Keeping Cool This Summer

by Rachel Vasey // July 2017

Keeping Cool This Summer

We all know how important it is to keep our dogs cool during summer but sometimes it is not as easy as it sounds! Some dogs are true sun worshippers and just cannot get enough of the golden rays that shine down and really, who can blame them as it is not often we get such nice weather!!

So, we have reached out through social media, racked our own brains and asked many owners what they do to keep their dogs cool and boy did we had some fantastic ideas!

My personal favourite is providing dogs with a shallow children’s paddling pool. Now, if your dogs are anything like my two there is no chance they would enter the chilly water without a little bit of encouragement so I got creative! I rummaged through their mountain of toys  - we all have one - and found all of the ones that have air in, can get wet and float. Surprisingly, there were not very many but we found at least five and a few tennis balls and this immediately spiked their interest. So I put them in the paddling pool and what do you know?! It worked, we had a little hesitation at first but they were soon in the water bobbing for toys and keeping cool.

Another fantastic idea is to purchase doggie cooling items. We have probably all seen them advertised as they are becoming more popular but it can be hard to choose the right one to buy as there are so many options. All are equally as good as the other in different ways, it simply depends on what it is your dog would prefer. Would they prefer a cooling mat to lay on (our 2 office dogs above seem to approve of this one...)? Or maybe even a cooling coat that you can wet with cold water? You can even buy a water bowl which keeps cool for hours!

The possibilities are endless when you begin looking but don’t be afraid to be creative and think outside of the box but consider what your dog would enjoy the most.

If you have any ideas you would love to share please let us know on our Instagram and Twitter @DogSchoolLeeds or email us on LeedsDogSchool@Dogstrust.org.uk