Nine Ways To Help Your Dog Beat The Heat
It’s August and the dog days of summer are officially here, which can mean extra fun, but also extra care to keep your dog protected and out of super hot conditions. Here are some of my favorite ways to take advantage of vacation time and beach, pool or lake action with Lucie and our other dog friends. It’s all about staying cool, hydrated and safe.
First, if you’re setting sail or going out on a boat, the folks at Paws Republic have developed this ingenious doggy boat ladder (top, center). It’s easy to set up and is a real help to dogs that are arthritic, older, overweight, or, well, basset hounds like Lucie!
Paws Aboard, Doggy Boat Ladder ($275.00)
Before the group heads out for a day in the water or on the beach, take along training or chew toys that will hold up to moisture, and be sure to pack light. These Harry Barker, Dock Training Toys
are a great option and come in fun nautical/outdoor prints ($12.00)
This clamp-on umbrella
from West Marine is great for people AND dogs: it’ll snap onto a chair, golf bag or just about anywhere else you and your pooch might want to hang out. It features UPF 50+ sun protection and fold up neatly for travel. Sport-Brella, Versa-Brella ($19.99)
These fun dog floating loungers
could turn your dog into a world-class loafer, a la Benjamin in “Mrs. Robinson.” Coated vinyl and bright colors make it great for hanging in the pool or on the pool deck. Frontgate, Dog Pool Float & Loungers (from $69.50)
This could be the sleeper hit of the summer for those who like to hang out at home in the ‘burbs: a doggie-sprinkler attachment for the garden hose
can turn your yard into a total water amusement park. It’s safe (non-toxic, made of recycled plastic) and totally fun. And has been a go-to hostess gift for dog-owning friends with a patch of grass! Sukia Pet Toys, Waterbone Doggy Sprinkler ($12.99)
Short-haired and/or light colored dogs need sunscreen, just like their humans. We’ve used Epi-Pet for our Lucie.
It’s an easy to spray Doggy Sunscreen and it’s become a beach bag staple ($17.95)
Okay, there are days when I considered wearing one of these myself, especially down in the subway on a hot & humid commute. But for now, this Kool Kollar, Ice-Cooled Collar
is just for the dogs (from $16.95)
Summer hikes can be real downers when the bugs come out. To protect pets, these Insect Shield Bandanas
are treated with safe, effective repellant that lasts up to 70 washings. From Guardian Gear ($9.99)
How ’bout a freezable dog dish core that keeps water cool for 8 hours? We love the Frobo
— it’s a freezable pet dish that’s also good to take along on the road ($29.99)
Enjoy these dog days!
Have any favorite keep-it-cool tricks? We’d love to hear your ideas!