10 Summer Hacks to keep your dog cool and happy

10 Summer Hacks to keep your dog cool and happy

Imagine: on an oppressively hot summer day, Luna, an energetic Border Collie, is playing freely in her backyard with boundless energy as she chases after her favourite toy with abandon. Meanwhile, across the street, Winston, an elderly Bulldog, struggles to find relief from the oppressive heat, his panting becoming heavier with each passing minute.

Summer brings many pleasant images of fun in the sun for us and our beloved canine companions; however, it also poses considerable dangers to their wellbeing. Brachycephalic breeds such as Winston and senior dogs are especially susceptible to heatstroke and dehydration during these hotter months.

The Basil is your one-stop shop for all things pet-related. It provides your furry friends with everything they need to stay calm and comfortable during the heat of summer. The Basil offers essentials and expert advice to ensure your furry pal stays safe and happy during this year's scorcher.

Join us as we unveil 10 essential Summer hacks for dogs designed to help dog owners beat the heat and keep their pups cool, content, and healthy all summer. We have covered your summer needs, from hydration tips to innovative cooling solutions. Let's dive in.

Summer Sun and Dog’s Fun

Summertime is ideal for you and your pet dog to spend quality time together through outdoor activities, from refreshing dips in the pool to leisurely walks through parks or backyard romps. There are always many ways to have fun together in the warm sun. Take advantage of it by engaging in interactive games, exploring new trails or simply lounging under an awning; summer is full of possibilities, and it promises cherished memories and strengthens the special bond you share.

10 Summer Hacks for Dog Parents

Hydration Hero

With temperatures rising in summer heat waves, proper hydration for your furry companion is of the utmost importance. Make sure fresh, cold water is available both indoors and outdoors—portable water dispensers or bowls specifically designed to keep cool will provide constant refreshment. For an extra cooling boost, freeze some bowls for added icy treats that will entice your pet to drink up more often!

Shady Sanctuary

Provide your pup with plenty of shade to keep him or her cool during outdoor playtime. Consider investing in summer essentials for pets/dogs like shade sails, umbrellas, or pop-up tents. You can also create an economical DIY cool corner using shade cloth and strategically placed plants for maximum relief from the heat.

Beat the Heat with a Cool Bed

Make summer months easier on both you and your pup by providing them with a cool bed or mat designed to regulate body temperature in dogs. This provides instantaneous relief from sweltering heat. Explore The Basil's selection of cooling beds to find one that fits. To quickly cool off, freeze a damp towel for your pet to lie on.

Frozen Treats and Toys

Keep your pup cool with frozen toys and treats. Create refreshing homemade frozen dog treats using healthy ingredients, offering your furry pal a tasty reward. Or explore summer essentials for pets/dogs such as freezable Kong toys for hours of frozen amusement.

Water Games Galore

Enjoy water play's cooling benefits by engaging in fun-filled water games with your pup! Sprinklers, kiddie pools or gentle hose spraying provide a relaxing way for them to beat the heat, and The Basil has everything from splash pads or small dog pools for keeping your dog cool and entertained to splash pads for extra splash pads or splash pads that offer even more relief from summer heat. For safety's sake, always ensure a gentle setting when water is being played so no accidents occur during water games with your pup!

Early Morning or Evening Walks

Protect your pet from the heat by scheduling early morning or evening walks during cooler times—such as early morning or evening—rather than opting for peak sun hours when temperatures soar. Instead, opt for alternative activities like indoor play sessions or chew toys to keep your pet active and engaged.

Pawsitive Protection

Take measures to safeguard your dog's delicate paws during summer walks. Before setting out, inspect the pavement using your hand to make sure it's safe for your furry friend, and equip him/her with paw protection booties, available from The Basil, to shield their delicate pads from scorching pavement heat.

Never Leave Your Dog in a Hot Car

Make yourself aware of the potential repercussions of leaving your dog unattended in a hot car, even for short periods. Temperatures inside cars can quickly reach life-threatening levels within minutes, and it is always best to put your pup's safety first by never leaving him or her alone in one, even with cracked windows.

Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin

Protect dogs with light-coloured fur or hairless breeds from UV rays by applying pet-safe sunscreen products from The Basil's selection formulated especially for canines. Your furry friend will stay safe and comfy under the sun!

Know the Signs of Heatstroke in Dogs

Be familiar with the signs and symptoms of heatstroke in dogs, such as excessive panting, drooling and lethargy. If you suspect your pup is suffering from heatstroke, seek medical help and visit a veterinary clinic immediately - knowledge of its signs could save its life during hot summer days!


These 10 Summer hacks for dogs provide essential tools to ensure that they remain cool, safe, and happy in the scorching heat. From providing ample hydration and shade to engaging your pup in water games and treats, each hack aims to improve your dog's summer experience while safeguarding his well-being—prioritising comfort and health during these warm months is of the utmost importance.

At The Basil, we offer all summer essentials for pets/dogs—products designed to keep your furry friend cool, entertained, and safe in the heat of summer. Browse our selection today.

Please share your favourite summer dog activities below in the comments, and let's celebrate this festive season with our beloved canine companions.

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