Ways to Keep Your Dogs Cool this SummerMon, May 13, 2013,
Now that we’re well into May, the weather is really starting to heat up. While we may be hot, imagine how your dog feels, covered in fur! We all want to make sure that our pups are comfortable and happy, so we’ve compiled a list of some great ways to help you keep your dog cool this summer.
Lots of water: of course this should go without saying, but make sure that your dog always has access to fresh, cool water at all times. This means changing their water dish regularly, or if they’re outside you can make sure that they a running water system.
Make sure there’s shade: if your dog is spending long periods of time outside it is crucial that there is access to shade. If your property does not have shady spots then you can hang a tarp to create a shaded space.
Give your pooch a kiddie pool: a kiddie pool not only provides a source of water but it also lets them splash around and cool off. But make sure that it is placed in the shade, or the water will get warm and uncomfortable.
Limit your dog’s time outside: at the height of the summer your dog’s outdoor time can be too much for them. Avoid walking your dog in the afternoon (mornings and evenings are best) and take some cues from them. If they seem to not want to go outside don’t force them.
Never leave your dog in a hot car: absolutely, under no circumstances, should you leave your dog in a hot car. Cracking a window does not make it okay, “it’s only for a minute” is never okay. Every year there are incidents, don’t let it happen to you.
Remember, we love the warm weather in the summer, but under the wrong circumstances it can be too much for our beloved dogs. Be conscientious, and enjoy the summer!