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Tips for Keeping Dogs Cool in the Summer Heat

Tips for Keeping Dogs Cool in the Summer Heat

Summertime can represent fun time for humans. To many of us it means wearing sandals, tank tops and swim suits. But, for our family members that can’t remove their fur coats, summer heat can be unbearable, and even dangerous, if they aren’t helped with coping with the high temperatures of summer.

Tips for Keeping Dogs Cool in the Summer Heat:

  • Shade – If they are outside, make sure they have plenty of shade and shelter from the sun.
  • Drinking Water  – Provide them with plenty of cool water that is also kept in the shade at all times.
  • Kiddie Pool – Dogs who love water will appreciate being able to cool off in a kiddie pool.
  • Frozen food in a Kong – Almost any food good for your dog can be stuffed into a kong and frozen. Here’s one of Sanchez and Gina‘s favorites… Place a mashed up banana in a kong, add rice cake crumbs and low-sodium peanut butter. Put it in the freezer in the morning. By the heat of mid-day, your dog has a refreshing, frozen snack.
  • Walk dogs early in the day and late at night when temperatures are cooler.
  • Let them dig: Dogs aren’t always digging to bury food.  There are a variety of reasons, including digging up a cool place to lie down.
  • Cool, Wet Towels – Dogs cool from the bottom up, so it’s more important that their paws and stomach stay cool and wet, than their back. Provide a wet towel for them to lie on. And when hosing them with water, hose down their paws, legs, and stomach.
  • Don’t leave your dog in a hot car: According to DOGSAFE: Canine First Aid “Life-threatening heat stroke happens when a dog’s body temperature is above 106° F (41.1° C) and a dog has lost the ability to cool itself.” A parked car acts like a greenhouse, according to It could be 86° outside, and 106° in side the car, in a matter of minutes.

How do you keep your pets cool in the summer heat? Thanks for adding any additional tips in a comment below.

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Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.


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4:47AM PDT on Jun 8, 2015

"Walk dogs early in the day and late at night when temperatures are cooler."

However, be aware of your environment. The summer noonday sun is obviously not good for dogs (or people), but if you are in a neighborhood with coyotes and bobcats and mountain lions (as I am), you should know that "early in the day and late at night" is a description of their hunting hours.

I have some dogsitting clients who don't even want their dogs in their own back yard after dark, because of all the coyote sightings they have. (Piddle pads: not just for training puppies.)

8:05AM PDT on Aug 6, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

4:20PM PDT on Aug 3, 2013

Thanks for the article !!

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7:04AM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

thanks for the article!

10:56PM PDT on Jul 19, 2013

Never knew that dogs cool from the bottom up. Thanks for this good information and tips. I've learned two new facts so far tonight, That's why I love Care2 make a difference articles.

7:34PM PDT on Jul 19, 2013

Very good.

2:15AM PDT on Jul 19, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

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Will keep that in mind next Winter!

Poor little dogs, so glad they had a very happy ending. Thank you for caring and sharing.

Thanks Diane for sharing the wonderful recipes and links, Great photos also.


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