Summer's coming so it's time to think about looking after your dog as the temperature heats up...
Make sure your dog has plenty of water to drink
It's no secret that dogs love water. They'll drink from the toilet, splash in puddles, and even try to catch raindrops in their mouths. But while water may be a favorite pastime for dogs, it's also essential for their health. Just like humans, dogs need water to stay hydrated. In fact, water makes up about 60% of a dog's body weight. Without enough water, dogs can become dehydrated, which can lead to a host of health problems. So make sure your furry friend always has plenty of water to drink. And if you're looking for a way to keep them entertained, why not get them a water dish with a built-in fountain? That way, they can play and drink at the same time.
Give them access to a shady spot where they can rest
Dogs are often excited to be outside, running around and playing. However, it's important to make sure they have a shady spot to rest in, as they can quickly overheat. Dogs don't sweat like humans do, so they rely on panting to regulate their body temperature. However, when it's hot and humid, this isn't always enough. If your dog is panting heavily, has glazed eyes, or seems lethargic, they may be suffering from heatstroke. In severe cases, this can be fatal. To prevent this, always make sure your dog has access to a cool, shady spot where they can escape the heat. And on particularly hot days, it's best to keep them inside where it's nice and cool.
Use a wet towel to cool your dog down
As any dog lover knows, our furry friends can get a little hot under the collar on a warm day. But before you reach for the hose, there's a more humane way to cool your dog down - and it involves nothing more than a wet towel. Just drape the towel over your dog's back and let them enjoy the cooling sensation. You may even find that your dog starts to enjoy their impromptu bath so much that they start to wag their tail! So next time your dog is panting in the heat, reach for a towel instead of the hose - they'll be sure to thank you for it.
Put ice cubes in their water dish
As the dog days of summer drag on, our furry friends can start to feel the heat. One way to help your dog stay cool is to put ice cubes in their water dish. The dog will appreciate the cool, refreshing water, and you'll be able to enjoy a little break from the heat yourself. Just be sure to keep an eye on the water level, as the dog may be too busy playing with the ice to drink it all!
Give them frozen treats like Kongs or Popsicles
If you're looking for a way to keep your dog cool during the summer months, you may want to consider giving them frozen treats. Kongs and Popsicles are both great options that can help to keep your dog healthy and hydrated. Simply fill a Kong with water or dog food and freeze it overnight. For a refreshing treat, add some fruits or vegetables to a Popsicle mold and freeze. Your dog will love the icy-cold treat on a hot day!
Take them for walks during the early morning or evening when it's cooler outside
Taking your dog for a walk is a great way to get some exercise, but it's important to choose the right time of day. Walking during the early morning or evening can help you avoid the heat of the day, and it's also cooler for your dog. Dogs are sensitive to heat, and walking them in the midday sun can put them at risk for heatstroke. So, next time you're planning a walk with your dog, think about when it will be coolest for both of you. Early morning or evening walks are a great way to beat the heat and bond with your furry friend.
If you follow these tips, you and your dog will be able to enjoy the summer heat together. Just remember to keep an eye on them and make sure they're staying hydrated and cool. And when it comes time to clean up after them, don't forget about our home-compostable dog poop bags! They're sturdy enough to handle whatever your pup can dish out, and they'll help reduce your carbon footprint too.