Summer is here! And you know what that means – fun in the sun, and outdoor adventures!
Being the companion dog that he is, your ‘Doodle is sure to love all this outdoor time with you! However, just like the warmer weather affects us, so it also affects our dogs. During the extreme temperatures, they’ll need a bit of extra attention to avoid potential problems.
Let’s take a look at some hot weather care tips you can do to keep your puppy safe, healthy and cool!
Dog Days Of Summer
Generally speaking, most ‘Doodles love playing outdoors no matter what the weather is like. But know your dog’s limits. Think of it this way: if it’s too hot for you it’s likely too hot for your puppy.
Don’t leave your Doodle in extreme heat for long periods of time. Puppies and elderly dogs are more susceptible to extreme temperatures, so be mindful of that when taking them out.
If your Doodle is an outdoor dog? Then you’ll need to take extra measures to keep him cool.
Hot Weather Care Tips You Should Know
1. Provide Plenty Of Water
This is a no-brainer, but make it a habit to provide fresh, cool water at all times. Without enough water, your dog could become dehydrated. If your dog is apt to tip over the water dish, make sure the dish is securely anchored in some way.
You might want to use a small bucket to ensure that your dog doesn’t run out of water. It’s also a great idea to invest in a portable bowl or water bottle, to have fresh water on the go!
Indoors or out, most dogs enjoy the occasional ice cube when the weather is hot, and a few cubes added to the water dish helps keep the water cool.
2. Provide Shelter
The second tip for hot weather care is providing adequate shelter. Don’t leave your pup out for long periods in a yard with no shade. Pay attention to the shade patterns to see what your yard is like, because prolonged sun exposure can lead to sun stroke.
It’s better to bring your Goldendoodles indoors during on the hottest days. If your dogs are outside, make sure they have proper shelter and shade to stay cool.
3. Give Your Doodle A Summer Clip
Consider giving your ‘Doodle a trim during the warmer months. Not only will a summer cut help him feel more comfortable, it will also make maintaining their coat more manageable.
However, you should avoid shaving their coat all the way down, he needs some fur to protect his skin from sun and insects. ‘Doodles can get sunburns too!
4. Don’t Skip The Bath
Yes, a part of hot weather care is regular bathing and grooming your dog. Keeping his coat maintained can help regulate body temperature, and get rid of fleas or ticks. U
If you have access to a pool, swimming is a fast and effective way for your dog to cool down! Most ‘Doodles have a natural love for any kind of water activity. If it’s not possible for you to go with your dog for a dip every day, invest in a sprinkler or plastic kiddy pool for the backyard.
5.Choose The Right Time For Outdoor Activities
Your ‘Doodle will still appreciate walks in the summer, but plan them for early morning or in the evening, when the air is cooler. You’ll both enjoy the walk more when it’s cooler, and you’ll avoid having your ‘Doodle burn his paws on hot pavement.
6. Give Your Doodle Cold Treats
What’s better than a cold treat on a hot day? Your ‘Doodle enjoys a cold treat too! A Kong toy filled with peanut butter and frozen, makes an excellent boredom buster. There are hundreds of doggy-treat recipes online to try, or just simple frozen fruits and veggies make a refreshing and healthy snack for your dog.
Discover your dog’s tastes by experimenting with different kinds. Read this article for more ideas on doggy snacks!
7. No Parked Cars!
Our last hot weather care tip – leaving your dog at home where he’s cool might be in your best interest. Cars can reach blistering temperatures even if the widows are cracked. Leaving your pup in a hot car in the summer is extremely hazardous, and can lead to heat stroke and/or death. If there’s a chance the dog might be left in the car for more than a few minutes, leave him at home.