How to Keep Your Dog Cool in Summer

by Greg Van Praagh

As the temperature rises and the sun shines brighter, it's crucial to ensure the well-being and comfort of our furry friends during the summer months. Dogs, like humans, are susceptible to overheating and heat-related illnesses, making it essential for pet parents to take proactive measures to keep their four-legged companions cool and safe. In this blog post we share expert tips to help you keep your beloved dog cool and content this summer


One of the fundamental ways to keep your dog cool and prevent dehydration is by providing an ample supply of fresh, clean water at all times. Dogs can become easily dehydrated in hot weather, so ensure that your dog's water bowl is always full and easily accessible, especially when spending time outdoors. Additionally, consider using elevated or weighted bowls to prevent accidental tipping or spilling. If you're taking your dog for a day out make sure to pack a travel water bowl to make sure they stay hydrated on the go.

Create a Comfortable Indoor Environment

When the heat becomes unbearable, it's best to keep your dog indoors during the hottest parts of the day. Ensure your home has adequate ventilation and a cool spot for your pet to rest. You can use fans, air conditioning, or provide a cooling mat for your dog to lie on. Remember to keep blinds or curtains closed to block out direct sunlight and maintain a cooler indoor temperature. If your dog prefers spending time in a specific room then make sure to keep that room as cool as possible.

Limit Time Outside

While exercise is vital for your dog's overall well-being, it's crucial to adjust your routine during scorching summer days. Opt for early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler. Avoid walking on hot pavement, as it can burn your dog's paw pads. Instead, choose grassy areas or walk on shaded paths. There are plenty of ways to exercise your dog through enrichment without going for a walk. You can create puzzles, scatter feed or do an indoor training session to keep them entertained. If they enjoy play then you can get water toys, paddling pools or sprinklers to make sure they stay cool whilst playing. 

Grooming and Coat Care

Maintaining proper grooming routines is essential to help your dog stay cool during summer. Regularly brush your dog's coat to remove excess fur and prevent matting, which can hinder air circulation. However, resist the urge to shave your dog's coat completely, as the fur acts as insulation against the heat and protects their skin from sunburn. Speak with your local groomer to find the best grooming routine for your dogs breed and coat type. Trimming long hair around paw pads will also quickly help prevent your dog from overheating.


A balanced and natural diet plays a crucial role in your dog's overall well-being, including their ability to cope with heat. Ensuring your dog is a healthy weight will stop them feeling as exhausted in the summer, dogs with additional weight will struggle more. 

Summer should be a time of joy and relaxation for both you and your canine companion. By following our expert tips you can ensure your dog stays cool, comfortable, and healthy throughout the summer. Remember, a little extra care and attention goes a long way in keeping your furry friend safe from the summer heat. Stay cool, and enjoy the sunny days!