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You might be able to reverse that - have him out in the mornings and back inside for the rest of the afternoon. It depends of course on how quickly it heats up.
There's been times when I and my dogs have had to deal with heat waves (100 degrees) and no AC. Even though it was not as hot as AZ, it was certainly higher in humidity.
What helps is lots of good shade that is not near any sort of "heat island" (e.g. not near a large expanse of concrete/asphalt with long exposure to the baking sun), a wading pool, lots of cool, clean water to drink, an elevated cot (like this: [link]) and their own personal fan. My dogs (collies) vastly prefer cyclone floor fans.
During heat waves, we don't go for walks in the neighborhood unless it's very early in the morning or late in the day. Since I'm also experiencing the same heat, we are all pretty limp during the afternoons. They really like it when I toss ice cubes into the wading pool so they can bob for them.
You should look on amazon for these 'cots' for dogs they sell. It's like a metal frame with this mesh part that the dog lays on. We have 3 for my dog, he barely chewed on the edges before deciding it wasn't fun and leaving it alone. Much comfier than the floor, but not a waste of money the way beds are (with him anyway.)
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You could try those mesh elevated beds that are made for outdoors or in warm climates. They are supposed to be cool and breath well.
I think you may just need to stop giving her plush toys like u/alf3311 said. As for beds, you may just want to invest in a Kuranda bed ([link]) for your pup, which is a common dog bed people use if their dog destroys standard beds.
Thanks! It was very encouraging. Our discussion made me realize that there IS help out there, and that she doesn't have several of the behavior problems that would probably make me cry on a daily basis!
A few things he suggested (most of which was more obedience based):
Overall, I like the approach and I'm considering hiring him. He can help us get the obedience basics down first, so she is better set up for success once we see the behaviorist. I'm scheduling her evaluation with the behaviorist in about 4 weeks.
My vet recommended this for my rottie, he has hip displasia, being off the ground helps his old man bones. You can put the heated bed on top of it. I highly recommend this.
I don't have experience with them in regards to flees, but I bought a large one for my dog off Amazon when it was on sale (this one). He loves it. :) It is used daily, it is easy to clean.. We use it inside actually, but I'd buy one again and likely will for our outside area when we move.
where do you live that summer lasts until late November? I'd die, as it is summer from June to September is too much..
but anyway.. my dog is an indoor/outdoor dog, he comes and goes. He has a raised coolaroo bed and a box fan settled right next to it for maximum air flow. In the pre- and post-summer heat he has a metal tub outside which I put cold water in for him to dip himself in and cool off. In the middle of summer he is allowed to go in the pool with supervision, which he does, up to the second step.
Mostly he just stays indoors in the nice AC and sleeps on the cold ceramic tile floor in the dark bathroom in front of the vent.
I prolly went through 4 beds before I found one my little dude likes
apparently he likes a mix of soft and cooling, so I got an elavated bed and put a soft cover on it
My dogs love their hammock beds. As a matter of fact, every dog I've ever seen loves their hammock bed.
Edit: best part, they love them in the summer outside, and they hold up to the elements. If I'm leaving them out in the yard in the summer, I put these in the shade and they have a place to chill.
I second u/i_illustrate_stuff 's suggestion on the cot beds. The Kuranda dog beds are pretty much indestructible and I believe have a warranty on them. They are pricey, but you will indeed have it forevermore. Amazon has less expensive options such as this one that you might want to try first. I'm sure you can locate one that will fit inside her crate.
I would absolutely not recommend having her uncrated yet if she's still that unreliable. This should be worked up over time at a gradual pace (leaving for short periods, gradually increasing the duration). I'd try to always leave something fun for her to chew when left to keep her busy/hopefully less likely to focus on the bedding, but some will chew regardless.
in any case, we have this self-warming cot-style bed, and my greyhound (obviously the boniest of boney dogs) does really seem to enjoy it. He's not crated all the time, though he does have to wear his basket muzzle when left unsupervised as even at 10 years old, he still can find himself getting into trouble!
They have them on amazon. That's where I bought mine!
I recently picked up a cot-style dog bed that seems to be doing a decent job during the heat. The fabric on the Coolaroo one is a bit too rough for my boy's apparently delicate sensibilities, but I just draped a thin but soft towel over it and he napped quite comfortably even outside, in the 35C/95F heat. The extra airflow underneath them really helps regulate the temperature.
I got this one since mine is still a puppy, and I wasn't sure if he'd like it or not so didn't want to spend the extra money on top of the additional cost to get them in Canada, but the Kuranda beds are supposedly quite good quality, and the edges of the fabric are hidden within the frame so it's a lot harder to chew at. Now that I know mine likes it, once he's closer to adult size I plan to shell out the additional money to get him one of those with the Cordura fabric, since it's apparently the most similar to bed fabric, and mine quite likes to sleep on our bed.
Coolaroo Pet Bed
Got them from Amazon. The Original Elevated Pet Bed by Coolaroo [link]
We do not allow fake-spotting in our community as it allows in trolls. I understand your predicament in trying to get advice however. Can you tell me more about why you don't think the dog being in the kitchen is legal?
>(We live in no pet housing) I’m really struggling with my new roommate. This roommate has a “service dog”. It’s a lab. It pulls her wheelchair and pushed buttons and picks stuff up and she calls it her service dog.
If her dog is task trained, and these are tasks, and she is disabled, it is a service dog. If it's a service dog it doesn't matter if it's no pet housing. Her and her dog have a legal right to be there. Doesn't matter if you have allergies, fears, or just don't like dogs. Your own shortcomings don't take away from her rights; just as they still wouldn't if roles were reversed.
Your only options will be: (1) find a compromise you both agree on; (2) one of you concedes and let's the other have their way; (3) you move out early (don't do unless she and your landlord agree to that); (4) or, you offer cash for her keys. It's a legal way to encourage her to move out.
Everything she is doing sounds perfectly legal, even if it might annoy and disgust you. If you try to have her kicked out or throw her out it would be considered an illegal eviction and you could owe $$$$$ to her for breaking the law. Unless she's breaking the lease, which isn't the case here, unless there's more to the story, there's no other options here. It sounds like you all aren't compatible roommates.
Edit: I hope I don't come across as I'm attacking you. That's not my intention as I truly want to help. I did want to add that she's almost certainly entirely within her rights to have the dog close to her in case of emergency. The dog needs to be able to do its job, as it's the entire purpose it's there in the house with her.
I'm not sure if the hair is a problem, but that's what I'm assuming for now. I've taught my dog he can only shake on queue to avoid releasing a ton of hair into the air. We make sure to do it outside or away from anything you don't want hair in/on. Maybe you could split the cost of a cheap dog bed or mat to keep the hair off the floor. I'm case you aren't aware, they make Elevated Dog Beds that works technically even keep the dog off of the floor. If that's still not enough, there's even these dog-onesies to help keep the hair on the dog. The last one night be hard to convince her of, being as it wouldn't be fun to have to make the dog to put it on the dog to just make dinner, nor would it be fair to make the dog wear it all the time. I hope these suggestions help. If not, let me know what you are looking for to make the situation better.
I think it's okay if the bed is plush and warm. The main thing is that the dog goes cheerfully and stays there until they are released. If you do some googling, you'll find a lot of resource on this topic - how to teach it and the different ways you can use it to help manage problem behaviors.
I actually don't use a mat, I use a raised dog bed (the criteria of "stay on this thing" is a bit easier to teach on a raised bed).
For the lure vs. reward, "bribery vs. reward" probably would've been a better description for me to use. I unfortunately don't have time to type out a full response on the topic, but here's are a link that speak to what I'm referencing
Bribery vs Rewards
Setting up you're training so that you're consistently rewarding instead of bribing -- and practicing it in lots of places -- will get you much better training results, and will help break the "will only work if you show me food" habit.
I have three beagles. They have gotten better, but I still can't get a dog pillow to last more than a month or so. I bought one of these beds about a month ago and not so much as a scratch on it. I think they really liked pulling the stuffing out of pillows and since there is no stuffing on this one, they aren't overly motivated to chew.
Edit: I'm on mobile. Worried the link did not post properly. Here you go, just in case
The Original Elevated Pet Bed By Coolaroo - Large Brunswick Green [link]
What about this sort of elevated dog bed?
My miniature Aussie sleeps on a coolaroo. He loves it.