Your dog is living the life. He can do whatever he wants all day, every day, and you’ll come home and His needs are met with very little expectation or responsibility. His wants, however, should usually come second to yours. If you give him what he wants all year, then you probably let him sleep with you at least some of the time. During the summer, though, all bets are off. It’s not just a good idea to kick your furry friend off your bed. It’s your job. Nighttime canine companionship is a deal-breaker on hot nights. We know it can be hard to resist those puppy-dog eyes, so we’re here to help you reach a compromise that works for all species in your family.
Kick them out of your bed. Summer is a terrible time for snuggling. You’ll have enough snuggle pressure to last all summer just from your partner. Your dog can’t win. Just accept the reality that bedtime banishment is mandatory. No means no. So stop feeling guilty by giving your pup a good alternative.
Limit their time outside. It might not seem like it in the moment when your dog is incessantly begging to get up in your bed, but he will sleep any time and anywhere. Unfortunately, a dog will sleep in a hot spot of sun even when it’s not good for him. Let your dog go swimming or give him a spray with the hose whenever it’s not inconvenient. A wet dog can be annoying, but it’s not likely to rob you of sleep and ruin your life.
Cool your dog off. Three words: so much water. This is in addition to swimming. That guy needs so much more water during the dog days of summer. But there are even more things you can do to make your companion animal completely comfortable.
- Consider a haircut. Even removing the undercoat can have a big cooling impact.
- Give him some cool space. Could off-limits basement space provide a cool oasis for your pet?
- Upgrade your dog bed. Did you know that advancements in human beds are now being applied to dog beds? A memory foam or cooling gel mattress can help regulate your dog’s temperature during those hot nights.
That bed part makes a big difference.
Most of the things you can do to keep your dog cool and comfortable in the summer are free and easy. Just by tweaking your routine and rules a little bit, you can make a big impact on your dog’s life. Sure, he already owes you everything. Maybe if you come check out the dog beds at A Goodnight Sleepstore, you’ll get night after night of uninterrupted sleep, just like you deserve.