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  • Writer's pictureShannon Edney

How to Beat the Summer Heat with Your Dog

Summer is here, and while we love the sunshine and longer days, the heat can be a bit much for our furry friends. As a professional dog photographer serving the greater Treasure Valley area, I’ve had the pleasure of capturing countless happy pups enjoying the great outdoors. Here are some of my top tips to help your dog stay cool and safe during those hot summer months.


Hydration is Key

Just like us, dogs need plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially in the heat. Make sure your pup has access to fresh, cool water at all times. If you’re out and about, bring a portable water bowl and a bottle of water. Consider adding ice cubes to their water bowl for an extra cool treat.

Find the Shade

When spending time outdoors, always look for shaded areas where your dog can take a break from the sun. Whether it’s under a tree, a canopy, or even an umbrella, providing a cool, shaded spot will help prevent overheating.


Avoid the Midday Sun

The sun is at its strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Try to plan your walks and outdoor activities for early morning or late evening when the temperatures are cooler. This will not only be more comfortable for your dog but also for you!

Cool Off with Water Play

One of the best ways to keep your dog cool is by incorporating water play into their routine. Whether it’s a kiddie pool in the backyard, a trip to a dog-friendly beach, or even just playing with the hose, your dog will love splashing around and staying cool.


Grooming Matters

Regular grooming can help your dog stay cool. While you shouldn’t shave your dog (their coat actually helps protect them from the sun), regular brushing can remove excess fur and help air circulate through their coat.

Know the Signs of Overheating

It’s important to recognize the signs of overheating in dogs, which can include excessive panting, drooling, weakness, and vomiting. If you notice any of these signs, move your dog to a cooler area immediately and provide water. If symptoms persist, contact your veterinarian.


Frozen Treats

Treat your dog to some homemade frozen goodies! You can freeze their favorite toys or treats in water or low-sodium broth for a fun and cooling activity. There are also many dog-safe ice cream recipes that your pup will love.

Protect Their Paws

Hot pavement can burn your dog’s paws. Before heading out, check the ground with the back of your hand. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your dog. Stick to grassy areas or invest in some dog booties for added protection.


Keep Indoor Spaces Cool

Make sure your home is a cool retreat for your dog. Use fans, air conditioning, and keep curtains closed during the hottest parts of the day to help keep the indoor temperature down.

Plan Cool Activities

Instead of long, strenuous walks, opt for activities that keep your dog engaged without overheating. Puzzle toys, indoor training sessions, or a trip to a pet-friendly store can be great alternatives.


Summer can be a wonderful time for you and your dog, filled with fun adventures and beautiful photo opportunities. By following these tips, you’ll ensure that your pup stays cool, comfortable, and safe all season long.

And remember, if you’re looking to capture some summer memories with your furry friend, Shannon Edney Photography is here to help! Visit to book your session today.

Stay cool, and happy summer! ☀️🐾


International award-winning portrait photographer Shannon Edney's photos have been featured on multiple magazine covers with photos published in print and digital advertisements around the world.

Based out of Missoula, Montana, and moving to the Nampa, Idaho area in May 2024, Shannon specializes in pet portrait photography showcasing dogs, horses, and their people. Shannon is known for her ability to catch the perfect expression and capture her subjects in unique lighting, resulting in portraits rich in artistry that will be treasured for years to come - whether it be on a fine art canvas or in a custom artisan album.

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