The dog days of summer are approaching, everyone. While we have some months before July, the first day of summer and summer solstice is nearing (June 20th). When the summer months are hot as can be, it can be a miserable time for your pup.
How can you work against these hot days to make sure your pooch stays cool and avoids dehydration, heatstroke, and more? Here is a list of summer essentials to keep your canine companions safe and sound this summer.
We start with the most obvious of summer essentials: your dog's drinking water. Whenever you are away from home doing outdoor activities or your dog doesn't have access to their water bowl, you have to have a backup plan. Numerous dog owners carry around a water bottle that has an attachment that doubles as a temporary water bowl.
Other dog owners may carry a standard water bottle (or portable water bottle) and a collapsible water bowl like this one from Joyride Harness. Pay attention to your dog's thirst to avoid overheating and keep your dog's hydration leveled.
2. A Pool
You don't have to start a construction operation to get a pool for your pooch. You can pick up a kiddie pool from your local Walmart or Target and fill it with cool water and your pup will 100% be happy. Keeping a kiddie pool in your backyard gives your pup the option to take a refreshing dip on a hot day.
3. Sunscreen Pet Products
Sun protection is a top priority even with your pooch especially if your pup is a dog breed that is shorthaired, making their skin more exposed to the sun's uv rays. Thankfully, there are dog safe sunscreen pet products on the market to protect your dog's skin. Avoid human sunscreen as it contains chemicals that are toxic for dogs.
4. A Quality, Breathable Harness
For long walks, dips in fresh water and salt water, and more, the Joyride Harness is a great solution for summer outdoor activities and walks. The material is a breathable mesh with absorbent fabric which is an essential factor in the construction for your pupper's comfort. Thicker harnesses may use fabric that traps the heat for your dog, making their summer days not so fun.
5. Frozen Goodies
Stock up your freezer with homemade frozen treats and goodies for your fur baby to enjoy. There are countless recipes online for both freezer and treats that only need refrigeration.
If your dog spends time on the patio or outdoors a lot, make sure they have a shaded area they can escape to from the sun. If your patio isn't covered, consider investing in an outdoor canopy or tent for your dog's mat and voila! Your dog has more shade.
7. Booties or Paw Protection
The warmth of asphalt is rising to hot temperatures this summer that can do damage to your dog's paws. Steer clear of walking paths that are baking under the sun and keep your dog off the asphalt if they do not have booties or paw protection of some sort.
This is just a sampling of tips and informational posts we offer at Joyride Harness. You can find more content including tips and tricks and how-tos for caring for your dog on our blog in this section.