It’s hard to say who loves summertime more: the kids, or the dogs! And just like the little ones, dogs need extra help when it comes to summer safety, especially since they won’t always show their discomfort.
Pups are also not built to cool down the way humans do—because their sweat glands are located in their paws and noses, you won’t see the same visible over-heating and sweat as you do with humans. And the same goes for cats and dogs: panting is a sign of trying to cool down.
There’s plenty of dog-friendly activities to do in Los Angeles and SoCal this summer.
But, while you adventure away, keep in mind these 7 ways you can stay involved without putting your pets at risk:
- Modify Your Dog Walks
This year, after a long and anxious spring, your pup probably can’t wait to hit the pavement! Being outdoors has never felt more like freedom, but as the months get hotter and hotter, it’s important not to forget to take precautions. For instance, you may want to schedule your dog walks for early mornings or in the evenings when it’s a bit cooler. That means staying on top of the local weather every day.
If you’re not sure whether or not it’s too hot for a walk, a good rule of thumb is to check the pavement: if you can’t keep your hand on the pavement for longer than it takes to count to 5, it’s probably too hot for your dog’s sensitive paws. And, whatever time of day it is, you’ll want to make sure you’re taking enough breaks and bringing along your dog’s portable food and water bowls.
- Make Sure There’s Plenty of Shade
It can be great to have a lot of space in the backyard, but unless you also have plenty of trees, there may not be enough shade for your pet to rest under when he’s outside. There are ways to provide shade for your pup without undertaking a huge DIY project! Most local home improvement stores will carry easy fixes when it comes to backyard shade solutions:
- Pop-up tents and gazebos
- Stand-alone patio umbrellas
- Backyard canopies
These solutions will add decorative flair to your backyard, but you can also invest in sunshades and lanais built specifically for dogs. If you’re crafty or big into DIY projects, you might just enjoy building your own with PVC and tarp!
- Get a Cooling Bed
During the hottest days of the year, your dog’s regular bed may not cut it, no matter how luxurious it is! Especially if your dog’s bed is thick and plush, (meant for winter), your dog may not even want to spend much time in it. Instead, consider a cooling dog bed or a cooling dog mat to let your pup rest up and cool down. There are a few different kinds of pads to consider buying for your dog this summer:
- Water beds: This kind of cooling bed may not be ideal for dogs who love to chew or dig into their beds, but they will stay cool for up to 5-7 hours and provide a nice cool spot for him to relax in.
- Pressure-activated: Try out a gel-based cooling mat that absorbs your dog’s temperature while also cooling them down.
- Phase-changing: These beds are filled with pads that are designed to stay at a nice, low temperature, and will stay cold the longest.
- Equip Your Pup With a Cooling Vest
Cooling vests are a great option for letting your dog stay active, out, and about while also making sure he’s safe and cool. We love the Swamp Cooler Dog Cooling Vest because it provides maximum coverage and comes in enough sizes to fit almost any dog! It’s also easy to take on and off and offers easy access for your pup’s leash.
For a simpler solution, you might want to check out dog collars and bandanas like the Pet Life NEO BREEZE Cooling Collar which utilizes an insertable gel pack to really cool your pup. Adjustable and flexible, your pup will thank you for the comfortable and cooling relief!
- Check Out Local Pools and Beaches
We’ve said it before and we’ll probably never stop saying it: we LOVE the dog-friendly atmosphere of Los Angeles! We’re lucky to live in a city with so many facilities just for dogs and can’t wait to take advantage of all the places to explore this summer.
This summer, take a tour of all the dog beaches that Southern California has to offer. There’s plenty of time to take a road trip with your pup and see if you can visit them all. Be sure to check out our other blog post to see where to go this summer with your pup!
- Stay at Home When It’s Too Hot
When it’s too hot, sometimes it’s simply safer to stay indoors. You can still beat the indoor blues, get creative, and make sure your pooch is staying active and healthy:
- Puzzle toys and dispensers: Is your dog a scholar? Let him figure it out! There are plenty of interactive dog puzzle toys on the market that come in a variety of “difficulties,” from beginner to expert. These are also a great way to keep your dog eating healthy, slow down on feeding, and improve digestion.
- Bully sticks: Keep that mouth busy and healthy! Bully sticks are great for keeping up with your dog’s dental hygiene and also for preventing him for taking his boredom out on something else… like your shoes!
- Kiddie pools: Depending on the size, you can get these for relatively cheap and let your dog splash around for a bit before heading back inside. Liven it up with some rubber, waterproof dog toys and create your own “dock diving” experience as he chases after it!
- Treat Your Dog With Frozen Goodies
One of the (many) great things about the summer is enjoying yummy frozen treats! Both kids and dogs alike can agree on that, and what makes it even more fun is when you can make your own frozen treats. There are plenty of recipes to try out that are great for dogs and their humans to share, but a recent favorite of ours is Frozen Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats. With just two ingredients, these are super easy to make! And it’s a great way to cool your pup down while making his tastebuds very, very happy.
And another healthy frozen treat that dogs love? You guessed it, Bazzy’s Frozen Kefir Treats! If you don’t already know the “scoop” on kefir, it helps boost the immunity system, aids with digestion, helps clear up skin issues, and more. If your dog loves those Frozen Peanut Butter Dog Treats, he’ll love our Bazzy's Blueberry Peanut Butter Frozen Kefir Treats. Whether you’re indoor or outdoors this summer, your pup will lick up every last drop trying to beat the heat!