Dog Days of Summer

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What do you do when it gets hot? Crank up the air-conditioning if you’ve got it, right? Go for a swim, take a cool shower, go for a ride in the car with the windows down, eat ice cream. Lots of different things to do when it gets hot.
How about your pets, what do they like to do when it gets hot?
Both Jack and Maggie are seniors and they like to sleep a lot. One of Maggie’s favorite ‘cool’ spots is outside, under the deck in the dirt. I’m sure it’s nice and cool and dank under there and it is her “go to” hot day spot.
Jack prefers to stay in the house (with me) but when it’s hot, he will sprawl out in the living room between the front door and the deck door so he can get a nice cross breeze across his belly.
If your dog spends time outside, make sure they have shade to lie down in and if they are in the house while you are at work, don’t turn the air off completely, or leave a fan going for them. And always make certain they have plenty of fresh clean water to drink to stay hydrated.
If you exercise your dog (which you should do every day), do it in the early morning or late evening hours when it is cooler. Or get a cooling vest and a cooling mat so the can cool down quickly.

Swimming is also a great way to cool down. We don’t have a swimming pool, probably one of the few Californians without one, but where we live we get ocean breezes that keep it pretty cool here. We have a Doggie Day Spa that has a pool that you can reserve, and we have taken Jack & Maggie there. It was probably a year and a half ago (before our Big Bear trip) and neither one of them wanted to go in the water. We also have a stream near our house that the like to wade in. It’s a little rocky, but we can still go there and cool off.
And then of course we have the ocean. It’s about a 30 minute drive to get to a beach that allows dogs. You would think we would go more often, the Pacific Ocean is cold…very cold and it’s usually pretty windy, so it’s not the type of atmosphere to bring a picnic and lounge all day – at least not for me.


Cool treats are always fun. That includes frozen treats or just treats that have been in the fridge. One of Jack & Maggie’s favorite summer treats is watermelon. We have some almost every night and they are right there looking for their share. Steve made the mistake of handing Jack a whole piece thinking he would eat around the rind…ha, bad idea…the whole thing was gone in a heartbeat.
We haven’t been motivated enough to actually make any frozen treats yet, but we love all the recipes we see at Emma’s Sugar & Kol’s website. Tasty Tuesday Blog Hop is great to get some good recipes.
Here’s a few more tips in an infographic from The Uncommon Dog.



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  1. I love the graphics! Those are awesome! When I lived in Oregon, the heat wasn’t a huge problem. It would get hot for a few days here and there. We just made shorter trips to the park on those days and tried to stay inside when we could. Now that we are in California it is so much harder. It’s hot for so many days on end.. The girls and I become kind of lethargic when it’s this hot. I just try and keep the fresh water going, mist them down when needed and when I can I will use a/c. We don’t leave them in the car at all and only go to pet friendly places. I’m thinking about getting some cooling vests.
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    • It’s tough to keep them cool when they want to be dogs and run around. Cooling vests are probably a good idea.
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  2. Here in SC, it gets humid as well as hot, which in my opinion is a lot worse. We have central air, and it’s on all day long. We don’t have a pool, but we have plenty of shade in the back yard. If it’s not too buggy, the girls and I will play in the yard in the morning and relax in the house the rest of the day. I only take them in the car with me if I know I can take them to a dog-friendly place. Besides, all the climbing in and out of the car is hard on Callie and Shadow now that they’re seniors.
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  3. Thanks for the ideas for the cool ideas.
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  4. we have to wait till september for the beach, but while waiting I use the cold tiles on the floor when it is hot outside :o)
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  5. I’m always surprised at how well my two handle the heat. Their coat is amazing for keeping them cool. When I’m home, the have complete indoor and outdoor access. Instead on staying in the A/C, they prefer to lay outside in the shade.

    • Interesting, you would think they’d want to be in the AC. Our dog Tino spent his days outside too – but he had short hair.
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  6. We’ve had a couple of really hot days. I’ll wet Mr. N down. He acts immensely offended but he stops panting!
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  7. We’re happy this summer is on the cool side as we don’t deal well with heat. When it is hot out we walk or run early, and spend most of the day in the house with the a/c on. I like to lie right on top of a vent. We also get our pool out sometimes to stay cool, and of course, we love frozen treats.
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    • You lie in the middle and block the air for everyone else? Good for you Emma – you’re the star, you need to stay cool.
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  8. My huskies do tons of stuff to stay cool. Mika loves to swim, they all love to lay right on the floor by our air conditioner, and they get frozen treats quite often! While we are outside, they chillax in the shade 🙂
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  9. I am interested in one of those cooling vests for Ace. He gets so hot on our walks sometimes, even when I don’t think it’s warm at all.

    Love the picture of Maggie sleeping in the dirt. She makes me smile.
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  10. That watermelon shot is classic! And when not used in the mob-sense, dirt naps are quite a nice way to relax.

    • Tino loved them too – funny how some dogs do and some don’t.
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  11. We love to take trips to the ocean on the really hot days. Unfortunately the dogs almost always zero in on some dead thing that the ocean has thrown up on the beach and we have a most stinky drive home.
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    • Oh, I n=know THAT behavior…one of my reasons to not go too.
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  12. Thank you for joining the blog hop!! Lots of great tips here for keeping cool. This summer we’ve almost always had a nice breeze blowing and I will limit our afternoon walk, so they don’t get too warm.

    How did Jack do with the rind? I would be panicking a little, worried about a blockage. Last night Delilah got a lemon seed and I’m keeping my eyes on her. 🙂
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    • Well, he didn’t get the rind in the picture – it was a smaller one…but didn’t seem to phase him or Maggie, because she did it too.
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  13. I love the watermelon shot. My dog loves watermelon and every now and then we come across a watermelon rind from someone’s trash and she always looks so disappointed that the watermelon is gone 🙂 We walk early in the morning and late at night but sometimes the humidity is just awful, it’s like walking through a sauna and then we cut our walks short.

    • You’re lucky she doesn’t go for the rind too.
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  14. Love the picture of Jack eating the cool watermelon, I haven’t turned the air on all summer, we really haven’t had a summer :(. When it is hot at night while sleeping Glory will go lay on the tile bathroom floor, the other two will pant laying in bed and don’t get a clue.
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    • Wow – well I guess there is still time for it to get hot. Good to see who has the brains in the group 😉
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  15. Thanks so much for joining the hop. Great tips. We really have not had a warm summer. Of course we have a couple of hunt tests coming up and it will probably be 100. 🙂
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  16. Bentley LOVES to lay out in the direct sunshine. He always has, even the summer we had 40+ days over 100! Then, he comes inside and goes belly-up under the ceiling fans. I don’t see how he stands it, his fur is sooo hot. He claims it gives him vitamin E. ☺
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  17. We have holes under a lot of our trees where the dogs dug an area to lay in and cool off!
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  18. Harley loves the garage floor. Doodle Dad spends a great deal of time on the yard, and Harley will lay out on that cold concrete slab – catch a breeze every now and again, and fall asleep.

  19. Jack what big teeth you have! Love Dolly

  20. Great post! Thanks for sharing the graphic. I just recently made a post about vehicles and keeping your dog safe during the warmer weather. I hope it helps those of us that do a lot of traveling with dogs. I have a tracking and trailing dog for search and rescue so we spend a lot of time in the heat.
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