10 Ways To Keep Your Dog Cool In The Heat, Or In Summer

Below, we list various ways to potentially keep your dog cool in the heat, or in the summer months.

These tips apply to the home, and also outside, such as on walks, or even in the car.


(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)

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1. Make Sure Your Dog Always Has Access To Water To Drink

At home, you want to make sure your dog always has access to water to drink.

This is usually in the form of a water bowl that you re-fill regularly.

On walks in hotter weather, you may also use taps or fountains to give your dog some water. Bringing a water bottle to do this may also help.


2. Leave Your Dog Inside Instead Of Outside When You Leave The House

In hotter weather, it can be much cooler inside the house compared to outside.

When going to work or leaving the house for longer periods, it may help keep your dog cool to leave them inside the house.


3. Make Sure There Is Shade & Cool Areas For Your Dog To Sit Or Lay Outside At Home

Where dogs are spending time outside in hotter weather, make sure there is adequate shade and cool areas for your dog to sit or lay.

This includes areas that are covered from direct sun exposure, and also surfaces that are cool enough (and not too hot) for your dog to sit or lay on.


4. Walk Or Exercise Your Dog Later In The Day, Or When The Sun Goes Down 

In summer, it can be much cooler later in the day when the sun has gone and the temperature has dropped.

Going for walks later in the day as opposed to the middle of the day may help keep dogs cool on walks.


5. Be Mindful Of Too Much Exercise, Or Too Intensive Exercise On Hotter Days

Additionally, keeping walks shorter or less intensive on hotter weather may help some types of dogs, such as dogs with thicker fur/coats, or dogs with breathing challenges, to keep cooler and not overheat.


6. Cool Your Dog’s Body Down With Water, Or Let Your Dog Play In Water

There’s various potential ways to do this:

– Put a bucket or two of water on your dog at home


– Gently and briefly hose your dog’s coat at home


– Go to a local lake or river (as long as it’s clean and safe) and let your dog play or swim in it


– Go to the local beach, and let your dog play or swim in it


– If you have an in-ground pool at home, let your dog swim or bathe in it


– Consider an inflatable or portable pool


7. Consider A Dog Cooling Mat

Cooling mats are one type of cooling product available for dogs.

A dog can lay on the mat, which is supposed to be designed to provide a cooling effect.


8. Consider A Dog Cooling Vest

Cooling vests are another type of cooling product for dogs.

A dog wears the vest, which is designed to provide cooling to the dog’s body.


9. Don’t Leave Your Dog Inside Your Car Alone

Leaving your dog alone in a car on a hot day for any period of time can put them at risk.

When travelling in the car on a hot day with your dog, make sure it’s cool enough for them, and don’t leave them in the hot car when you get to your destination and park the car.


10. Other Miscellaneous Ways Of Cooling Your Dog

There might be other miscellaneous ways of cooling a dog down in hotter weather.

One example might be making sure a dog’s dog house is cool to sleep in or lay in.




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