Essential Dog Care Tips for Hot Weather

Summer’s here, and with it comes the joy of spending time outdoors with your furry friend. However, scorching temperatures can pose a serious threat to your dog’s health. To ensure your pup stays safe and comfortable all season long, we’ve compiled some essential tips for summer dog safety. From protecting their paws on hot pavement to keeping them hydrated and cool, this guide will equip you with the knowledge needed to make sure your pup enjoys a fun and safe summer alongside you!

Hot Pavement

Walking your dog on hot pavement can lead to burns and discomfort. You can test the conditions of a sidewalk by placing your hand down on the pavement. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for them!

That doesn’t mean you have to stop your activities, though. Adjust your walks with your dog to keep their paws on the grass. If that’s not possible, a great way to protect your dog’s paws while walking around town is by ordering ergonomic dog booties. To ensure your dog is comfortable with them, start by letting them wear the booties in the home first. This gradual introduction helps your dog get used to the sensation and prevents issues when it’s time to walk outside.

Choose Grassy Areas

Whenever possible, opt for grassy areas over pavement. Grass doesn’t retain heat like pavement, making it a much cooler and safer option for your dog’s paws. Plus, grassy areas often offer more shade, providing a cooler environment overall.

Pack Extra Water

Hydration is crucial, especially during summer outings. Always pack extra water and consider investing in portable water bottles or bowls specifically designed for dogs. These products are convenient and ensure that your dog can stay hydrated no matter where you are.

Know Your Dog’s Breed and Limitations

Different breeds have different tolerances to heat. For example, French Bulldogs and other brachycephalic breeds (dogs with short noses) are more prone to heat exhaustion. Similarly, dogs with thick coats may overheat more quickly. Be mindful of your dog’s breed and any physical limitations, adjusting your outdoor activities accordingly.

Insulated Water Bowls

During outdoor playtime, it’s important to keep your dog’s water cool. Insulated water bowls, like those from Yeti or Toadfish (a local company with awesome products!), are excellent options. These bowls prevent water from getting too hot, ensuring your dog can access refreshing, cool water.

Cooling Mats

Cooling mats are a fantastic way to help your dog beat the heat. They provide a cool surface for your dog to lie on, which can help regulate its body temperature. They are especially useful for dogs that overheat easily.

Dog Pools

A small dog pool can be a fun and effective way to keep your dog cool during the summer. Whether it’s a kiddie pool or a pool specifically designed for dogs, having a place for your dog to splash around helps them stay cool and entertained. 

Slow Feed Toys with Frozen Treats

Slow feed toys filled with frozen treats are a great way to keep your dog cool and occupied. These toys help prevent boredom, and the frozen treats provide a refreshing snack that helps lower your dog’s body temperature.

Cooling Down After Walks

After outdoor play or a strenuous walk, allow your dog to cool down naturally for a few minutes before offering water. This practice helps prevent life-threatening bloat, which is most common in larger breeds. Bloat can occur when a dog drinks too much water too quickly after exercise, so it’s important to let them rest and cool down first.

For a truly enjoyable summer with your furry friend, consider enrolling your dog in one of our dog training programs! Contact us today to learn more.