Summer Safety Tips for Helping Your Dog Beat the Heat

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During these dog days of summer, it’s tough to keep cool — especially when you’re wearing a fur coat. It’s easy for your best friend to overheat, which poses dangers to his health. Luckily, there are some simple ways to help keep your dog comfortable during the hot summer months. We’ve pulled together a few of our favorite ideas below.

1. Get Up Early for Walks

Your dog still needs exercise during the summer - but you don't want to take him out during the hottest hours of the day. Instead, wake up a little early to take your pooch for a walk or wait until after the sun sets in the evening to go for a stroll.

2. Provide Lots of Cool Water

You might notice your dog lapping up more water than usual on hot days, so make sure to keep his bowl filled with fresh water. He might also appreciate some ice cubes in there to keep it extra cool. And if you're refilling it outside, check first to make sure you're not filling it with water that's been heated up in the sun.

3. Give Him Icy Treats

Dogs appreciate a cool treat on a hot day just as much as the kids do. Your canine might like licking an ice cube or lying on a big block of ice - just wrap a towel around the ice so your dog's skin isn't in direct contact with it. You can also freeze his kong to provide frosty fun or make a "pupsicle" with dog-safe ingredients like bananas, peanut butter, or chicken broth.

4. Play in the Water

Going for a swim or running through the sprinklers is a great way to leave your pup cool and happy. Keep in mind, though, that not all dogs know how to swim! Your dog might need a life vest to stay safe in the pool, river, lake, or ocean. And some dogs shouldn't swim at all, so it's best to ask your veterinarian before taking the plunge.

5. Teach Your Dog to Drink From a Water Bottle

This is a handy trick when you're out exercising with your dog. Drinking from a water bottle comes naturally to some dogs, but others need a little help. For these dogs, trainer Mikkel Becker recommends getting a pet adapter for a standard water bottle, which allows you to adjust the water flow.

6. Leave Him at Home

Your dog might love going everywhere with you, but keep in mind that when it's hot out, he might be happier at home. That will help you avoid leaving him in a car that can quickly heat up. On extremely hot days, consider cranking up the air conditioning, especially if your dog has heart or breathing problems or is a flat-faced breed. Another simple way to help your dog stay comfortable is to give him access to rooms in the house that tend to be cooler than others - a cold tile floor, for example is great for napping on in the summer!


  1. Thanks for your tips about how to keep your dog safe during the summer. I grew up with a 105 pound black lab. We lived in the Northwest, so temperatures were pretty safe most of the year. However, there were always summer days that were super hot and humid. Another thing to consider during the summer is, if you travel and need to board your dog while away, make sure that they have the facilities and practices to keep your cool. Thanks for your post.

  2. Thanks for sharing this great article! i like your blog and it helped me alot. because these post are contain Summer Safety Tips for Helping my Dog Beat the Heat.Thanks for sharing this great tips.

  3. Thanks for sharing this great article! i like your blog and it helped me alot. because these post are contain Summer Safety Tips for Helping my Dog Beat the Heat. Thanks for sharing this great tips.

  4. Well, i think that to protect your dog from the summer you can take them to the cool places and by that you can get to spend some time with them and give them lot's of water to drink instead of feeding them with pet treats as water keep them fit and make them play with the sprinklers and this would helps them to stay fit and healthy.

  5. As a dog owner if you ask me, the best thing to do is keep dog hydrated in summer

  6. Thanks for sharing this information
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