Welcome back to the blog!
Read along for some of the methods we use to keep our little black dog from suffering in the heat during the summer months. I’m sure many of you will be aware of most of these tips and tricks, I’d love to know how you keep your dogs cool, leave a comment below!
Schedule change 🐾
Exercising Tilly early morning (before 9am) or evening (after 6pm) helps us avoid the hottest part of the day.
If you walk on pavement, or asphalt take extra care to make sure these surfaces are cool enough for your dog to walk on. A good rule to follow is to hold your hand to the floor for 5-7 seconds. If it’s too hot for you, it’s definitely too hot for you dog. Did you know surface temperatures can reach over double the air temperature?
A huge plus of walking around sunrise/sunset is enjoying golden hour!
Tilly is never one to do much moving in the midday sun anyway… so this way she can have a good walk, run, sniff about without being affected by the heat.
As with humans, access to fresh clean water is key! Miss T is a fussy one, and likes to watch her water bowl being refreshed before she’ll drink.
I recommend having lots of these collapsible bowls, put one in each car or bag, and you’ll never be caught without one! Not forgetting plenty of water to fill them with.
A summer tradition 🍦
A couple of other ways I coax fluids into Tilly are freezing treats in water, or making my own dog ice cube treats. Frequent ingredients of ours are goats milk, peanut butter, and whatever treats I have to hand. Cucumber is also a great snack for hot days, as it’s basically all water!
A recent love of ours is freezing goat’s yoghurt onto a lickimat, which gives Tilly well over 5 minutes of licking away. I bought ours from Devil Dood Deli, a fiver well spent!
Trim trim trim ✂
Many dogs are lucky with double layered coats, which help insulate against the heat.
Tilly being a poodle, is blessed with a dense, single layered wool type coat. During the summer months I trim her every 4/5 weeks. Of course not too short.. we don’t want to risk sunburn!
A shorter coat also makes it easier for spotting ticks, and bushing out debris such as sand or pollen.
One of the reasons I keep Tilly’s paws shaved is to aid perspiration. Dogs sweat through panting, and also through their paws. My logic is to keep her paws trimmed, and allow her body to do it’s thing!
A little extra help ⛱
On the rare occasion we are unable to escape the midday sun, we wouldn’t be without a cooling coat. Since buying one a few weeks ago, it has saved our skin a few times already!
You simply soak the coat and wring it out, and pop on the dog.
Another favourite of ours is a tube towel, which is ultra absorbent, and has the same effect as a cooling coat, I’ll either have Tilly lie down on this, or drape it over her.
I hope you found these tips useful, stay cool this summer!
Thank you for visiting our blog,
Amy 🙋🏻♀️ & Tilly 🐩