The Dog Days Of Summer are here, and staying cool can be a challenge, especially for our four-legged, furry friends! Here are our top tips to keep you comfortable and safe all season long!

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Cooling Vests and Bandanas

Use cooling vests and bandanas treated with water-absorbing, evaporative materials to help keep your dog’s body temperature down.
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Shade and Shelter

Provide shaded areas for your dog to rest, especially during peak sun hours. A cool, shady spot is essential for avoiding heatstroke. Consider setting up a canopy, umbrella, or portable shade tent in your yard or outdoor area. If you're at the park or beach, look for natural shade under trees or bring your own shade solution. Always make sure your dog has access to these cooler areas to help regulate their body temperature and prevent overheating.

Avoid Midday Walks

Exercise your dog during the cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or late evening, to prevent overheating. These times of day offer lower temperatures and reduced sun exposure, making it safer and more comfortable for your pet to stay active. Avoid strenuous activities during the hottest hours, as this can lead to heat exhaustion or heatstroke. Instead, opt for gentle walks or play sessions when the weather is cooler.

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Hydrate Frequently.

Ensure your dog always has access to fresh, cool water. Hydration is key to regulating body temperature. Provide multiple water bowls both indoors and outdoors, and refill them frequently to keep the water clean and cool. When traveling or spending time outside, bring portable water bottles and collapsible bowls to ensure your dog stays hydrated on the go. Adding ice cubes to the water can help keep it cooler for longer, making it more refreshing for your dog.

Cooling Mats and Beds

Invest in cooling mats or beds designed to keep your dog’s sleeping area cool and to help them stay chill on those dog days of summer. These specially designed mats, like the Ice mat® use a pressure activated non-toxic gel to provide a cooling effect that helps regulate your dog’s body temperature while they rest. Place them in your dog’s favorite resting spots, whether indoors or outdoors, to provide a comfortable and refreshing place to relax. Additionally, cooling mats and beds can be easily transported, making them ideal for use during travel or outdoor adventures. By offering a consistently cool place to rest, you can ensure your dog remains comfortable and protected from the heat, promoting better overall health and well-being during the hot summer months.

Make a Splash!

Whether it's a pool, the lake, or the beach, let your pup do their best doggy paddle to keep cool. Swimming is a fantastic way for dogs to stay active and beat the heat. If you don't have easy access to water, get creative! Let them play in a shallow kiddie pool or with a sprinkler to cool off while having fun. These alternatives provide refreshing relief and enjoyable playtime without needing a large body of water.

Remember, not all dogs are great swimmers; grab a dog life vest to give you peace of mind while they splish-splash. This ensures their safety, especially in deeper water or strong currents, and allows you to relax knowing your furry friend is protected while they enjoy their aquatic adventures.

Ice Treats

Create dog-friendly ice treats, such as ice cubes made from low-sodium broth or watermelon slices, to provide cooling relief, extra hydration, and a fun distraction. For an easy and enjoyable option, try our Ice Toys, available in Ice Cream Cone or Ice Pop shapes. Just fill with water and freeze for a refreshing treat your dog will love! These treats not only help keep your dog cool but also provide mental stimulation and entertainment.

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Air Conditioning and Fans

Keep your home cool with air conditioning or fans. Maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature is essential for your dog's well-being, especially during hot weather. If your dog is outside, consider using outdoor fans or misting systems to provide additional cooling. These systems can help create a more comfortable environment by circulating air and reducing heat.

Expert Pairings: For cooling vests and bandanas that use evaporation as part of their cooling effect, like the Ice Vest® and Ice Band®, using fans can enhance their effectiveness. The moving air speeds up the evaporation process, providing even more cooling power. Place your dog near a fan while they wear their cooling gear to maximize the benefits and keep them comfortably cool for longer periods.

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Protect Toe Beans

Be mindful of surfaces like asphalt that can get extremely hot and burn your dog's paws. During hot weather, asphalt and pavement can become dangerously hot and cause severe burns. Test the surface with your hand before walking your dog; if it's too hot for you, it's too hot for them.

Have a pup who's hot to trot on walks when it's literally too hot to trot? Use booties to protect their paws from scorching surfaces. These protective shoes provide a barrier against the heat and can prevent painful injuries. Alternatively, stick to grassy areas or shaded paths when walking. Grass and dirt trails are much cooler and safer for your dog's paws. By being cautious of the walking surfaces and taking preventive measures, you can ensure your dog enjoys their walks safely, even during the hottest days.


Regular grooming can help keep your dog cool by removing excess fur. Brushing your dog frequently helps to eliminate loose hair and prevent matting, which can trap heat and cause discomfort. However, be careful not to shave double-coated breeds, as their fur helps regulate temperature. These breeds have a unique coat structure that provides insulation against both heat and cold, and shaving can disrupt this natural balance. Instead, opt for regular trims and thorough brushing to manage their coat effectively. Professional grooming services can also ensure your dog's coat remains in optimal condition, enhancing their comfort during the hot months. By maintaining a well-groomed coat, you help your dog stay cooler and more comfortable throughout the summer.