How to Keep Your Dog Cool in the Dallas Heat

June 22, 2023

Summer heat tips

With temperatures climbing in Dallas, the heat surrounding us gives no break, day or night. It can be hard to beat the heat, especially for our dogs. Dogs do not sweat like humans, instead relying on panting to bring down their temperature. Also, note that you should never shave a double-coated dog. The long hair helps slow the transfer of hot air to the dog’s body. Instead, try some of our top tricks below to keep your pup cool this summer.

Dog cooling mat

Cooling bandanas, vests, and collars

These are a great way to cool down your dog’s core temperature. There are many options on Amazon or Chewy. In most cases, all you do is run cool water over it and put it in the fridge for a few minutes. Then have your dog wear it during their outside activities. Remove the cloth when it stops being cool.  

Cooling Mat

Pick a cooling mat that is gel and pressure-activated, immediately cooling your dog as soon as they step on it. Like the bandanas, you can easily find dog cooling mats on Amazon. Most feature cooling that will automatically recharge after 20 minutes of non-use. No water, electricity, or refrigeration is needed. A cooling mat is especially great for older dogs that want a cool and comfortable spot to lay on in the house. 

Water sprinkler 

If your dog loves the hose, they’ll love this paw-activated water dispenser. It is more like a self-sprinkler than a simple water dispenser. With the push of a paw, water will stream straight up. Plus, the sprinkler attaches to your garden hose for easy assembly.

Kiddie pool or splash pad

A classic summer activity for dogs and kids. Either inflatable or plastic pools are available at most local retailers and online. Alternatively, you could purchase a splash pad, which has water shooting up. Dogs will love running through a giant water sprinkler.

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Dog crate fan - summer heat

Crate fan

Fans in the house can definitely help cool down your pup. For their naptime, you can purchase a fan designed to attach to their crate. It’ll keep your dog cool and circulate the air in the room, while you are away.

Pool toys

If you are lucky enough to have a pool in your backyard, have you considered some new pool toys just for your pup? A floating bed may be a nice treat or a new floating squeaky ball will keep your dog jumping in all day. 

Dog Park

For those of us that are pool-less, bring your pup to a local dog park that has a pool inside or lake access. White Rock Lake Dog Park and Northbark Dog Park are both a couple of our water-friendly options in Dallas. 

Pet Noggle in your car

More commonly used for children in the backseat, the Noggle extends cool air from the front vent directly to the back seat. It’s the ultimate summer comfort when climbing into a hot car. Your dog will be grateful for the blast of cool air on any summer day.  

Frozen dog treats

Have you ever made your own pupsicle? It couldn’t be simpler. First, purchase a mold. There are many shapes to choose from – stars, hearts, and classic popsicle. We recommend skipping the popsicle stick, though, as it’s a choking hazard. Next, pick some dog-friendly ingredients, like yogurt, peanut butter, banana, apple, spinach, watermelon, etc. If you are starting with dry ingredients, just blend them with water or even coconut water for extra liquidity. The tasty possibilities are endless! 

Indoor daycare

Daycare is a great option for social dogs that want to spend all day playing. In the summer, consider an indoor daycare that keeps the AC on and temperatures cool. Your dog will love romping with their friends in a climate-controlled facility. 

We hope you found our summer cooldown tips helpful and can continue to enjoy the dog days of summer!

In the hotter months, always watch for signs of heatstroke in dogs. Symptoms may include:

  • Lethargy or the dog is disoriented
  • Vomiting
  • Heavy panting and difficulty breathing
  • Excessive drooling
  • Bright red gums and tongue

If you see any of these signs, immediately bring your dog somewhere cooler and pour cool water on their face, ears, stomach, and armpits. Note, cold or ice water should not be used, as this may create shock. Then, get your dog to the vet immediately, continuing to cool them down on the way. Heatstroke can be fatal!

Dallas heat tips for dogs