While the warm summer weather is glorious for many of us in the UK, it can be worrisome for pet owners. After all, we all want to keep our furry friends as comfortable as possible in the heat!
Knowing how to cool off your dogs in summer weather will help to keep your pet – and, by extension, you – happy. Here are our top tips for ensuring they stay cool and comfortable during the warmer months.
When to Walk Dogs in Summer
A dog’s discomfort on hot days is perhaps most apparent when they’re out for a walk. While it’s important they keep exercising, we need to take more care with the length and timing of their walks.
Gencon recommends walking your dog in the morning or evening when the weather is cooler and they don’t have to compete with the sun. Heatstroke is a real threat for our canine pals, so taking care when they’re getting their daily exercise is very important.
Provide Access to Shade and Water at All Times
This is one we’re all aware of, but it can be easy to overlook. Ensuring your dog has access to covered areas, whether inside or outside, will give them a break from the sun and help them to cool down. This goes for their walks as well – it’s best to keep them off hot pavements to preserve their sensitive paws. If you’re unsure, hold your hand to the ground surface for 5 seconds – if it’s too hot for your hands, it’s too hot for their pads!
We’re all good at keeping water bowls topped up for our dogs in summer, but it’s important to keep them hydrated during outings as well. Packing some water and bringing your dog’s bowl with you will ensure they can always take a drink when they need one.
How To Help your Dog Cool Off
When things do get a bit warm for your best friend, there are ways to get their temp back to a comfortable level. Here are our best recommendations:
- Give them a damp towel to lie on (or an ice pack wrapped in a towel if your dog is particularly warm)
- If they like getting wet, take them for a swim or a run through the garden hose
- Regularly brush your dog’s coat to remove excess fur
- Add a few ice cubes to your dog’s water bowl or put their favourite toy in the freezer for a little while
For more great tips on caring for dogs in summer, check out the RSPCA’s page on dog care in summer.
Other Things To look Out For
- Never leave your dog in a confined space like a car, conservatory or anywhere without shade or a comfortable airflow – even for short periods of time
- Excessive panting or a loss of energy in your dog are clear signs that they’re overheating. If you see your dog doing either of these, immediately bring them to shade and water
- Use a special pet sunscreen on exposed skin such as the nose and tips of your dog’s ears to avoid sunburn. Ask your vet for the best products
Ensure the Safety of Your Dogs in Summer
At Gencon, we’re more than just experts in facilitating your dog’s training with our All-in-1 Headcollar – we also provide you with the information you need to ensure your dog’s wellbeing.
For more helpful info, see our hints and tips or browse our blog articles for the latest pet care advice. We’d love to hear from you if you have any questions about pet care or our great products, so don’t hesitate to contact us.