You may have noticed by now, we’re having a little bit of a heatwave! Temperatures have reached over 30 degrees in some parts of the UK and it isn’t showing any signs of cooling down. While we may be loving the heat and the tan it gives us, chances are our dogs probably aren’t. Shorter nosed dogs such as bulldogs and pugs may struggle more in the heat, and obviously those with longer coats will be hotter too. We asked our lovely facebook followers how they keep their dogs cool and there are some fantastic ideas. Here they are!
1. It may seem obvious but walking your dog early morning or late evening can make a world of difference to your dog’s happiness during this hot weather. The cooler ground makes them more comfortable, and the lack of sun means they can enjoy a nice leisurely walk without them getting too hot and sweaty. Not sure if it’s too hot for their walk? Put your bare foot on the pavement, if it’s too hot for you to touch, it’s too hot for your dogs. A collapsible water dish is a great thing to take with you to keep your pup hydrated.
2. Provide somewhere for them to be cool and comfortable during the day. If your garden is a suntrap, it’s important to create somewhere your dog can stay cool and relaxed. Create a shady area by hanging up some tarpaulin or using a shade screen. Provide lots of water!
3. Lots of our Facebook followers swear by cool mats. You can buy specially made cool mats for dogs to lie on. Or why not create your own? Use leftover training pads – soak them and leave them somewhere cool.
4. Let them splash about! A small paddling pool for them to wade in will do them the world of good for cooling down their coats.
5. Give them frozen treats. There are TONS of recipes for frozen dog treats on the internet. From frozen yoghurt to frozen blended fruit, there’s something your dog will love. Have a look! In the meantime, pop plenty of ice cubes in their water during the day to keep it cold and refreshing.
Do you have any other great tips you want to share? Let us know over on our facebook page!