Summertime is here! It’s time to canoe, kayak, paddle board, have pool parties, go to the beach, the park (or the dog park), go out for a walk, ride the bike, skateboard, longboard, and just be in the summer sun!

And what better place for your pup to be than right next to you while you both enjoy the outdoors? We can’t think of anywhere else we would rather be, but remember that you need to take certain precautions when enjoying the season with your pooch.

We asked Max, our CEO, for some simple advice about how to deal with the doggy dangers that come with summertime. Here’s what he told us:

  • It’s not all about how hot we are! Sometimes the humidity is too high for us, and we can’t pant to cool down! So keep us in the AC and we should be fine.
  • Limit our exercise to the early morning hours or the late evening, and remember that 1-4 pm tends to bring the strongest summer heat.
  • The asphalt gets hot and can hurt our delicate paws. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for us!
  • Water. Keep us hydrated and maybe throw in some ice cubes for an extra frosty kick.
  • We sweat through our paws, so fans don’t cool us down properly. We rely on shade and water instead.
  • I have three words for you. Doggy. Frozen. Treats. Here are some examples that you could make for your pup.
  • Believe it or not, we sunburn. Yes, that’s right. Sunburn. White and light-colored dogs with thin coats are extra susceptible to sunburn. Please rub some waterproof sunscreen (made for babies or dogs) on us, and don’t forget the tips of our ears, noses, and backs!

We want to have fun with you so help us keep safe in the grueling summer heat!