Just the same as young children, make sure you keep your dog in the shade and avoid walking between the hottest hours of 11am – 3pm. Keep the walking short if necessary at these times and perhaps play indoors instead.
Also, avoid walking your dog on surfaces that can get hot as their paw pads can get sore.
Do not leave your dog in the car, even with the windows open and in the shade. Cars get extremely hot so either leave them at home or take them out of the car with you.
Conservatories can also get very warm quickly so make sure your dog has access to the main part of the house if allowed in the conservatory, and don’t leave your pet unattended in there.
Make sure there is plenty of water available – dogs pant regularly so it can be difficult to tell when the become thirsty. Take a dog water bottle out with you on warm days.
A paddling pool in the garden for your dog will offer the perfect opportunity for your pooch to cool down. However, make sure it’s not an inflatable one to avoid punctures.
If your garden has little shade, create a shaded area for your pet to retreat to when they get too warm. Make sure shade is also available wherever you take your pet away from home.
Making ice lollies for your dog is a great idea to help them cool off. Freeze water and food together in a plastic cup, removing the cup before use.
Trimming your dog's fur is one of the simplest and best ways to help your furry friend keep cool. Regular grooming also removes excess fur and keeps their coats in tip top condition.
Remember that puppies tend to burn off a lot more energy than their older friends, so extra water around the home for the little ones is essential.
If you have just collected a puppy from a Dog Breeders Association registered breeder then make sure you register your puppy for the 12 weeks FREE insurance within 48 hours of collection. You can do this by visiting www.dog-breeds.co.uk,alternatively, call 0800 181886.