8 Tips on How to Keep Dogs Cool in the Summer
1.) Water, Water and more water (Keep your dog hydrated!)
It is important to ensure your dogs has access to water at all times. You can put ice cubes in their water to help keep it nice and cold.
2.) Splash splash! Water fun time
A kiddie pool or supervised time in the river or lake can help keep your four legged friend cool. Please be mindful of high water levels and rapid river speeds and always read posted signs if an area is off limits. We normally go by the rule that if it isn’t safe or comfortable for a you it isn’t for your pets.
3.) Frozen treat!
We have a client who does this for her pets and we just love the idea. You can DIY them. Check out this great link HERE for more ideas.
4.) Cool spaces
You dog might like laying on cold tile or a nice spot close to a fan. You might even want to wet a towel and put it on the patio (in the shade) if they are going to be outside for a bit. Shade is key when trying to stay cool. We even have misters up in our backyard so when our critters are outside (or us) it helps bring down the temperature in the backyard.
5.) Protective Gear
We think about this in the ice but you can find doggie shoes for the heat also. Dog paws can burn quickly on the hot ground so keep them safe. We normally say if you put the back of your hand on the ground and it is to hot for you (for 3-5 seconds) it is to hot for the pads of their feet.
Cooling collars – we used these when we went to Europe (man did they help us) so why not get one for your four legged friend. You can find them in a wide variety of different sizes for all breed types. Check out this one on Amazon for ideas.
6.) Shade Shade Shade
If your dog is going to be outside – they better have shade. If you don’t have large trees you can set up an umbrella or little tent to provide some relief from the hot sun.
7.) Protecting them from the heat
Please don’t leave your dog in the car in the hot summer! It is important to adjust walking times to cooler parts of the day and to avoid hot asphalt (it can burn their little paws).
8.) Let your dog dig!
It might not be something you want in your yard BUT it does allow them to keep cool. If you don’t keep them cool they might resort to finding a way to keep themselves cool regardless.