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I love playing with my dog in the summer because it’s a great way for both of us to get our exercise (and bonding) in sans rains. However, because my dog has a huge fur coat, I have to be cognizant of how much time we spend outside with her. Read on for a few of my trusty tips on how I “beat the heat” in the summer with my fur baby.
1. Keep your Dog Hydrated
Because dogs can’t sweat, you have to be extra careful on watching if your dog is getting overheated. A few signs for this are watching if your dog is becoming lethargic, has bloodshot eyes, and even if they appear more pale than usual. I always make sure to have water around if we’re out and I’m always filling up her water bowl at home.
2. Shade Shade Shade
Just because it’s hot out doesn’t mean you can’t continue with fun summer activities. We love to go on picnics in the summer but always make sure we set up shop in the shade. Because we always pack a picnic lunch for us, we don’t want to Bella to be left out, so we bring along her favourite food, Wellness® CORE® RawRev™. What’s great about this food is it’s packed with protein and its grain-free kibble is combined with 100% raw meat pieces which Bella loves. This food is great because it helps keep my dog healthy and active, even in the summer. A huge benefit that I want to point out about this food is it helps promote strong joints and muscles. Check out my last blog post for 4 benefits of feeding your dog raw food here.
3. Cool Off
Another annual summer activity we participate in (it takes the entire family) is washing Bella outside on the terrace. She loves this because it’s a quick and easy way for her to cool off. We use luke warm water to scrub her down and when she’s done, she lays in the sun to cool off. She might put up a fuss at first, but later realizes how much better she feels.
4. Take Them for a Drive in the AC
Bella loves going for car rides, it’s probably one of her favourite things. Obviously, in the summer, we can’t leave her in the car while we run errands, so we take her out for a spin and let the AC blow on her while having her window down so she can stick her (big) head out. She loves this and sometimes we even stop for a cold treat too.
5. Swimming Time
Another fantastic way for your dog to cool down is to let them go for a dip. We sometimes take Bella to our nearby dog park (which looks out onto a dog-friendly lake) and she goes for a little swim. Not only does this instantly cool them down, but it’s a wonderful way to bond with your pet.
6. Walking Later at Night
We like to go for walks all year round, but Bella loves going out in the summer because there’s more action outside. With that said, I make sure to walk her later on in the evenings when it has cooled down. She and I both win because she gets her walk in and I make sure she’s not getting overheated.
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And those are my top tips for keeping your dog active, healthy (and cool) in the summer. Do you have any tips I missed? Let me know in the comments below!