10 Fun Ways to Keep Your Dog Cool This Summer

When the sun’s beating down and shade is hard to find, it can be tough to keep dogs cool. But it’s essential to keep an eye on our furry friends and make sure they don’t overheat on long summer days. So for those of you with a hot dog on your hands, here’s our go-to guide for all the summer essentials you need to combat those scorching temps.

Convertible dog float

Image: Bark Shop

1. COVERTIBLE DOG FLOAT BY FUNBOY X BARK

With enthusiasm for novelty inflatables at fever pitch, it was about time someone cottoned on and made a doggie version. This bright pink float will keep your pooch cool in the pool (if you’re lucky enough to have one) and even comes with a matching human-size version. Available at barkshop.com

Cooling Mattress

Image: Danish Design

2. COOLING MATTRESS BY DANISH DESIGN

Let’s face it, some dogs just will not get in the water. Hydrophobic hounds can try this cooling mattress instead, which can be used as is, or placed in the fridge for some extra freeze. It’s wipe clean, and filled with non-toxic gel – for anyone that has a determined chewer to deal with. Available at www.danishdesign.co.uk

dog paddling pool

3. COOLING DOG POOL BY ROSEWOOD

You don’t even need to worry about inflating this pup-sized pool, which unpacks ready to be filled with water. Fortified plastic means less punctures, and the entire thing packs into a bag ready for travel. Available at https://fetch.co.uk/rosewood-cooling-dog-pool-408278011

Dawson life jacket

Image: Outward Hound

4. DAWSON SWIM LIFE JACKET BY OUTWARD HOUND

If it’s all too much and you’ve planned a trip to the beach, then you might want to invest in a doggie life jacket – especially if your dog’s new to this swimming lark. Outward Hound’s jacket is extra visible, and includes rescue handles, just in case. Available at outwardhound.com

Swamp cooler

Image: Ruffwear

5. SWAMP COOLER COOLING VEST BY RUFFWEAR

Some breeds are more prone to overheating than others, so if your dog suffers in the sun, wrap them in this cooling jacket by Ruffwear which reflects heat. It comes in a wide range of sizes, and is machine washable for mucky pups. Available at www.ruffwear.co.uk.

Doggy drencher

Image: Amazon UK

6. DOGGY DRENCHER BY OUTWARD HOUND

Everyone knows there’s hours of fun to be had with a dog and a hose pipe, right? Well this toy takes out some of the hard work. And while your dog’s chasing the spinning sprinkler, you can sit down in the shade and enjoy an ice cream. Available at www.amazon.co.uk. 

Magisso dog bowl

Image: Magisso

7. SELF-COOLING DOG BOWL BY MAGISSO

Keep food fresh with this ceramic dog bowl, which only needs to be soaked in water for 60 seconds to stay cool for hours. As an extra bonus, its 3D bone shape also slows down greedy gobblers at dinner time. Available at magisso.com.

cooling bandana Pets at Home

Image: Pets at Home

8. COOLING DOG BANDANA BY GO FRESH PET

Who doesn’t love a dog in a bandana? This extra lightweight version keeps pups cool with its ice-cooling net fabric. Simple soak in water, wring, and wear. Available at www.petsathome.com

LaRoo toy

Image: LaRoo

9. LAROO DOG TOY

No StyleTails summer guide would be complete without an ice cream-shaped toy. These giant chewie lollies and cones not only have the novelty factor, they can be filled and frozen to help bring down hot dogs’ temperatures. Available at www.amazon.co.uk. 

collapsible bowl

Image: Outdoor GB

10. QUENCHER COLLAPSIBLE DOG BOWL BY RUFFWEAR

Carrying water is absolutely essential on hot days, to make sure dogs stay well hydrated. This collapsible fabric bowl squashes right down to fit into your bag, and comes in three sizes – so it’s got even the thirstiest canine covered. Available at www.outdoorgb.com

Have you found some fun ways to keep your dog cool this summer? Tell us about it in the comments below! 

Emma Tucker is a London-based writer and editor, who's been covering all things design-related for the past six years. After studying English Literature she spent several years working at magazines including Dezeen and Creative Review, before going freelance. Emma's now a regular contributor to several magazines, including The Spaces and Pitch, and also works with design brands on copywriting and editorial projects. On a day-to-day basis she's assisted by puppy PA and cockapoo Bear.

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