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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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Toby is obviously telling you that 3 one hour walks a day in this heat is too much. You give him plenty of exercise, he will be fine if you cut some of it out until it cools down. I don't know if you mean a walk for exercise or you let him outside for an hour on leash. I can't take Chloe out for more than about 30 min, but we power walk very fast for exercise. I don't know how you even get him to walk that much! I don't mean this in a mean way because I know you're a great chi mom, but I think getting Toby out for 3 hours a day in 100 degree weather is a little cruel. I know you are only trying to do what's best for him, but I think you should listen to his body language. It is too much for him. It's great that you spend so much time with him, and I think that it would be fine to go back to that much exercise once it's cooled down.
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I don't see how you were doing it! It's so hot here that you almost feel like you're dying just walking to the car. It shows that you're a great mom for even trying! I think the idea of walking in the pet store is great. It's so funny how all of our dogs are so different. It's har enough getting Chloe to go on a 30 min walk a few times a week.
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