Friday, 17 June 2016
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Chill Out! DIY Ideas for Keeping Dogs Cool this Summer

Collage of summer DIY ideas for dogs

This are cool, grey, wet, and wintery here, but many of our readers will be celebrating the arrival of summer next week.  In lieu of our usual Friday DIY, we have a round up of summer pet DIY ideas to help stay cool and healthy during hot weather.  We also have frozen dog treat recipes in the archives if you need a frosty snack or no-bake treats if you can't stand the thought of turning on the oven. :) Keep cool, furfriends!

Summer DIY Ideas for Dogs

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Keeping Dogs Cool in Warm Summer Weather 

To keep our dogs cool in warm weather, we like to run/walk early/late, wander through shady places, swim in the ocean, dip in the river, cruise in the car with the windows down (or AC chilling on faster routes), and rest in the shade. Chilly treats are used for special cool-downs and of course there is always plenty of fresh water available. Any bandana can be chilled or wetted for evaporation, but for longer lasting cooling, our dogs have cooling collars (non-DIY) and we will also wet the boys down or give them a rub with a damp chilly cloth with when its extra hot.  We have tried cooling beds with Oli in the past, but he didn't like lying on them - he's more of a cool tile/floor kind of guy.  In the garden, he likes to nest atop of my plants and burrow in the bark. Cheeky boy!  Humphrey on the other hand is quite a heat-seeking sunbathing tart, so we have to keep an eye on him...

Dalmatian dog lying on steps in the sunshine


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