Having a little black dog, it’s a nightmare when there’s a little bit of sun. With a thick double coat, Rufus can get hot pretty quickly no matter if he’s just been trimmed at the Groomers or not. So, we try and take summer as lazily as we can in our household so he still enjoys the summer but not getting overheated. Unfortunately, in the warm weather beach trips are off limits for us but there’s still ways how we can enjoy the sunshine without a sandy shore.
Last year I bought a paddling pool when we had that crazy summer spell and Rufus loved it. At this point, he wasn’t a huge fan of water, but since discovering his love for getting wet, I dread to think what he’ll be like when we get the paddling pool out this year! It’s a great way to sit in the garden and enjoy the outdoors with your dog as they can go in and out of the pool as they please. But some water friendly toys in, like Chuck It Balls, and you’re pooch will be well away! You can grab paddling pools for around £5 on Amazon!
As tempted as it is to grab your pooch, go for a walk in the sun and stop off at the beer garden and chill, sometimes, it’s just not the right decision. When it’s super warm, we always swap our walks for evening ones and stick to shaded woodlands areas where the ground is a lot cooler. It’s always a bonus if we can find somewhere with a stream so Rufus can play in the water. If it’s too hot for the back of your hand to be on the pavement, it’s too hot for your dog to be walking on it. If you are planning to be outside with your dog all day, make sure that they have access to shade and water so they can cool off if need be.
Frozen treats are a brilliant way to cool off if it gets too hot. One of my favourite way is to stuff a kong with treats and freeze it overnight and it’ll happily keep Rufus occupied in the garden for a few hours. There’s also some great doggy ice cream brands. If in doubt, go for the old faithful trick of giving your dog some ice.
ENJOY TIME INDOORS
As lovely as it is to sit in the garden, sometimes I’ll happily just sit inside with Rufus so I know he’s cool and fine. If your house is generally quite cool you can really enjoy playing training games or a quick game of fetch. If I am going to sit outside, I make sure that there is somewhere he can lie down in the shade, he has access to water and can go inside if he does get too hot. Sometimes, it’s better spending the day in the garden rather than outside in a field!