Dogs in the Desert
One of the most frequently asked question we get is how samoyeds do living in the desert. To be honest, the issues faced by sams are the same as for any dog owner that lives in the desert - long summers with temperatures too hot for the dogs to do anything outside for much of the day. In some ways, the sams have an advantage because their coats help insulate them from the heat - though this in no way means they (or any dog, in my opinion) are suited to anything other than short potty breaks during the worst of the summer heat.
For a good portion of the year (roughly September through June) you can still get at least a 20-30 minute walk in as long as you do it around sunrise. July and August we mostly limit to hanging out in the backyard early in the morning, with the sliding glass door cracked enough that the sams have access to the house and water as desired. It is also possible to drive 1.5 to 2 hours to Prescott, Sedona or Flagstaff for a day trip to escape the heat - or make a nice weekend trip to CA and enjoy the coast :)
Other options for keeping your sam happy include nosework - if you want specific book and online course recommendations please contact us, but an internet search will help get you started. A dog's sense of smell is much more acute than a person's and we've found teaching them games that play to that ability is something they really enjoy. It is also a great activity for senior dogs because the nose stays strong throughout their lives, and it is easy to adjust nosework to accomodate a senior's needs.
There are a lot of great strength building and body awareness exercises you can do. We are not trained in veterinary medicine so cannot recommend specific exercises, but encourage you to search for canine fitness, canine Pilates, etc classes in your community. There is also a canine conditioning group available on Facebook. There are some online courses too. Body awareness is a great thing to work on because it is the foundation for so many dog sports.