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Tips for the Dog Days of Summer

It’s that time of the year we all love, yet at the same time all struggle with: summer time! We bask in the ideas of being carefree like we were as kids during this season. With trips to the beach, the park and longer but hotter days, there are endless opportunities to be outside soaking up as much Vitamin D as possible. 


However, for us dog owners, it can be a trying time to keep our furry friends hydrated, cooled off, and properly exercised in the blistering heat. While it’s easy for us to start sweating by simply walking to the car, it’s hard to even imagine what it’s like to be outside with a body full of fur! Here are a few things you can do to ensure it’s an enjoyable summer for your barking best friend.

  • Always Have Water Available
Even though this might seem like a no brainer, this is something that cannot be forgotten. Most dog owners are away at work during the day, which could potentially leave the animal without water for a long period of time even if they filled up their bowl in the morning. Keep extra water out for your pup so that they never run low and maybe put a few ice cubes in their bowl from time to time. Dehydration is never something to toy around with, and just as you enjoy a cool glass of water on a hot summer day, so will they.

  • Freezing Chew Toys
An easy and beneficial way to make sure your dog stays cool is to put their toys in the freezer for a few hours. If they’re cloth toys, you can even wet them a little before freezing. Then they’ll have something refreshing like a Popsicle to sink their teeth into. It’s a win, win! Or, a “woof, woof” in this case.

  • Keep the House Cool or Create Shade
If your dog stays home during the day, keep it reasonably cool for them and be sure to close the curtains or blinds. Whenever it’s warm for you it is extra warm for them! Whether it’s a fan running or leaving a window open, it’s important for them to have a source of airflow throughout the day.
If your pet stays outside during the day, it’s no problem. Create a shady place for them with lots of water and a breeze, whether it be a porch or under a big tree. Doghouses tend to trap the heat in. You can even keep a kiddie pool outside so they can cool off throughout the day which is an inexpensive way to make sure they have a large source of water to resort to.

  • Be Mindful of the Pavement
If it’s too hot for your own hand or foot, it’s too hot for your pups paw pads. You may have to walk on the grass during the hot summer months if you’re surrounded by asphalt. There are also shoes for dogs to wear so their paws don’t burn.
You can change your walk times to later in the evening or early in the morning when the sidewalk or road isn’t at its hottest point yet. It’s only for a few months!     

  • Adjust Your Exercise Routines
We know how important it is for your furry friend to get the right amount of exercise, especially if they stay inside throughout the day. Make it a point to keep a close watch on your dog throughout your walks or during playtime. Keep enough water handy for the both of you and try to make play time or walks in a shady area, or change up the timing so it’s during a cooler part of the day.
From all of us at Mav4Life, we hope you and your furry best friend stay cool through the dog days of summer! Stay tuned to our blog for more tips on all things canine and click here to sign up for our FREE eBooks.