How to Keep a Dog Cool

Beat the summer heat! Incorporate some fun dog cooling activities and habits to keep your pet cool this summer.

The groundhog didn’t see his shadow, and we all know what that means…summer is upon us! While your mind automatically springs to pools and trips to the beach, you also should be thinking of your furry friend! Dogs can overheat in the summer sun just like any human can, and overheating can lead to heatstroke. So help your pooch stay cool this summer with a few habits and a fun activities!

Dogs have a much more difficult time keeping themselves cool than their owners do. This results in dogs becoming overheated quite easily. Let’s face it, if you were covered in a fur coat, you wouldn’t do so well either! With this in mind, always keep fresh, cool water out for your dog to drink. Water left outside can become warm in the sun’s glare, so be sure to change it a couple times a day. Also, if your dog mainly lives outside, create a shady spot or cool place for your pet to lay during the hottest hours of the day. That is typically about midday.

I have a Labrador Retriever and a Labrador/Terrier mix, and they are particularly fond of a certain activity during the summer: diving for ice cubes. What we do is set up a plastic kiddie pool, fill it with water and dump a pitcher of ice cubes in it. The dogs love it! And it is a fun way for them to exercise while staying cool.

Do you have any tips on how to keep dogs cool? Share with us in the comments!

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