10 DIY Hacks to Keep Your Dog Cool in the Summer Heat

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Last Updated: June 28th, 2024

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10 DIY Hacks to Keep Your Dog Cool in the Summer 2024 Heat

As the summer heat peaks, our furry friends need extra care to stay cool and comfortable. While air conditioning and swimming pools are fantastic, not everyone has access to these luxuries. Here are 10 DIY hacks, divided into sophisticated and simple categories, to help keeping your dog cool in the summer heat.

Sophisticated Yet Affordable Hacks

Frozen Treat Toys: Keep your dog entertained and cool by freezing their favorite treats inside a toy. Mix some peanut butter or broth with water, pour it into a rubber toy, and freeze. It’s a delicious puzzle that’ll keep them cool for hours. You can also check some of our other posts for more inspiring posts, like how to make banana or strawberry treats.

DIY Dog Cooling Mat: Sew together a breathable fabric, like cotton, in a size that matches your dog’s lying down dimensions. Fill it with a cooling gel pad insert (available online for minimal cost) to create a soothing spot for your pup. If you’re looking to build an outdoor spot where your pup can chill, try using your environment to your advantage, if you can have any concrete that can be covered, or shaded spots, use them. Concrete, metal, stone or earth can be great if not exposed to the sun as you can cover to provide shade and a constant chilled space for your pup!

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Chilled Dog Bed: Upgrade your dog’s bed by inserting frozen gel packs beneath their bedding. Ensure the gel packs are covered well to avoid any direct contact with your dog’s skin, providing a subtle, cooling effect.

Homemade Air Conditioner: Create a makeshift air conditioner by placing a shallow pan or bowl full of ice in front of a stationary fan. The air blowing over the ice will cool the room slightly, making it more comfortable for your pet.

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Canine Cabana: Construct a shaded sanctuary using old sheets and a few poles or a hula-hoop. Set it up in your yard to provide a cool, shaded area for your dog to relax outside, protecting them from direct sunlight.

Simple and Cost-Free Hacks

Ice Cube Treats: Simple yet effective like banana treats, freezing low-sodium chicken broth or plain water in ice cube trays offers a refreshing treat. It’s safe, hydrating, and can keep your dog busy and cool.

Wet Towel Lounge: Soak a towel in cold water and lay it on the floor for your dog to lie on. It’s a quick solution that provides immediate relief from the heat.

Early Morning or Late Evening Walks: Avoid the midday heat by adjusting your walking schedule. Early mornings or late evenings are cooler, making it more comfortable for both you and your dog. Try avoiding walks on the concrete in the middle of the day as it can cause heatstroke or damage your pup’s paws, grass or a walk in the forest might be more suitable.

Brushing: Regularly brushing your dog helps remove excess fur, which can trap heat. A thorough brushing can make a significant difference in your dog’s comfort during hot days.

Water Bowls Everywhere: Ensure your dog has constant access to fresh, cool water. Place multiple bowls around your home and shade-covered areas outside to encourage hydration.


Keeping your dog cool during the summer doesn’t require expensive gadgets or complicated setups. With a mix of creativity and simple household items, you can ensure your furry friend stays comfortable, hydrated, and happy through the season’s heat. Remember, if it’s too hot for you, it’s probably too hot for your dog, so always provide a cool, shady retreat.

Incorporating these DIY hacks will not only contribute to your dog’s well-being but also deepen the bond you share, as they sense the care and effort you put into their comfort. Stay cool and enjoy the summer with your best friend by your side, ad we hope these tips help you keep your dog cool in the summer!


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