8 Ways to Help Your Dog Beat the Heat

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 Heat8 ways to help your dog beat the heat

  1.    Add ice to your dog’s water bowl.
  2.    Put a fan out where your dog can go sit in front of it if he’s feeling hot.
  3.    Do not leave your dog in the car, even with the windows cracked and even if it’s just for a few minutes.
  4.    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.
  5.    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.
  6.    Don’t muzzle your dog. She needs to pant to regulate her body heat to prevent heat stroke/death.
  7.    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.
  8.    Go swimming! You both get exercise and stay cool.