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The Best Gear to Keep Your Dog Cool on Hot Summer Days

This has been the hottest summer on record, and it ain’t over yet.

by Rachel Davies and Rebecca Caplan
Updated August 23, 2023
large brown dog in a Canada Pooch cooling bandana
Courtesy of Canada Pooch

With Labor Day just around the corner, summer is sadly almost behind us. Don’t let the sweet siren cry of a PSL fool you, though; there are plenty of hot days ahead. It’s important to stay vigilant of the temps — especially where pups are concerned. Particularly sensitive to heat, dogs don’t always experience the sweet relief of a drop from 80 degree to 75 degree weather. So, especially if you plan on silencing the annoying hum of your air conditioner, it’s a good idea to invest in tools to keep your pup calm, cool, and collected this fall (emphasis on the cool.)

Below, our picks for the best cooling products for your pups.

Btw, our editors (and their pets) picked out these products. They’re always in stock at the time we publish, but there’s a chance they’ll sell out. If you do buy through our links, we may earn a commission. (We’ve got a lot of toys to buy over here, you know?)

Best Dog Cooling Vest

Best Dog Cooling Boots

Best Dog Cooling Bandanas

Best Dog Cooling Mat

Best Freezable Dog Toys

Best Dog Pools and Splash Pads

Best Cooling Dog Bed

Best Fan

Best Ice Cream

Best Cooling Dog Bowl

Best Cooling Hat

Best Hydrating Gear for Dogs

blue water bottle

If you’re on the market for a less expensive travel bottle, look no further than Springer’s portable growler bottle. It’s as easy as squeezing the stylish bottle and releasing your pup’s water into the top, which doubles as a no-spill bowl.

Once your dog has lapped up their share of hydration, the excess water drains back into the bottle, making it a perfect purchase for the environmental dog parent who is looking to cut back on their waste. Plus, it’s 100 percent leak-tight, made from BPA-free plastic, and includes a carabiner that allows for the bottle to easily clip onto your fanny pack for a hands-free experience. —LD

Best Dog Sunscreen

Best Cooling Lick Mat

Best Ice Tray

Best Dog Tents

rachel davies

Rachel Davies

Rachel Davies is a writer who has written for numerous publications including Vox, Wall Street Journal, and Architectural Digest and the parent of a beautiful Cocker Spaniel mix named Thea. 

rebecca caplan

Rebecca Caplan

Rebecca Caplan is a writer based in Brooklyn whose work has been featured in The New Yorker, Reductress, and Vulture. She lives in Brooklyn with her perfect, toothless dog Moose.

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