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How to Keep Your Dog Cool This Summer – Tips, Tricks, and What to Avoid

While summer can be a great time to have some fun in the sun, it’s also important to remember that keeping our best fur-riends safe and comfortable is also a priority. Dogs are more sensitive to heat than we are. So, if you’re feeling the heat outside, then keep in mind that your pups will be, too.

We’re here to share our best tips for having fun with your dog this summer while also staying cool and safe! Let’s get started:

1. Visit an indoor dog park!

Dogs of Tucson is our only local indoor dog park, with plenty of grr-eat options for summer fun. With a membership, you can come play and socialize with your pup anytime! They also host a ton of special events to give you something new to do all the time.

2. Go for a swim at a dog-friendly lake or pool.

This is a great way to cool off when you’re outside this summer! If your dog loves the water, then just make sure that they can swim before letting them loose and keep an eye on them while they’re in the water for safety. While we’re talking about water safety, consider getting your dog a leptospirosis vaccine! This bacterial infection can be passed to dogs through water, so protect your fur babies before your summer fun.

3. Sign your dog up for doggie daycare!

Dogs of Tucson also offers doggie daycare at their indoor facility, including plenty of playtime, affection, and fun enrichment from their professional rufferees. This is a paw-fect way to keep your dog happy, well-exercised, and comfortable during the day while you’re at work.

3. Pack well for other outdoor adventures.

Whether you’re spending time in your yard, on a walk, or going for a hike, make sure to pack for your dog’s comfort! We’d recommend dog shoes to protect their paw pads from hot surfaces, plenty of water and a bowl they can use.

While you’re spending quality time with your four legged friend this summer, please be sure to watch out for their safety. Spend some time in the shade, watch out for signs that they’re dehydrated or overheating, and don’t ever leave them alone in a hot car. We hope you’ll have lots of fun together this season!

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They are our children and family. We know you hate the thought of your pet being lonely. The look on your pet’s face when you head out for work or on vacation can leave us feeling guilt-ridden. We get it!

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