BorrowMyDoggy BlogHealth and advice1 July 2021Top tips for keeping your dog cool this summer

Top tips for keeping your dog cool this summer

With the hottest days of the year upon us, we understand you want to be outside enjoying the sunshine alongside your dog. Whether you read our article on outdoor activities to do with your dog or are planning a holiday with our dog friendly holiday guide, there are a few simple things you can do to ensure their health and wellbeing while spending time in the sun this summer.

Day to day care

If you’re staying in on a hot day, ensure your pup has a room to relax and cool off in and provide them with fresh water throughout the day. You could also provide them with a fan near their bed which can help on hot nights too.

We can’t always prevent our dogs from following us around, even when we tell them to go and lay down because it’s too hot. If you want to spend time in the sun but you’re worried about your dog, provide a shady spot near you with an umbrella and maybe a paddling pool that they can dip in and out of. A paddling pool is also a great way for them to play and wear off some of their energy while waiting for their evening walk.

Even on hot days, your dog may still require their daily walk. Of course, this depends on your dog and their health but it is a good idea to keep up their routine. It is recommended to take them early in the morning before the temperature increases and in the evening when it has started to cool down again. As a general rule, if the pavement is too hot for you to put your hand on for a few seconds, it will be too hot for your dog’s paws.

Doggy member Carlos
Doggy member Carlos

Adventures away from home

If you are planning on taking a long walk or a day out that involves your dog, then you may need a little extra planning.

Whether you are enjoying a picnic in the park or exploring outdoors, you will need to look for shade for your dog so they can rest and cool off after walking or sitting in the sun. Remember to pack a water bowl and some fresh water, so you can offer them a drink every so often.

You know your dog and their health the best and will know how much they can handle. Keep an eye on them at all times to check for signs of exhaustion or heat stroke. Take breaks when you can to sit and cool down for a few minutes before carrying on with whatever activity you may be doing!

Signs of Heatstroke

  • Excessive panting and dribbling
  • Collapsing
  • Increased heart rate

Action to take

  • Cool water on coat
  • Cool place and offer water
  • Call vet


If you want to find out more about preventative care for heat or visiting the beach with your pooch, you can read our article on beach safety here.

We hope you have a wonderful summer in the sun with your favourite furry friend and don’t forget to share your photos with us across our social media!

Know someone who’d love this?

Health and advice8 October 2021

Autumn plants toxic to dogs

As the seasons change, plants and trees are starting to produce, we have put together a list of common plants and whether they pose a serious risk to your dog. Read more
Health and advice8 October 2021

5 Tips for walking your dog in the dark

With autumn and winter upon us it's important to keep you and your dog safe during the darker evenings, here are a few things to consider when walking your dog.Read more
Health and advice10 September 2021

Why BorrowMyDoggy is 'pawfect' for students

Did you know that BorrowMyDoggy has been working with some student unions across the country to get students memberships? See why BorrowMyDoggy is great for students!Read more
Health and advice26 July 2021

Protecting your dog from pests & insects

Here is some prevention tips and handy advice about certain critters, pest and creatures that may be harmful to your dog if they come into contact with them.Read more

Improve employee wellbeing

Offer BorrowMyDoggy for Work as a unique work perk!
Check it out