Summer is hot, and I don’t like the heat. There is not an air conditioner in the world that makes me feel comfortable enough. If I had my way, I would wear a sweatshirt at all times and it would snow most of the year.
It dawned on me that most dogs probably feel the same way. My parents have two Newfoundlands (one’s a mix) so they abhor the heat. They would prefer winter at all times. My dog is a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix so he likes laying out in the sun, but if we walk more than a block in the heat, he’s done.
Lots of time spent out in the yard is good; lots of time spent in the air conditioning is good too, for both dogs and people. Everyone should keep in mind that if you feel uncomfortable in the heat, your dog likely feels it much worse. After all, they are wearing a fur coat! Don’t leave them in the car and make sure you keep walks short. Always watch for signs of stress. Dogs pant to release heat, so if your dog pants more heavily than usual, slow down, stop, find shade, offer water and rest for a while. Walk in the early morning or just before dusk. Do some activities in the house or in the shade outside. The more laying around you do in the summer, the more you AND your dog will appreciate it.