Stay cool out there!
Here’s some tips for keeping animals and homes cool in the heat wave.
I’ve lived with many animals in high heat zones, I’ve learned the hard way by losing animals and watching people experience heat stroke.
Here’s how I keep everyone cool
Indoors without AC
1. At night open windows to allow cooler air in and hot air out.
2. In the morning close all windows and drapes or cover windows until the outdoor heat begins to cool. Usually around 4pm. Even if it’s only a few degrees difference. Be sure to close and cover windows if you leave for the day.
3. Do not leave animals without extra water and a shaded area indoors and outside.
4. Be careful allowing dogs to swim in creeks, lakes and oceans in areas known to have bacteria or algae blooms that may be toxic to your pets and you. Here in Oregon there are beaches and recreational waterway areas that sometimes close to the public due to toxic conditions that made pets or humans sick when the temperatures is just right.
Homemade Portable AC
1. Fill small and large empty bottles and jugs with water and freeze.
2. Leave a couple inches space in bottles to allow ice to expand.
3. Freeze extra bottles so you can rotate them.
4. Thawed bottles go back in freezer when you get frozen bottles out to use.
5. Place frozen water bottles near animals to help cool their area.
6. Do not place the frozen bottles directly next to the animal, especially newborn and young ones.
7. Allow space for the animals to move themselves closer or further away from the bottles.
This works great for outdoor caged animals like rabbits, guinea pigs, foul, parrots, (I’ve owned them all) and the frozen bottles help cool in vehicles and indoor crated pets too.
Caged and crated animals must have a bigger water bowl which they often spill so be sure to use bowls that attach to the crate or wire to tie the bowl in place. Don’t use a tie they will chew.
If your dog will chew the frozen bottles do not put the bottle inside the crate or cage, hang or place bottles on outside of cage.
Outdoor/Indoor Kennels and Buildings
On hot days, AM, Noon, PM
Use a water hose and lightly spray a mist or light rain over the whole kennel or stall area. Inside and outside the building. Wet the play yards and walkways.
Dogs love the light rain on hot afternoons.
Do not flood the animals. Do not make mud. You’ll be surprised how little rain and mist will quickly drop the temperature.
I have worked in very large boarding kennels that have use sprinkler systems like the kind used for lawns and gardens hung above the kennel and dog runs. Most turn on automatically with a timer. This works for livestock, small farm animals barns too.
A homemade system is easy to make with a sprinkler hose hung above the animals so they can not chew it.
Or buy your dog a pool !
Very intelligent dog who I would then find laying soaking wet on a neighbor's floating deck in a creek behind his back yard and house. I later found out she was doing this daily when I was working in my grooming shop at the front of my property. She was sneaking out the back, smashing the fence because she was to heavy to jump that high and only her front legs would make it over so she bounced the fence flat then went to visit a neighbor who sat with his door open watching TV and then she would lay on the other neighbor's floating deck, after a swim of course. She would come home at dinner time if I didn't go get her.
The neighbors liked her visiting but I feared she would be hit by a car or stolen so I had to keep her crated for her own safety, if I went to work. She never tried to get out of a crate, she was happy and slept in one with the door open or closed. While loose in the house, she was opening doors and windows to escape.
Animals will find a way to stay cool if they have the freedom to do so.
Dog training and working dogs in heat
For K9SAR/scent dog training and working dogs. Outdoor training and events.
This is the time of year to train and practice night search with headlamps and lights on dogs because many people go missing at night and the sooner a dog team responds the better chance of finding the person alive.
Yes I mean train between midnight and 5 AM lol
Darkness does not necessarily stop a search team from working but safety does. So make sure to night train in safe areas. I like the challenge of night training with dogs and most of all how the scent particles come alive, like one of those early mornings when you step outside and feel ahhhh fresh air!!
Scent Science tells us the scent particles, dust, environment absorbs moisture and regenerate to become more alive and fresher stronger smelling at night and like dry grass becomes covered in dew overnight. As the day warms, scent particles lose water through evaporation and dry out making the scent particles drier and harder for dogs to smell.
A dry nose will not help in a search either. Always be sure the scenting dog is well hydrated and has a moist nose especially in warm weather. Dogs love to search at these times. Horses put their heads up, wrinkle the lips to get a bigger sniff. Quite funny too.
I say if we can smell so many more odors at that time of day just imagine how much more a dog is going smell.
How much fresher, easier a missing persons trail will be for the dog to work and how much time is saved reaching the person.
On real searches I always try to rest the dogs and myself in the heat of the day 12-4pm. Afternoon is time to eat, sleep and regroup, plan search strategy for the remaining 24 hours.
Last but least of suggestions
Bandanna/scarf that are made to be frozen and used around the neck of animals and people. Do not use on animals that can chew their own scarf or another pets.
My dog and I really love the tiny portable AC units available these days.
These AC units work amazing ! I was surprised how well. They charge up like cell phones and the charge lasts for hours.
I keep one in the SUV and travel trailer to turn on for my dog when I go in shops.
Put ice in it and chill out!!
I hope this post helps everyone stay cool.
Feel free to comment with tips you use to stay cool and share so everyone knows.
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