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Old 07-15-2004, 12:47 PM
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Default Help settle dog Igloo debate

I leave in south central New Mexico and a debate has come up as to wheather a dog Igloo is adequate shelter. The dog has shade until 1030 am and gets more shade after 3 pm.
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Old 07-15-2004, 04:42 PM
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i'm sure it gets really hot in new mexico (my cousin actually goes to new mexico university- she got a full scholarship for swimming) so i should think your dog would want some kind of protection from the sun. whenever i go outside to bring my dog in she's always lying in the dirt under the stairs because it's cooler there. i'm not an expert on what kind of protection igloos give- maybe you'd want something with more ventilation? i'm not really aware of what other options there are, just a thought! hope that helps!
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Old 07-15-2004, 04:57 PM
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In that climate a dog needs shade throughout the day. You can make a shade directly over the dog's area by using the same material that plant nurseries use to set up shaded areas for their shade-loving plants.

I'd also want my dog to have a shelter that was elevated off the ground so that air circulated underneath, and it wouldn't hurt to have a roof that had some ventilation under the eaves to let the hot air escape.

Any kind of enclosed house - like an igloo - is going to accumulate the dog's own body heat since there is no way for it to escape. If you stop and think about the climate where humans build igloos to live in, using one to escape hot weather just doesn't make any sense.

Most dogs who spend time outdoors in the summer usually appreciate a child's wading pool full of water, too, and it's great fun to watch them play and cavort and just generally enjoy the water.
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