Making your dog's summer more bearable: 8 tips

High temperatures, lots of sunshine, and thick dog fur - a dog sometimes has a hard time in summer. For many four-legged friends, the hot days are a real pain. It is all the more important that we make life easier for our animal partners in the summer. The following eight tips can help. "A little more boating and then aaaaaab into the cool water," thinks this summer dog - Shutterstock / mikeledray

Dogs cannot regulate their body temperature as easily as we humans do. They cannot take off their fur like clothes. When it is very hot, dogs pant and cool their bodies. The four-legged friends also give off a little warmth through their skin. However, you should not leave your fur nose alone in the fight against the summer heat.

1. Avoid midday heat

It is best not to expose your dog to the midday heat. If the sun is at its highest and has a merciless effect on the fur, in the worst case it can lead to sunstroke or heat stroke in the dog. Long walks or sports activities are better done in the cooler morning or evening hours.

2. Adapt activity to temperatures

The summer heat is a great strain on the organism, both for humans and for dogs. Adapt your dog's physical activity to the circumstances. Your dog should do without strenuous things such as running next to the bike at high temperatures. Less is often more in summer. Move less demanding games to the shadows.

3. Avoid long car journeys

Animals heat up faster in the car than people and should therefore never be locked in the car - no open window can help either. Long journeys should also be avoided in summer, as these dogs are very hard on. Speaking of driving a dog: Dogs can quickly get conjunctivitis from the wind when the windows are open. Incidentally, the same danger also arises in connection with switched on air conditioning in the car and in the apartment.

4. Proper nutrition

Animals use less energy at high temperatures because the body does not need to be warmed from the inside and there is usually less movement. Therefore adapt the dog food to the "summer laziness" of your animal partner. Smaller, digestible portions are preferable to large, heavy meals on hot days.

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5. Offer sufficient water

Of course you have to offer your dog a lot of water in summer. As for people, drinking is especially important for animals on hot days. Tip: Make sure that you change the water in the bowl every few hours so that no germs can form due to the high ambient temperatures.

6. Helper against the heat

You can also arm your dog against the heat with little helpers. Chilled ceilings, cooling mats and cool envelopes protect your dog from overheating in summer. Also practical: a cooling collar. Ask specialist retailers for suitable gadgets for the warm season.

7. Dog pool in summer

A dog pool is the highlight for every dog ​​in summer. If you have the options, set up a pool or a paddling pool for dogs and offer your four-legged friend the chance to refresh themselves in the cool water. This four-legged friend shows in the video how much fun a little splashing around in summer can be:

8. Groom dog fur

Care for the dog fur particularly intensively in summer. Regular combing and brushing will help your dog remove unnecessary fur. You can find more on the topic in the guidebook for dog fur shears: hairstyle for the summer