How To Keep Dogs Cool Without AC
As dog owners ourselves, we know what it means to see a dog struggle with the heat. The excessive panting, sluggish movements, and that oh so sweet look your pup gives you when they’re struggling.
You just want to help them but you don’t know how. If you want to know how to cool down a dog without air conditioning then keep reading because we have the perfect selection of tips for you and your dog.
Helpful Tips To Cool Your Dog Down:
- Leave lots of water for your dog: Dogs should always have access to fresh, cold water but it is even more imperative during the summer. Depending on the size of your dog’s water bowl, you might need to leave a second bowl or buy them a larger bowl for them just to be sure they have plenty of water. Position the bowl in a place where they are least likely to spill it. Also, place the bowl in a cool place so as to keep it cool.
- Provide your dog with a cool surface: If your dog is not confined to a crate, we suggest allowing them access to a cool surface like a tile or linoleum floor. If you’ve ever watched your dogs on a hot day you have probably seen them seek out the coolest crib in the house.
Right now, even with the air conditioning running, Jackson is napping in his crate with the door wide open and his kennel pad pushed to the side because he likes the cool surface. If your dog is crated while you are not home you might need to move the crate to the coolest part of the house.
- Provide a breeze: Whether it’s a fan or open windows, a breeze can help your dog cool down. It is important to make sure that the fan is in good condition and not a fire hazard and that your dog cannot jump out of an open window. You can purchase window security bars to prevent your dog from opening a window all the way. If you do leave a fan running while you are gone, make sure your pet cannot tip it over into curtains or on the bed.
- Have someone check in on your dog if you’re not around: You can have a dog sitter, friend or family member look in on your dog partially through your work day to make sure that your home is still at a safe temperature for your dog’s comfort and safety.
- Get a cooling pet bed: Cooling pet beds help your dog get that nice cool surface that she seeks. Some are filled with water and others are made of special materials that help your dog cool down.
- Invest in remote monitoring devices: There are some inexpensive monitoring devices that will monitor the temperature in your home and send you text alerts or provide information via an app on your phone so you can determine if your home is at a safe temperature for your dog while you are away. I have not tried any of them so do not have recommendations but if I do you can be certain I will blog about it.