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Help! It's Toby versus walking in the heat!

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I have a problem. Across the US, it has been ridiculously hot so I doubt I am the only person dealing with this, so I figured some of you guys would have some tips.

With the extreme heat in Florida (90-100 degrees plus 100% humidity, so heat index around 110 degrees), Toby is getting to the point where he doesn't want to walk for longer than a few minutes. He does 3, 1 hour walks a day during the week with me and 4, 1 hour walks on the weekends with my dad and I. Now, with the heat, he doesn't want to walk! He will literally turn around and try to walk home. That's not like him; heel was one of the first commands he mastered. He huffs and puffs constantly. We stop every 15-30 minutes depending on the time of day to give him water, but he has just lost all motivation to walk.

I worry about him not walking as much because he is extremely energetic and needs the energy outlet. But I don't want to torture him or anything either...

What do you guys think I should do? Should I keep walking with him, start doing more frequent, shorter walks, or what? Has anyone else dealt with this?
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We play games in the house all day long. He lovessss fetch. No matter what I am doing, he will bring his toy to me, I will throw it over and over again. For hours. Maybe I will up his play time and minimize his afternoon walk.
Toby is probably like Nilla. Her energy level is waaayy too much!! She does love to play fetch too, until my arms get sore. :D

I upped their playtime to compensate for the walk. It's just too hot outside. We chase each other around the house longer than usual. Hershey likes being chased and Nilla loves to chase me. That works for us all! :p
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