Do you know how to keep your dog cool in the car during the summer heat? We never thought much about it until we started participating in dog sports where we are often in the car or in places with no a/c for hours or all day! I’ve found with just a few simple items, I manage to stay pretty cool!
This weekend, I’ll be in a nose work trial which means Mom and I will spend most of the day in the car, in the parking lot, in the sun. The forecast is for around ninety degrees and humid. Not being the fastest dog in nice temps, I really slow down if I’m too warm, so it’s important to keep me cool! You can bet your furs, I will have all these items along with me!
The newest addition to our heat busting arsenal is our aluminet shade cloth. Thankfully, we drive a white car with somewhat tinted windows, but this shade cloth makes a world of difference! It reflects a lot of the sun off the car, and you can have it over the car and windows even if they are open. Don’t forget to buy some clamps to keep it in place!
Bailie tested it out for the first time back in May. Look how calm and cool she was looking in the sun on an eighty plus degree day!
New for this weekend will be my large cooling mat. It will keep me cool just by lying down on it. I’ll add my Kool Kollar around my neck filled with ice from the cooler and I will feel good. This photo was from July 2015 when I was out in the hot and humid all day for my NW1 trial.
Fresh water and a bowl are a must, and I also enjoy my small portable fan. Actually, we now have two which I have blowing on me. Mom makes sure we have extra batteries on hand as well. I’m sure there are more tips out there, but these few items work really well to keep me cool. Do you have any great tips to add to my list?