Some hot weather is finally upon us!
After a long, cold winter, we’ve been looking forward to some t-shirt-wearing, sun-screen slopping, cold-drink-sipping time on the back deck. At long last, a few of these lazy, steamy days have arrived.
But just because we love this type of weather doesn’t mean that days like this are a top pick for our dogs. While Juno is fair game for hitting the great outdoors in virtually any type of weather, she’s not the greatest fan of the higher temperatures. She certainly charges outside with her usual gusto, but after a few minutes in temperatures higher than 24 C, she becomes a dragging, droopy, sluggish form of her typical self.
So, in view of oncoming high temperatures and (the northern hemisphere’s) summer season, we’ve put together a list of ideas for helping to keep dogs cool when it’s anything but outside.
17 Ways To Keep Your Dog Cool This Summer
(We’ll keep ’em brief – you’ve probably got some shade you’d like to get back to.)
1. Lots of fresh water to drink – inside, outside, on walks, in the car, everywhere
2. Regular brushing to help with the shedding process as the weather warms up
3. A tiled or non-carpeted floor to lie on
4. A cooler basement to hang out in
5. Ice cube snacks – ice cubes are a favourite snack for Juno, plus they’re fun (for dogs) to chase around a kitchen floor
6. Cool, wet towels to lie on – these are great for apartment balconies or backyards
7. Air conditioning – either in the house or pre-cooling your car before taking your dog for a ride. Cars are notoriously hot in the sun, and dangerous places for dogs to be, for any length of time.
8. Wipe-downs with cool towels or face cloths – another favourite for Juno, especially before bed on a hot night
9. A small fan for an in-house breeze
10. An open window at night when the temperatures drop – Juno loves sleeping under open windows when the cooler breezes are blowing in
11. Swimming – backyard pool, plastic doggy pool, local lake, rivers, streams – provided they’re safe, clean and suitable for swimming, many dogs love to swim
13. Closing the blinds or curtains to minimize extra heat from direct sunlight
14. Going for shorter, more frequent walks
15. Relaxing in the cool grass or in the shade of a park
16. Walking on grass and in forests instead of on hot surfaces like concrete or asphalt. Not only is pavement hot on dog paws, but dogs are also susceptible to the extra heat reflecting off its surface – dogs are a lot closer to the ground than we are!
17. Staying aware of our dogs’ limits and being in tune with signs that they may need a break from the heat. Dogs don’t always know when to stop and they need us to tell them.
Prevention of over-heating is always a better option than dealing with a heat-related emergency like sunburn, heat stroke or heat exhaustion, sore paws, or dehydration.
We wish all dog lifestyle enthusiasts sunny, active, and healthy summers full of hot days and cool dogs!
How do you keep your dogs cool in the summer? We’d love to hear your ideas.
Also, check out our follow-up post on hot weather, older dogs, and exercise.
And, as always, thanks for reading. We’re glad to have you with us.