Watch this video to see how these families kept their hot dogs cool
Here are some easy tips to help keep your best friend chillin’ in the dog days of summer!
1. Provide plenty of fresh, clean drinking water at all times.
If your dog will be outside for any length of time in warm weather, she should have access to complete shade. Periodically encourage her to play in the sprinkler or hose her down with cool water to prevent overheating.
2. If your dog has a long coat, give her a summer cut.
Her fur can be shaved to a one-inch length to make her more comfortable when it’s hot. Just don’t go any shorter than an inch, because her coat protects her from the sun.
3. Exercise your dog early in the morning or after sunset.
Work out during the coolest parts of the day. Don’t overdo exercise or play sessions, regardless of the time of day. And if it gets to be 90°F, your pet should be indoors where it’s cool.
4. Don’t walk or exercise your dog on hot pavement.
Not only can it burn her paws, but the heat rising from concrete or asphalt can quickly overheat an animal that is close to the ground.
5. Never leave your dog alone in a parked car on a warm day.
Leave her where she’s cool, hydrated, and waiting in comfort for your return home.
6. Last but not least, let your pooch pal have fun in the water with you!
If you don’t have a swimming pool, providing a small swimming pool for dogs to cool down in is a great way to help prevent them from overheating.