If you compete with your dogs in sporting events, you need ways to keep them cool in the summertime. While leaving your car running with air conditioning on is one way, it certainly is not the best way for our environment – or your budget!
There are numerous ways to help keep your dogs comfortable at shows and trials that are energy efficient. Some dog show sites provide wading pools and misters to keep dogs (and sometimes people) cool. If you live in an area with water restrictions the misters certainly wouldn’t be used. While pools may seem inefficient usage of water as well, if the dirty water is saved to be used on plants, this can lessen the eco effect. Many dogs getting a cooling effect from one pool is also efficient.
There are portable fans that operate off batteries. Walmart has some nice ones in their camping gear section. Purchase rechargeable batteries and you will save money and energy in the long run. Many of these fans have a long battery life and can really help on a hot, humid day. Set the fan up to blow across a bowl of ice at your dog and you even get a mini air conditioner effect! The melted ice can then be used as drinking water.
There are fantastic shade covers for your car. Using these, you can lower the temperature in your car by 10 degrees or more. These are the “space blankets” that reflect or hold in warmth depending on which side is facing out. There are also new reflective aluminum net shade cloths. these reflect and allow for air flow (a drawback to the space blankets.)
Plan where you park. Make good use of any natural shade. Take advantage of the breeze so it flows through your car. Be sure to set your interior lighting to off so you dn’t wear your battery out from open doors and windows.
Cleanrun.com provides pages of cooling solutions for you and your dog. “Cool coats” work for some dogs but others get overheated with the covering. Just putting cool compresses in your dog’s groin area can help with some comfort on hot days.
Never leave your dogs unattended in a closed car during warm or hot weather!