Summer is in full swing, which means temperatures are rising and getting hotter still! While we humans are lucky enough to be able to wear less layers and enjoy trips to the beach or lake, our pups need to find other ways to stay cool – and it’s up to us to help!
Since our canines can’t tell us when they’re feeling overheated, check out these 10 ways to help our canines stay cool this season.
1. Exercise accordingly
While daily walks are a healthy habit that’s good for almost any pooch, it may be best to skip it if the sun is blistering. If you have a pooch that will go crazy without her daily jaunt, try to take a short stroll in the early morning or evening to avoid the hottest part of the day. You can also enjoy a game of tug in the air-conditioned indoors to try to tucker her out.
2. Take care of their coats
Grooming is an essential part of your dog’s health, and in the summer, it can help keep him cool. Brushing out extra fluff is a huge favor to them, and dogs with hair that need regular cuts – like Poodles – may benefit from having shorter ‘dos in the hotter months.
With that said, dogs with fur should not be shaved down, including breeds with long, thick coats (as well as shorter ones). Believe it or not, their fur is actually designed to keep heat out, and also protects them from sunburns. If you’re unsure whether or not to give your pup a summer haircut, consult with your vet.
3. Let them splash
Don’t have a pool? No problem! (And, lucky you if you do!) If your pup loves water, consider putting a kiddie pool in the backyard – in a shady place is ideal. You can also let Fido run through the sprinkler, if he likes. If you don’t have a yard, consider letting your canine wade in your bathtub!
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