Dogs love being outdoors, rain or shine. But summer can be dangerous, especially in areas where temperatures skyrocket into the 100′s.
Certain dog breeds have a zero tolerance for warmer temperatures. Take for example breeds with heavy coats or who are brachycephalic (short broad skulls), or even worse, both!
Breeds with these features will suffer in very hot climate and will require lots of monitoring. You should never exercise dogs in the peak of a summer day (afternoon’ish). Instead, do early morning walks or late evening runs for the sake of your dog.
Here are some cool dog products that help combat hot weather.
1. Dog Feet Protection – Watch out for hot surfaces on your summer walks. If you see your dog doing “the dance,” then you know it’s too hot for them to walk on.
2. Dog Hydration – Staying hydrated in hot weather is extremely important. Always make sure your dog’s water bowl is full. During summer, use a larger water bowl because dogs will drink water a lot more and run out of it sooner.
For walks or exercise, it’s important to bring along your dogs own water supply. The H2O4K9 is an innovative stainless steel dog water bottle with a lid designed for a dog’s drinking anatomy.
For long trekking adventures and hikes, dog packs do well in making sure you’ve packed enough water for you and your dog. The Palisades Dog Pack just so happens to be the ultimate dog backpack in regards to mobile hydration.
3. Dog Cooling Jackets – A dog’s normal body temperature is around 100.5°F to 102.5°F (about 38°C to 39.2°C). This can easily skyrocket during walks or exercise in warm weather. To help dogs regulate their body temperature you can use the Swamp Cooler Dog Cooling Vest. Cooling vests for dogs are innovative ways of prolonging outdoor activity on warm days.
4. Staying Fresh & Clean – Like humans, dogs love nothing more than a refreshing shower after a long hot day. Clean skin and fur will help your dog stay cool and fresh on a hot day. Bathing your dog indoors or out is simpler with the Booster Dog Bath Tub. Dogs get extra frisky when they hop out the shower because it feels “oh so good!”
5. Keeping Cool Outdoors – If your dog is an outdoor dog and is excessively digging during summer, it’s probably because they are trying to find a cool resting area – so don’t blame the dog. A couple of cool ways to keep your dog cool outdoors is with a kiddie pool or misting set up.
Kiddie pools are inexpensive, portable “swimming pools” you can relocate anywhere around the yard. They come in all shapes and sizes, so be sure to buy one for your dog this summer.
A misting set up is also a great method of keeping your dog cool and rested. They’re easy to set up and as long as you have access to a water hose, you’re set! Misting set ups can be found at any name brand hardware store for around $45.
If your dog isn’t a fan of water whatsoever, check this how to help my dog like water guide. Once they understand water, they’ll want it every time the sun shines too hard.
If you have the luxury of living close to the beach, then go for it! Beach walks, especially along the shore are perfect for keeping dogs cool outdoors.
Well, there you have it folks. I’m sure these products will benefit any dog out there this summer. I know my dogs have and will continue to do so because sunburns and dehydration suck!