They’re not called the “dog days of summer” for nothing. Sometimes it’s too hot for your dog to do anything but lie around. I have a few simple rules for making sure your dog enjoys the summer.
8 Ways to Help Your Dog Beat the Heat
- Add ice to your dog’s water bowl.
- Put a fan out where your dog can go sit in front of it if he’s feeling hot.
- Do not leave your dog in the car, even with the windows cracked and even if it’s just for a few minutes.
- Walk your dog in the morning and/or evening and avoid hot pavement so her paws don’t get burned. If you’re going to walk for a while, bring a portable water bowl or bottle to keep her hydrated.
- If you are leaving your dog outside for longer than a few minutes, make sure he has access to shade (a dog house does not count, as it prevents air circulation) and plenty of water.
- Don’t muzzle your dog. She needs to pant to regulate her body heat to prevent heat stroke/death.
- Fill a kiddie pool with water for your dog to wade in, or you can leave a cool, wet towel for him to lie on.
- Go swimming! You both get exercise and stay cool.