We all love to stay cool in summer, including our furry friends! As temperatures rise, keeping your dog comfortable, cool, and safe on a hot summer’s day is essential. A sure way of telling that your dog may be getting a little hot and bothered by the heat is through their breathing. While we, as humans, sweat to cool down, dogs cool themselves down by panting. Of course, keeping your pet groomed properly, and free of matted hair will make your canine companion most comfortable. Remember, dogs react to the heat differently, mainly through panting. Talk to us here at Canine Couture to select the best summer cut for your dog. We’ve compiled a list of 8 tips to keep your dog cool in summer that will help your dog beat the heat once and for all!  

1. Provide Plenty of Fresh Drinking Water

Whether at the beach or sitting in your backyard, you should always have plenty of fresh, cold water for your dog. Before you go on a walk, you can fill and freeze a dog bowl or ice cream container with a quarter of water. Once the bowl is frozen, you can fill the rest up with water. Freezing the bowl will make the water on the top nice and cool while the ice slowly melts at the bottom. Most importantly, you’ll want to ensure you have enough water to last the whole trip. A great tip is always to carry small amounts of water and frozen dog treats (keep treats in a Kong or a Chilly Penguin). These can be given to your dog every 15 to 20 minutes during activity!

2. Play in the Water 

Playing in the water can help to lower a dog’s body temperature in the scorching summer heat. Your dog only needs to be in enough water to get their paws and belly wet and should be supervised if they swim in deeper water. A wet dog is a cool dog, and involving some water play with your dog under sprinklers, in pools, or lakes can all be fun and cool for you and, more importantly, your dog! Driving with pets to places with shallow, cool water isn’t only a great summer activity but will also help keep your dog cool.

3. Lie Down in the Shade or a Cool Spot 

Dogs will instinctively look for the coolest spot to lie down. And if there isn’t one, you can create shade by using portable sunshades, patio umbrellas, and pop-up canopies. You could string up a tarp or cloth if needed too! It may be your best option if you’re looking for something smaller than a shaded pet bed. They’ll provide reliable shade for your dog in the summertime and are elevated off the ground to help with air circulation and keep them cool. Another option may be a cooling bed. This type of bed is made in different sizes and is made from heavy-duty plastic. The bed is filled with a cooling gel and is placed flat on the ground. This type of bed is perfect for older dogs or dogs with arthritis.

4. Have an Ice Pack, Cooling Mat, or Wet Towel Handy

This tip is as simple as it sounds. Offering an ice pack, cooling mat, or a wet towel will help to lower your pet’s body temperature when it’s hot outside. Use an ice pack wrapped in a blanket to put in your dog’s bed or place of rest to help your dog cool down and relax on a hot summer’s day. Fill cooling mats with cold tap water, ice packs that you may have to freeze overnight, or cooling gel. They work best when laid on the ground for your dog to sit on, while cool, wet towels work best when draped over your dog. This even works for dogs who have longer coats!

5. Use a Cooling Collar or Vest

Cooling collars and vests are like cooling mats. They are filled with a special cooling gel and designed to keep your dog’s body cool for a few hours. There are also cooling vests that aim to move heat from your dog’s body to the environment. These coats should be regularly doused in water, and as the water evaporates, this should help cool down your dog. Cooling vests are a great option when walking or hiking with dogs on warmer days. However, it’s still essential that you take precautions when keeping your dog cool on sweltering days.

6. Avoid the Midday Heat

Your best option at this time of day is to stay indoors. It may depend on where you live, but temperatures will typically be cooler in the early morning or late afternoon. Therefore, early morning or evening playtime walks and outside time will help avoid the midday heat while giving your dog enough exercise. While this tip may require you to adjust your routine ever so slightly, this small change can significantly impact your dog’s safety when it’s hot outside.

7. Avoid Exercising on Hot Days

Assess the heat and humidity each day before taking your dog out for an activity. If it’s hot, 80 or above, with high humidity, you should avoid any exercise with your dog on this type of day. Even on a cooler day, you should also remember to check the pavement temperature before walking your dog. Asphalt can specifically get extremely hot in direct sun! A great way to check if the ground is too hot for your dog is by using your hand. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’ll be too hot for your dog’s bare feet. At the same time, a walk on a hot day may not seem like much it can put your dog at a greater risk of heatstroke. Overweight dogs and dogs with certain medical conditions are also at more considerable risk.

8. Never Leave Your Dog in a Parked Car

Even on cooler days, the temperature inside a car can rise dangerously high! If you’re looking to take your dog on a road trip or start traveling with pets in the car this summer, then here are some handy tips:

Keep your car’s air conditioning on when driving with your dog and/or when the vehicle is parked. Don’t park in direct sunlight with your dog in the car. Keep an eye on your dog if they show signs of heatstroke, i.e., panting, salivating, discomfort, or disorientation. 


Dogs are prone to fatal heat stroke, so keeping your dog cool during the summer months is critical. As pet owners, the last thing we want is for our dogs to get sick or need emergency help from the Veterinarian. Keeping your dog cool will also make them feel happy and healthy. 

We at Canine Couture hope when the temperatures start to rise, you follow these 8 tips to keep your dog cool and safe while having fun under the summer sun. And don’t forget to keep your furry friend properly groomed.

Canine Couture offers all types of grooming services, and prices are specific to a dog breed, coat condition, type of haircut, size of pet, and any special handling requirements. Please reach out online to schedule an appointment or submit an inquiry. You can also reach us by phone at 404-301-8344 or by Email. (caninecouturegrooming@newtoatlanta.com)