I live in Georgia and have a Bernese who is 10 months old. She stayed inside as a puppy during the summer but loves outside in winter. Her coat was all over my house during the summer. I noticed a summer post you were talking about shaving the coat for summer. Did you ever do that? If so, how did it work out? I need all the help I can get. My dog will be miserable as she cant stand to be hot. She loves outside though. Hope to hear back from you !!!!