Recently, I was unable to attend the Doggie Street Festival because it was too hot out. At first I was really bummed because my mom, Kari and Max got to go while I was stuck at home. My dad explained to me that I get miserable and cranky in the summer heat and that the festival is an all-day event which is not a good combination for a Bulldog! While I was at home enjoying the AC, I started thinking about summer and how a lot of us dogs love to play outdoors despite the heat. If your dog prefers to play outside rather than stay indoors with the AC (crazy dogs), there are still plenty of ways to keep your dog cool despite the heat.
Remember that we dogs cannot cool ourselves the same way as you humans do. We sweat a little through our paw pads, but the main way we cool off is by panting. Unfortunately, panting is not enough when it is extremely hot and humid. Summer dog safety is no joke, and it’s up to you (our pet parents) to make sure we dogs stay cool and comfortable. Here are some suggestions to keep us cool in the heat of summer:
Fresh, Cool Water
It is essential that you keep fresh, cool water available for us dogs at all times. We prefer you keep the water dish in a shady location and change the water frequently. You wouldn’t want to drink old, warm water, would you? Well we wouldn’t either.
Shelter from the Sun
We might enjoy a little sunbathing (I definitely do), but we ultimately need a cool, shady spot to relax. Remember that dogs can sunburn too. While sunscreen is available for us, it is not ideal. Of course, the best solution is to provide us some shelter from the sun whether it is a tree for shade or a dog house. Naturally, my preference is to be inside with the AC on!
If you have a water dog, consider getting a kiddie pool for your yard. This is always a great hit with us but beware of the inflatable kind! It is always smart to supervise us dogs around water; you never know what could happen. Sprinklers are also great fun and a good option to beat the heat. Some dogs love to chase the spray. I prefer the less active option of the pool, but the sprinklers are cool too!
Cooling Dog Beds
While a dog bed is nice and comfy, in the summer heat it can get to be too warm. You might have noticed that the cool tile in the kitchen becomes one of our favorite spots as the heat rises. Another alternative to try are the dog cooling mats. Max tried one out at the Doggie Festival this weekend and it worked like a charm. In fact, he said that all the dogs were lined up to use his at the festival. What a product endorsement!