it's down the freeway from Downtown, where my office would be. Henderson would be nice too, but my commute would be much longer and on the 15 past the Strip. Do you know if there are any good doggie daycare options in Summerlin or the vicinity?
I'm in the Northwest-not too far from Summerlin. I use Just Like Home Doggy Daycare and Hotel for daycare, boarding and grooming. They're at Decatur and Lake Mead. I like them because they have outside and inside space. They have video feeds so you can check on the dogs. Before Tucker was neutered, i could put all three boys in a private room. The owners seem to know their regular customers (and their dogs) well. The owners do St. Bernard rescue so there is usually one roaming around.
Friends of mine like Hot Diggity Dog at Cheyenne and Buffalo. They don't have outdoor space, but they do have a corgi for a mascot. My friends like them because their dog is anti-social so she can have a private room. I have used their self-wash and liked it.
Awesome tips, thank you!
A lot depends on the dog. I have a fluffy corgi that also seems to be heat intolerant. We often have hot humid weather here in AL so I do have him clipped. They can get sunburned if shaved but when it is hot, I have Randy's hair cut to 1/8" so he has some hair all over his body. When it is short, he runs and plays and when it gets long, he lays around and pants. His hair grows back fairly quickly. We do have grass in our back yard and it isn't to hot for the feet out there. Those special shoes/boots might be a good idea. Good luck if you make the move.
oooohhhhh lemme tell you about hotter than a three-dollar cookstove!!!! It's been 110 here day after excruciating day. A few days lately have been over 115.
a) No, not a chance can you take your dog out in this kind of heat. Corgis aren't built for it. And any dog can easily succumb to heat stroke if you exercise the animal in inland desert heat.
b) Don't shave the dog. The fur serves as insulation and actually helps to protect against the heat.
c) Please don't leave your dog outdoors or in any un-air-conditioned space in this heat. In some municipalities that is regarded as animal abuse and will get you arrested; in others, it should be so. And NEVER leave your dog inside a car, even for a couple of minutes. That means running inside a Circle K to grab a soda is too long.
d) Sidewalks and asphalt are scorching hot in the daytime and can remain uncomfortably hot well after sundown. In the summertime, I walk Cassie & Ruby through the shadiest part of the 'hood AFTER 9:00 p.m. or BEFORE 5:30 a.m. Morning is best, because in July the heat near the ground may not subside enough until way, way late at night.
e) Provide a lot of water. I have an extra-large bowl; when Charlie the Golden Retriever comes over, I add a second large bowl of water. They'll consume it in a matter of hours. Be sure to keep the water bowl topped off.
But otherwise...heh...it's a dry heat. ;-)
Thank you for your insight. It would seem Butters would have to spend A LOT o f time inside alone while I'm at work or go to daycare and dog park trips he loves may have to be saved for the non-summer months even at nighttime - he goes after the ballie very, very hard and is usually falling over tired/panting within 20 minutes even here in San Diego.
Even with the AC banging away nonstop, it's hot in the house. Both dogs usually spend about 99 percent of the daylight hours zonked out on the floor. We walked over to the park at about 7 this morning -- a little late, but it was a cool morning. Only about a hundred degrees. :-/ This is the first day I've been well enough to take them out since the latest little medical emergency, and they've done find. They go out in the yard and race around for a few minutes in the a.m. and then come in for the Big Loaf.
Be careful with the ball-chasing in extreme heat. I carry a bottle of water with one of those nipple lids. If the dog seems to be getting hot, drip water on his head and get his head, ears, and neck good and wet. This will cool him down fairly quickly. The brain is what's especially vulnerable to the heat.
I've never had any luck getting a pointy-nosed dog to drink out of one of those water bottles the way a retriever will. So I carry a metal Sierra cup with me (very old: don't even know if they're still available). You can hook it on your belt; it's wide and shallow and works perfectly as a portable doggie bowl. They also make fold-up dog bowls now.