Panting. Shedding. Whining. And that’s just you. In this hot, hot heat, your dog is also likely not too happy about being cooped up in the AC. Where to go? What to do? Field Trip! Here are a few of our favorite ways to get out of the house and keep your dog cool (temperature-wise; we know pup’s rad AF).
Indoor Dog Parks
Indoor dog parks can be a wonderful option for pups that get the zoomies or really want to romp, socialize and play. Bonus: You stay cool, too. Some even serve food and drinks so you can socialize and imbibe while pup gets her wiggles out.
First: Climate control that car! Make your mobile environs comfortable, cool and life-affirming before letting Spot in. Second: Be sure every stop on your list welcomes dogs; pooches cannot be left in the car in such excessive heat. Three: Go, dog, go! What’s on your to-do list? Several hardware stores allow and welcome dogs. Many banks are dog-friendly—call your branch to verify—and so are dry cleaners and liquor stores.
Puppy Pool Play Date
Lots of you have backyard kiddie pools that Rover has been known to splash in on a steamy day. Invite 2-legged friends with 4-legged family members over, set up the pool under a shady tree, and get out the garden hose. Throw in some balls or squeaky toys and you’ve got a party. As with human kids, never leave furbabies unattended near water.
The Pet Store
But of course! Most pet stores’ll gladly welcome you and your pooch. Shop for pet food, get a new toy or treat, and chill out with your very best pal by your side.
What are your fave ways to keep your dog cool in the dog days of summer? Let us know in the comments section & be sure to tag @SidewalkDog #SidewalkDog in all your summer adventures.
Featured photo: Mia Anderson