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Help your dog stay cool in hot weather

Posted on Friday, 10th June 2016 - 12:08pm in Articles by Lezli

Is your dog a panting ball of fur in hot weather? Here are some practical ideas to keep pooch cool and happy.

Hairy coats are great for winter, but build up heat in summer. When a sudden hot spell strikes, dogs can’t shed hair quickly enough to adjust to the weather. Normal brushing isn’t enough for many breeds – so get to a professional groomer for a thorough coat stripping and trim.

Get a paddling pool in the garden! Dogs who love water will leap into the pool and wallow happily. Dogs who aren’t so keen on water can be tempted in with games of fetch the toy, or a floating picnic plate of doggie treats (one at a time unless you want to pick soggy food out of the water!).

Dog walks – switch your walking routes to woodland paths with loads of shade. Woodland with streams is best so your dog can get plenty to drink as well as cooling the paws. Check out the free dog walk listings onDriving with Dogs for new routes near you.

Long drives with the dog – whack up the air-con so it reaches the dog crate. Many drivers forget to get the air circulating, so the dog overheats in the back while everyone else is comfortable. Plan comfort breaks for you and the dog every 2-3 hours. Driving with Dogs has listings of great dog walks within 5 miles of just about all UK motorway junctions.

Drivers with dogs in France can find dog walks within 10km of autoroute exits on the main routes from Calais to Marseilles; Calais and all channel ports to Rouen, Normandy, Dordogne, Bordeaux and to the Spanish border. As well as walks, Driving with Dogs has listings of vets and each walk has details of where to park, stuff for kids to do and see, disabled access info, dog-friendly cafes and restaurants and clean WCs.

Never leave your dog in a parked car in hot weather. Parking under a tree with the windows open is not enough – in less than 10 minutes your car can turn into an oven. Every year dogs die in hot cars, so use Driving with Dogs to help you plan your journey and keep your dog cool, happy and safe.




With nearly 200 walks from the Driving with Dogs website, this handy little book is an ideal guide to the best dog-friendly pubs and dog walks within 5 miles of UK motorway exits.

Like the website walks, you'll also find information about campervan access, disabled facilities, kids' activities, safe parking places, sat-nav codes and written route directions too.

Walking the Dog: Motorway Walks for dogs and drivers is available from the RAC shop (link URL and all the usual online bookstores such as amazon.

If your local bookstore doesn't have a copy in stock, you can order by quoting the ISBN number: 978-1-845841-02-7

Amazon link: Walking the Dog - Motorway walks for drivers and dogs

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