Well, we made it! We made it through the cold winter, through the spring, and now, we're past Memorial Day Weekend which means it's basically summer!
Making it through the winter might not be that exciting for you, but for us here in Massachusetts, that's quite the accomplishment.
But with the summer comes the hot, hot sun. Which is a blessing... and a curse! Take our boy Scout for example. He's a Mini Aussie who is obsessed, and I mean obsessed, with the sun. No matter if it's 70 degrees or 100 degrees, he wants to be out there getting in his vitamin D time. But that also means that we need to keep constant attention on him to make sure he isn't getting too warm. After all, he does have a really nice fur coat on at all times. It can get pretty warm with the sun's rays beating down on him.
So how do we do that? How do you keep your dog cool in the summer time? Especially when they're fully content with taking in the summer heat? Here are five ways that you can make sure your dog is cool, and safe, during the year's hottest months.
I'm going to get this one out of the way right now. The obvious one is to make sure they're hydrated with some ice cold water. So I'm not going to include that one in the list but that's just something you should always do.
1. Take your dogs favorite toys, and stick them in the freezer
This works for a lot of rubber toys including Kongs. The great thing about Kongs is that you can also stick something tasty in there too, like peanut butter, that will also work as a little icy treat.
A lot of dogs can't get enough of their toys, especially ones they can chew on. This keeps them cool without them even needing to think about it. But they also sell toys that are made specifically for freezing too. There's a ton of them that you can find on Amazon.
2. Buying a child sized pool for the yard
This is one that we are absolutely doing for Scout this summer. Scout's never been a huge fan of swimming, but if he can stand in the water, he will 10 out of 10 times. This past weekend we went to a place in Boston called Castle Island where there's a beach that runs along it. We made sure to walk Scout along the water and without hesitation, on this hot day, he walked right in and chose to walk through it as long as he could. And he's a small dog. So getting him a child sized pool gives him the chance to be in the water without needing to swim.
A ton of dogs love being in the water. So this is a great one that you can do with a pup of any size. Just fill it up with the hose and bam, you have an area for your dog to cool off. Plus, for a little added bonus, you can spray your dog down with the hose, too. For some reason, a lot of our pups love that.
3. Give them a damp towel to lay with
Whether it be a bath towel for big dogs, or a tiny dish towel for our little friends, this is an excellent way to cool them down, especially if they're laying down.
Scout is only 13 pounds, so a dish towel works perfect for him. All you need to do is soak the towel in cool water, and ring it out so it doesn't drip everywhere. From there, you can drape it over your dog to cool them down. It's sort of like a blanket, but for the opposite effect!
4. Dip their paws in water
This one works great if you're in a pinch.
Dogs sweat through the glands on their paws. So by taking their paws and dipping them in water, you're helping them cool off relatively quickly. This one is so important to keep note of because you can use it quickly to help out your dog.
5. Get them a safe ice pack
This works great because you can give them something to lay on. Or if they're laying on a blanket or a towel outside, you can always stick it underneath so they can lay right on it.
There are plenty of safe options out there, so make sure whatever it is, that it isn't toxic for dogs or something that they can chew open. But an ice pack is a quick and easy way to make sure you don't have to worry about your furry best friend in the summer heat.
That's it! Those are five quick and easy ways that you can keep your dog cool during the summer. Personally I love the summer, but there are plenty of safety precautions that you need to take in order to make sure everyone's happy and healthy.
Make sure to check out the store today and order your Lightweight Weekender Dog Travel Bag so you can have THE BEST adventures with your best friend this summer. With plenty of room, collapsable dog bowls and more, this bag has everything you need for the best trips ever.
Like anything, make sure to call your Vet and get their opinions on anything health and safety related for your dog. We may be dog parents who love their pups, but we are not experts. Please check with your vet before proceeding.