5 Ways to Keep Your Dog Cool This Summer

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And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer. – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Since Spring has been so amazing enough to give us some hot weather it’s time to make sure our four legged friends don’t overheat. Since there’s been no time for any of us to adjust to the hotter temperatures it’s just as important to make sure our pups are staying hydrated and cool. Here are 5 things to help your pup stay cool this summer:

Don't worry, he didn't have to wait long.

Don’t worry, he didn’t have to wait long.

1. Ice cubes

This is a great treat for your dog that helps them stay cool and get some more water in them. Every once in a while throughout the day, I’ll make Porter do a trick (hey, nothing’s for free here) and I’ll give him an ice cube as his treat. No calories and keeps him cool.

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2. Bandanas

Bandanas can be a great help for you and your pup during the summer! You can soak them in water and tie them around your dog’s neck. It will help keep them cool. If you can time it right, you can even stick it in the freezer for a little. Not so it gets hard, but just a little frosty to help keep your dog even cooler.

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3. Water, Water, Water

Make sure water is always accessible for your pup. If you are planning on a hike or on traveling, you can find super reasonable collapsible dog bowls just about anywhere. Make sure you’re keeping your pup hydrated enough.

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4. Ice treat

You can buy large ice molds that will be even more enticing for your dog. You can even freeze veggies and treats inside so they get a surprise. This is a great way to keep them occupied as well.

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5. Sprinkler

Not every dog will like this, however many dogs I have met love running through a sprinkler. It sounds silly and like you’ll get some great Facebook posts out of it, so run with it! They’ll have so much fun running in and out of it. They’ll be getting some much needed exercise as well as staying cool. Not much more you can ask for!

Remember, spring and summer are all about having fun and new adventures! But make sure everyone is staying safe, hydrated and cool enough throughout it!

Keep calm and pilot on

Danika Migliore
Darwin Dogs, LLC
Dog Training in Cleveland, Ohio

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