10 Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe and Cool This Summer

10 Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe and Cool This Summer

by The Online Dog Trainer

The summer heat can be dangerous for dogs! In order to keep your pup safe this season, we recommend doing the following 10 things:

#1 – Always Have Drinking Water Available for Your Dog.

In order to stay cool, dogs will pant. When dogs pant, they lose a lot of water from their mouths and noses. This can quickly lead to dehydration.

Make sure that you always have a fresh bowl of water available so your dog can keep hydrated and cool down.

#2 – Bring Your Dog for a Swim.

Most dogs love the water! Not to mention, a trip to the beach, lake, or river is a great way for your pup to get outside, enjoy the fresh air, and cool down.

If it’s hot outside, take your pup for a swim. Even if he just dips his paws in the water, it’s enough to help him cool down on a hot day.

If you know your dog doesn’t care for swimming, consider trying a garden sprinkler for 5 minutes to cool your dog down.

#3 – Ensure Your Dog Has Shade.

Nobody enjoys sitting out under the hot sun for long periods of time—including your dog! If you’re outside with your dog, be sure that he has access to shady areas.

A little shade along with a cool breeze will help keep your pup from overheating or becoming dehydrated.

#4 – Get Your Dog Shaved.

If you have a dog with long, thick hair and live in a hot climate, consider getting her shaved. For example, dogs like huskies have simply not yet evolved to the point that they can relax in the Arizona summers.

Going to a groomer might be slightly expensive. But, many groomers will also clean your dog’s ears, give your dog a bath, and clip your dog’s nails as part of a grooming package.

On top of everything, knowing that your dog is safe and comfortable is always worth every penny!

#5 – Avoid Walking Your Dog on Hot Pavement.

During the summer months, paved surfaces can heat up to extreme temperatures. In fact, a piece of pavement that’s over 100 degrees can easily burn your pup’s paw pads.

Be mindful of where you’re walking your dog.

If you must walk on paved surfaces, wait until the evening when things cool down. If your dog needs to be walked during the day, stick to grassy areas or purchase booties for your dog’s feet.

#6 – Simply Stay Inside.

On days when temperatures are peaking in the 90s and 100s, it’s often best just to stay inside—aside from potty breaks, of course. There’s no sense in running your dog around outside and putting him at risk of overheating. Dogs can literally run themselves into a state of exhaustion.

Put your dog’s safety first and stay inside with the air conditioning.

#7 – Don’t Leave Your Dog in a Car.

It doesn’t matter if you’re only running a 15-minute errand. Don’t ever leave your dog in a hot car.

It only takes a few minutes for the summer heat to pose a serious risk for your pup. And the convenience of leaving your pooch in a car for a few minutes is never worth the chance of your dog suffering from heat stroke or suffocating.

We know your dog likely loves car rides. But, in the summer, it’s often best to just leave your pup at home as it’s safe and cool.

#8 – Keep a Kiddie Pool with Fresh Water in Your Backyard.

If you have a backyard, setting up a kiddie pool for your pup is a fun way to help keep him cool. Not only can your dog take a dip and cool off, but the pool can also act as a large freshwater drinking bowl for when your pup needs to hydrate.

The best part…kiddie pools are only $15 or less. They are an inexpensive way to keep your pup cool and hydrated all summer!

Tip: Some dogs prefer ice to water. If your dog is not interested in swimming, try filling your kiddie pool with a few bags of ice. Most dogs have a great time rolling around in the cool ice cubes!

#9 – Ensure Your Dog Is Drinking Enough.

Having fresh water available to your pup 24/7 is a must. However, it’s also important to ensure your dog is drinking enough. If you notice your dog is hot, but has no interest in drinking water, try the following things…

  1. Make sodium-free chicken broth ice cubes for your pup to eat.
  2. Soak his dry food in water.

#10 – Consult Your Vet If You Believe Your Dog Is Overheated.

It’s always better to be safe than sorry. If you notice that your dog:

  • Is breathing rapidly
  • Has glazed eyes
  • Has a dark red tongue
  • Is showing signs of unusual weakness
  • Experiences a seizure
  • Is drooling excessively

…take him to the vet immediately.

Wishing you and your dog a fun and safe summer! 


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