If your dog is kept outdoors, consider bringing them into cool air conditioning when the temperature is high in the summer. Your dog could suffer dehydration but dogs are also very susceptible to heat stroke.
If you like to take your dog in the car with you, before grabbing the leash consider a few things. When I get to my destination, will my dog be able to go with me? If not, will I have to leave the car unattended? When the car is unattended do the windows need to be closed? If so, it may be best if Barky stays home for the day.
Always make sure your dog has fresh water. In extreme summer heat it is likely your dog will drink more water than usual. Consider adding a second water bowl to the outside area to be certain they will have enough clean cold water. If your dog tends to knock over their water frequently, purchase a no-tip water bowl for about $9.00 to $15.00. To help him or her cool off and to keep the water cooler, add a few ice cubes or ice chips to the water. Avoid placing the dog bowl in direct sunlight to avoid having the water get too warm.
Be sure there is shade available in an opened area for the entire day. Yes, if they have a dog house it is shaded inside, if it is a hot and humid day, the shade would provide little relief. However, a shaded area not with in a shelter will give your dog the option of inside or out. They are more likely to choose out if there is the possibility of a cool breeze. Also, the dirt or grass can feel much cooler to the dog as opposed to the shelter floor.
Having fun with your dog in the summer is a bit different then when playing during other seasons. Take into consideration the activity you wish to do. Any sports or long walks should be saved for a cooler day. If you have a high energy dog and need to get him or her some exercise daily, consider some water sports. Simply spraying the dog with the garden hose (not at full blast but more sprinkler style) can be a lot of fun for your pooch. In hot temperatures, your dog may also enjoy if you could fill a “kiddie” pool up for their playing pleasure. Use towels to help your dog dry off before coming in to avoid too much of a mess.
There is a variety of frozen dog treats in the ice cream isle of the grocery store. The treats at the store are a bit costly. A low cost alternative is to make chicken or beef broth ice cubes. Simply microwave about three cups of water per broth cube until dissolved. Allow to cool, then pour into ice trays and freeze.
Grooming your dog will help to keep them cooler. Brush off excess hair and keep the hair around their ears, paws and beard trimmed. If you are playing in water with your doggie, their ears need to be able to dry on the inside. If your dog’s ears are flapped, pay extra attention to make sure air is able to pass around the inside of the ear to avoid any infections.