Check out these tips for keeping your dog cool while camping or spending the day outside.
Our dog, Cooper, loves going places with us. He gets so excited when he gets to go in the car. He especially likes to go camping with us. It’s been unusually hot and humid this summer, so we are taking extra steps to keep him cooled off when we are in the great outdoors. Dogs get overheated easily. How would you feel wearing a coat in the summer heat?
Tips for Keeping Dog Cool While Camping
Dog Water Dispenser
Self-Filling Water Bowl – These are fun and easy to make. You just need a water bowl, a cleaned out plastic drink container and a knife or scissors. Cut a hole on the bottle about an inch or two from the bottom, depending on how deep you want your water. Cover the hole with your finger, fill with water, replace the lid, then set the bottle into the water dish. The water will fill the bowl until the hole is covered and won’t overflow. The vacuum pressure in the bottle keeps it from filling too much. As the water level goes down, the bottle will automatically fill until the hole is covered again.
Shade – Make sure your dog has shade to lay in. The sun might feel good to you, but your dog can get too hot.Use a fan – We bring a dog crate with us for Copper to rest or sleep in. we set it up in the shade and then blow a fan on it. This was very effective in the heat of the day.
DIY Dog Cool Bed
Doggie Cool-Off Pad – I created this Cool-Off Pad that has pockets for ice packs. I froze the ice packs before we headed out to the campground and sorted them in the cooler until we were ready to use them. When my dog hot I put the ice packs in place for my dog to lay on. You can find out how to make a pad like this for your dog here.Frozen Ice Treat – Cooper loves to frozen treats. I create them for him out of items that are safe for dogs. I created a small treat in an old food container for this trip that he had a lot of fun gnawing at. You can get directions for how I make these here.
Walk during cooler hours – Make sure to walk your dog during the cooler times of the day, which are morning or evening hours.Cooper has a tendency to get a seizure when he is overheated. I’m happy to report that we’ve kept him cool and he’s been seizure free for years.
Do you take your dog out camping, hiking or to other activities? How do you keep your pooch cool?