“8 Ways to Keep Your Dog Cool (and Safe) This Summer!” by LINDSAY SACCO

If you’re an East Coast resident, you have had your winter coats, gloves, hats, boots and wool sweaters in your closets for way too long.

Finally, after a long winter, the sun is shining, the flip-flops are coming out, and you actually want to be outside!

While some dogs love frolicking in the snow, my dog would rather hide under a blanket. He takes one look outside, turns to me with that “Are you kidding me?” look, and runs back to the couch.

He lives for the summer, as your dog probably does.  They love lying under the sun, swimming in the lake, and trying to steal hot dogs from the grill.

That may all sound well and good, but as the temperatures rise, their tolerance for heat decreases. Here are 8 tips to keeping your dog safe and having fun.

  1. Test The Pavement: As the heat rises, so does the concrete temperature. While we have protective footwear, dogs do not. Their paw pads do protect, but only to a certain extent. Take your hand and put it on the pavement. If you can’t hold it there for at least five seconds, it is too hot for your dog.
  2. Pay Attention to the Time of Day: The middle of the day typically tends to be when it’s the highest temperature outside. Try to take your dog out in the early morning or early evening, when it’s a lot cooler.
  3. Pay Attention to Breathing: Certain breeds, like Pugs or Boston Terriers that have short snouts, and have trouble breathing, especially when it’s hot outside. If you find your dog is breathing heavily, take them inside and put some cool towels on their bodies to bring down their temperature.
  4. Dogs can lounge poolside too. Kiddie pools aren’t just for toddlers! Get your dog a kiddie pool they can cool off in! Add a couple of durable, floating toys, and they’ll be amused for hours!
  5. Naptime is “Cool” Again. Does your dog like napping in the sun? Get this cooling mat, which is breathable, durable and washable. They’ll love the cool air flowing as they dream about chasing squirrels.
  6. Keep your Dog Hydrated! This may seem like an obvious thing to do, but it’s easy to forget when you’re playing fetch or hiking a long trail. Make sure you have enough water for you and your dog, Here’s a great product that can hold both water and food, with an attachable bowl when they’re thirsty. Put some ice cubes in it to make it even colder.
  7. Make some frozen dog treats! They’re healthy, tasty, and of course, cool! Here are some great dog treat ideas: https://www.rover.com/blog/homemade-dog-treats-freezer-summer/
  8. When in doubt wait. You know your dog, and how long they can tolerate heat. Make the best judgment. If it seems too hot outside, it probably is. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

I hope this helps! Have a “Paws-itively” Awesome Summer!