It’s hot this summer so be sure to keep cool but don’t forget about your furry best friend during your dip in the pool. Here are some tips brought to you by dog experts Cesar Milan and Tamar Geller on how to care for your hot dog this summer!
1. Exercise at sunrise or sunset- Are you an Early Bird? Night Owl? Use it to your advantage and sneak in a walk either early morning or late at night to avoid the scorching heat of mid-day.
3. Beware of dog dehydration- Dogs cool themselves by panting so be sure to check for signs of panting hard, staggering gait, rapid heartbeat, dazed look, restlessness, dark red or purple gums and/or tongue, vomiting, excessive drool, bloodshot eyes, and lethargic behavior- these are all signs of dehydration.
4. Have water handy- Throw us a bone here, or just a drop of H2O every so often. Make sure to carry a water bottle while on your walk. You can even strap it onto a doggy vest which can double to cool down your pup.
5. Keep it shady- Be sure to take breaks in the shade if your dog has been out in the sun for a while. Set up a fan or sprinkler to allow your dog a bit of relief from the rays. If theres no shade in sight, create some with this handy pet canopy.
6. Start from the bottom- Dogs cool from the bottom up so be sure to spray from underneath when rinsing off. Try laying down a cool wet towel for your canine pal to lay on and rest.
7. Let em’ dig- By nature, dogs dig to keep cool so if they start digging at the ground, let em’ go!
8. Let them test the weather- Let them out for a bit before your walk to feel the weather for themselves. They will understand better why they are going for a shorter walk than usual if they assess the weather beforehand.
9. Dogs can swim too- Next time you go for a dip to cool off, bring your pup. Swimming can be another great form of exercise for dogs if they are comfortable in pools. Keep it safe with a flotation device!
Comment below how you’re keeping your dog cool this summer: