10 Tips to Help Your Dog “Beat The Heat”

Wow!! It’s getting hot out there! Fun in the sun, swimming, outdoor activities… summer can be great! But, how hot is too hot when it comes to your dog?

10 Tips to Help Your Dog "Beat The Heat"

Check out these 10 tips to help your dog beat the heat!

1. Frozen treats! Dogs are very much like us humans when it comes to a cool treat on a hot day!

2. Shade is your best friend. Whether you’re in the comfort of your own home, or out on a walk with your pooch. Find some shade and take a break from the sun.

3. Air conditioning! I couldn’t make it through a summer without my A/C and I believe my Siberian Huskies feel the same way. Their favorite spot to lay is in front of the a/c during those hot days.

4. Taking the family for a swim? Bring your dog!

5. Take your dog for walkies during the cooler times in a day, such as early morning, or night after the sun goes down.

6. Water! Good hydration is key to those hot summer days. Take some water with you on your walks, offer plenty through the day, and always keep a cool, fresh bowl of water outside for them while they are out.

7. Grooming your dog during summer months is very helpful in keeping them cool. If you have dogs like mine – with those gorgeous double coats – groom them daily to keep all that excess fur off. Other pooches will benefit from taking a trip to the groomer to get a nice, cool summer cut!

8. Kiddie pools and sprinklers aren’t just for kids… your dog might like to head out in the heat to cool off in the pool, or run through the sprinkler!

9. Cooling jackets/collars. These are great products which I use every summer to help keep my huskies cool. Simply soak them in cold water, and your dog will be beating that heat!

10. Finally, never leave your dog in a hot car. Yes, I know… we have all heard this before, hundreds of times every summer. Funny how we still hear of so many dogs being left in cars, getting sick or worse… Spread the message!!

Most importantly, have fun! By playing it safe, and taking precautions you can help your dog enjoy summer, and beat the heat!

Do you have any tips to add? Feel free to leave them in the comments!

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jenna drady headshotJenna Drady

Jenna Drady is the author and creator of ownedbyahusky.ca. She is a mother of two beautiful daughters and 3 Siberian Huskies. Being a husky mom for a long duration of her life, Jenna was inspired to begin writing about them. In doing so, she began doing massive research on dog behavior, and all things dog in general. Jenna is inspired everyday by her family, and loves to bring her readers valuable information as well as a little humor too! Jenna has created her own business partnered with her lovely mother while blogging called Pawz N Clawz Jewelry N Things. They currently sell handmade jewelry with added pet charms, as well as a few dog toys too! As an animal rights activist, and huge believer in helping pets who have been stuck in shelters, they donate a portion of their sales to local shelters throughout Canada.

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24 Responses to 10 Tips to Help Your Dog “Beat The Heat”

  1. Pawz Crossed says:

    Awesome advice! We go out to the bay every once and awhile with my two daughters and our two large dogs (the little dogs hate going outside) and we normally take turns swimming. My dogs love frozen banana and PB treats with their swimming adventures.

  2. Great tips. I have to be so careful with Kilo the Pug. We just did a video on this in fact as he got quite hot on a walk at the beach last weekend and the OSPCA reminded us about their campaign #nohotdogs no excuses.

  3. Dash Kitten says:

    Heat for cats and dogs is a huge enemy in summer. These tips could help save a life, so thank you for a valuable reminder. Can you imagine being hot, thirsty, and in need of a good wash and brush UGH!!

    Summer Heat Health matters!

  4. Jeffrey says:

    Great tips. I live in Palm Springs, so we have months of heat that we have to make sure we are keeping our dog cool. Homemade frozen treats is a great way. Making them with yogurt you can share them with your dog.

  5. Ruth Epstein says:

    I am a hysterical Jewish Mom when it comes to the heat with Layla especially as there are times when we are outdoors more than planned so I become a pack mule LOL but rather safe than sorry. She does not like going into water so I have for her a cooling harness which helps a lot, a canopy for the beach so that she has shade, lots of water of course but when in parks I go to the ones with shady trees so she can keep cool.
    Your points are really wonderful and a good reminder for all of us that although we might like the heat it is not fair to let them suffer

  6. Beth says:

    These are wonderful tips to help keep dogs cool and safe during a heat wave. We are lucky that it isn’t too hot where we live, but we still have a few hot days. Our dogs prefer to stay inside on those days, but they love frozen treats any day!

  7. I can’t believe when I was growing up and we had dogs that we kept them outside! Back in the 60s, very few people let their dogs stay inside. I’m glad things have changed. We’re set for several days of 100+ weather this week.

  8. Debbie says:

    Great tips! We just had the baby pool out in the backyard today. It’s been so hot that my adventure pups aren’t getting much adventuring in these days, but when we do, it’s always centered around water and as early in the morning as possible to beat the heat.

  9. SO important!! You don’t want your dogs to get overheated, which is a big issue. :) Great tips.

  10. Lorie Ham says:

    These are some great tips! We live in the Fresno area and it’s been crazy hot this year so every little bit helps.

  11. These are great tips! It has been so incredibly hot. I’ve been wanting to get outside with my cats, but unless we got out at like 5am, it’s just too hot. Hopefully it cools down soon!

  12. Allison says:

    Great tips! I’d also add the caution that sometimes one just shouldn’t take their pet outside. It’s over 100 here today, and pets can get overheated sadly even at a short distance with temps this high.

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