How to Keep Dogs Cool on Hot Summer Days

Are you wondering how to keep your dogs cool as the calendar edges toward summer? Hot weather doesn’t have to mean an end to fun with your dog–but you do need to take some precautions to keep your dog safe.

We have a lot of practice keeping our dogs cool on hot days, whether we’re at home or enjoying a day trip with them. Summer may last from late June through late September most places–but in Texas we are accustomed to many more months of summer heat. Our forecasts can all too often look just like this:

So we’ve come up with 13 ways to keep your dog cool–no matter how hot the day gets!

Stay indoors

Barli and Tiki hang out indoors by the AC vents on these hot summer days. They like to stay outside an extra half hour after the morning walk but, other than that, they’re only outside for a quick potty run.

During cooler weather, our dogs enjoy being in the front yard during the morning (squirrel alert!) for an couple of hours; they usually ask to go outdoors right after they eat their post-walk breakfast. When summer temperatures arrive, they just eat then head up to my office to spend the day.

Make a cool place to lie outdoors

It’s better for your dogs to be indoors in the heat but if your dogs are going to be outside for a few hours, make sure they have a cool place to lie. Water down the porch and wet an area in the shaded portion of the yard to keep them cool.

Our dogs have raised Cooleroo beds on the porch that allow air flow beneath them to keep them cool. (They’re also great for dogs with arthritis to keep the weight off their joints.)

Ahh…we all love that cool towel on a hot day and so do our dogs. Wet an old towel or sheet then wring it out and pop it in your freezer. When it’s chilled (you don’t have to wait for it to freeze), spread it out as an optional place for your dog to lie. We also have a cooling mat;

The Green Pet Shop Dog Cooling Pad

it’s great for use around the house. These don’t require water or refrigeration. After 20 minutes of non-use, it recharges and is ready to cool down your dog again.

Walk early

On these hot days, we get up extra early to take our dog walk and do any outdoor chores that need to be done for the day.

If you are planning a walk during the heat of the day, check out cooling vests. Soak an evaporative cooling vest in water before placing it on your dog.

Make your morning walk your longest walk

Our morning walk is the longest of the day, taken in the coolest part of the day.

Our evening walk is taken as late as possible. I don’t like walking after dark (there are no streetlights in the country!) so I take our second walk of the day around sundown.

If your dog is especially sensitive to heat, though, the evening walk is a hotter one than the morning walk–due to radiating heat from pavement and sidewalks.