Best Dog Beds For Summer That Stay Cool & Ventilated



If you want the best dog bed for summer that is going to stay cool or ventilated, there’s a few options you have:

  • Elevated outdoor dog beds
  • Self cooling or cooling dog mats and pads
  • Dog beds infused with gel

Each dog bed looks a bit different and can be used for different purposes.

With this guide, we aim to quickly and simply summarise what the different beds do so you can quickly work out which one might be best for yours and your dog’s needs.

As a side note, there are also cooling coats for dogs that you might be interested in looking at.

Let’s get to the beds!


(NOTE: this is a general guide only. It is not professional advice. For professional advice, see a veterinarian or a qualified animal professional)


Best Dog Beds For Summer That Stay Cool & Ventilated

Outside Elevated and Raised Dog Beds

Affordable Options

Mid To Higher Priced Options


Self Cooling or Cooling Dog Mats and Pads


Cooling Gel Infused Dog Beds


Let’s take a look at the features, pros and cons of each of these dog beds as summer dog beds:


1. Elevated and Raised Outdoor Dog Beds

We’ve already written about the benefits and disadvantages of elevated/raised beds as dog beds compared to other dog bed types as options.

Specifically when used as a summer dog bed, an elevated dog bed is:

  • Raised – so you get ventilation going under the fabric that your dog sleeps on that you wouldn’t get with a mattress bed that is on the ground
  • The fabric is light and permeable – so your dog’s fur will have a lighter material to sleep on than say a mircrosuede or denim or cotton type dog bed fabric.

Additionally, these beds can be used outside, and there are heavy duty chew resistant models that are good for more destructive dogs.


2. Self Cooling Or Cooling Dog Mats

These are nylon cushion type mats and pads with self cooling gel inside that should provide cooling relief for up to 3 hours at a time. 

After 3 hours of use, it automatically recharges in just 15-20 minutes of non-use.

They can be used inside or outside.

Some people think they don’t do a whole lot, while some people think they definitely benefit their dog either on a bed, in a crate, in a dog house or just on the floor.

If you want to read more about them, you can do so here:


3. Cooling Dog Beds With Gel

The manufacturers of some dog beds place what they describe as cooling gel layers inside their dog beds.

This layer is supposes to do two things – soothe joints, and act as a cooling layer for a dog’s body.

How effective this layer is at doing either of those things can be subjective, but you probably don’t want to rely on just this layer if you are looking for a real cooling effect.

You might combine them with a cooling mat and/or a fan to keep your dog cool, in addition to keeping them in cool conditions.

If you want to read more about them, you can do so here:


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