Myth #3: You should clip down thick coats in the summer.
This myth is easy to swallow because a big, heavy, thick dog coat just looks so hot. But think again. Unlike that fleece or down jacket you wear in the winter, a dog's coat is more like a temperature regulator than a heat insulator. It not only keeps your dog warmer in winter, but also keeps him cooler in summer. You wouldn't want to go naked in the desert. You'd want a layer of clothing to protect your skin. That's just what your dog's coat does. Of course, if you aren't willing to keep up with good grooming, go ahead and shave your dog down. A clipped coat is better than an unkempt, matted long coat, in any weather.
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