Keeping Your Canine Cool: Tips for a Comfortable Summer

As the summer heat rises, it’s not just us humans who feel the heat; our furry companions do too. Dogs can struggle to regulate their body temperature in hot weather, making them susceptible to heatstroke and dehydration. As responsible pet owners, it’s crucial to take measures that keep our canine friends cool and comfortable during the warmer summer months.

Hydration is Key:

small dog drinking from a portable dog water bottle

Just like humans, dogs need plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially in the summer heat. Make sure your dog always has access to fresh, clean water, both indoors and outdoors. Consider placing multiple water bowls around your home and garden to encourage regular drinking. Be sure to pack portable hydration solutions if you are going on walks, this could be a collapsible bowl, water bottle with leaf bowl or snaffle pack dual bowl set. This will ensure your pup doesn’t go without water than absolutely necessary.

Limit Outdoor Activities:

While it’s essential for dogs to get exercise, it’s crucial to avoid strenuous activities during the hottest parts of the day. Instead, opt for early morning or late evening walks when temperatures are cooler. If you do have to go out during peak heat hours, keep walks short and stick to shaded areas. Asphalt and concrete can become scorching hot and burn your dog’s paw pads, so be sure to test the ground temperature with your hand before walking. If the heat is too much for you, it will be too much for your pup.

Provide Shade and Shelter for Summer:

Small dog keeping cool in the summer with a travel crate

Whether your dog spends time indoors or outdoors, ensure they have access to shaded areas where they can escape the sun’s rays. If your dog likes to spend time in the garden, set up a shaded spot with an umbrella or canopy. When you’re on the go, taking a travel crate with you provides shade wherever you are. Indoors, be sure to keep your curtains closed to block out direct sunlight and consider using fans or air conditioning to keep the space cool.

Never Leave Your Dog in a Parked Car:

This point cannot be emphasized enough – never leave your dog unattended in a parked car, even for a few minutes. Cars can quickly become ovens in hot weather, leading to heatstroke and even death. On a high temperature day, a parked car can soar to dangerous temperatures  within minutes, even with the windows cracked. If you need to run errands, we recommend leaving your dog at home where they’re safe and comfortable.

Cool Treats and Toys:

Keep your dog entertained and refreshed with cool treats and toys designed to beat the heat. Freeze some dog-safe fruits like watermelon or strawberries for a refreshing snack, or invest in a special cooling mat or toy that can be frozen and used to provide relief from the heat. You can also make DIY frozen treats by mixing water or broth with your dog’s favorite ingredients and freezing them in ice cube trays or silicone molds. Lastly, wetting a towel with cool water will provide a place for your pup to rest that is cool for longer.


As summer temperatures soar, it’s essential to prioritise your dog’s well-being and take steps to keep them cool and comfortable. By providing shade, hydration, and limiting outdoor activities during the hottest parts of the day, you can help your canine companion beat the heat and enjoy a safe and happy summer season. Remember, a little extra care and attention will go a long way in keeping your furry friend healthy and happy all summer long.