labrador jumps in the pool in the summer

How to Keep your Labrador Cool in the Summer!!!

In June 14, 2013

Looking forward to that Summer sun and heat??? Here are a few ways to help keep your lab cooled off and happy this Summer! Remember, the Labrador Retriever was originally bred for some pretty cold temps.

Piper- Endless Mt. Labradors

Piper (Amy x Hero) taking a dive in the pool!


1. Go for a Swim!
Labs LOVE the water! Most of them anyway… you have to start them young! Pools, ponds, lakes, bays, whatever you have access to!  Even if you just go out and get a plastic kiddie pool (or labby pool?), they’ll appreciate it!  And remember, swimming is a GREAT low impact exercise for your dog’s joints!

Pool pup- Endless Mt Labradors

Parsons’ Endless Mt. Pool Pup!

Guinness- Endless Mt. Labradors

Guiness (Elise x Stealer) enjoying his pool!

2. Refreshing frozen treats!
Try filling a Kong with some plain yogurt or mashed bananas and then freeze it for a nice cool treat on a hot day! 🙂  Not only will it cool them off but it’s a nice down time snack, especially for a young pup!

Pup and popsicle- Endless Mt. Labradors

Ok maybe not a popsicle… but you get the idea!

3. Keep that water dish full!
If you’re outside with your labby, soaking up the sun, make sure you ALWAYS have some water available to drink!  Ice cubes are a nice way to keep that bowl of water cool, and they double as icy treats! 🙂

Baron- Endless Mt. Labradors

Baron (Eleanor x Stealer)

4. Grab the garden hose!
No pool available?? Grab the garden hose! This is also a trick to help when your lab is shedding out their coat this time of year!  Hose them down at night with some cool water, I can guarantee they’ll love you for it! You can even get creative and make some doggy sprinklers. 🙂  Kids love it, why wouldn’t they??

Quill x Manny pup- Endless Mt. Labradors

This Quill x Manny pup knows where to find the water!

BUT…for those that don’t have easy access to a pool, pond, lake, ocean or creek, a cooling towel is an EXCELLENT thing to keep on hand-I know—I’ve watched AKC professional dog handlers use this for 20 years. You soak it in cold water and place it over your dog. There is a fastener to keep it from slipping off. Check it out here

(Keep one in the trunk of your car for that day when you are stuck in a hot area or end up at a soccer game or something…


In addition, I LOVE “Cooling Pads”–this one is very inexpensive and can be used many, many times.

Here’s how they work:

  •  The mat will keep the pet about 10-20 degrees cooler. With the humanized technology applied in pet product, it can prevent overheating and discomfort and help your pet relax and chill. The cooling comfort can last about 3 – 4 hours per-use time.
  • Be Assured Use by Safe Guarantee – Manufactured with non-toxic material, the pet is safe for the pets as well as the people and environment. The mat needs no battery and electricity. And it will recool automatically after 30-minute of non-use.
  • Feeling Good at Anytime & Anywhere – The cooling mat is portable and can be used in multiple scenarios, such as travel in hot weather; outdoor activities like training in camps, playing in parks; at home on the floor, couch, in the bed, crate and kennel, etc. It’s definitely the best companion for your pet in hot days.
  • Easy Clean-up and Maintenance – The Mat is easy to clean with a simple wipe down. Mat is water-resistant and can be folded compactly for storage. It is very durable and can be used for a long time. The mat is suggested to be kept in dark and dry place. And if the weather reaches an unbearable point, you can also put the mat in the refrigeration for 1 hour before use, which can bring your pet better and cooler experience.
  • Size Option – 4 sizes are available. Please check the data of length/width in the size chart.


  1. We live near the water and my boy gets to go swimming every day. He has a very thick coat and does not dry quickly – plus he has a low tolerance for the heat. The past 2 summers I’ve gotten him shaved (he’s 4 years old) and I think he’s much better off. He dries quickly (no more wet, moldy smell). He is much cooler, I can easily spot ticks on him and he looks really great. My friend who has Labs says you shouldn’t shave them because the fur helps keep them cool too – but I think different Labs have different coats. Do you have any experience with getting your Labs clipped or shaved?

    1. Hi Maggie!

      I wouldn’t recommend shaving a lab, as their coat actually works to both cool them and keep them warm in the winter. Not to mention shaving it can affect how it grows back… definitely not something we would risk in the show ring. You are correct though in that labs have different coats (some more correct than others), but it sounds like your lab actually has the correct thick undercoat!

  2. I just purchased a “Pawcet” on ($24.99). Haven’t used it yet, but it’s designed to hook up to your garden hose and offer a drink of cool water at the push of a paw, just like a drinking fountain. We
    will be spending lots of hours outside at our river house in Maryland this summer and am hopeful that this will be an easy way for Finley (Erica & Mackie) to get a drink when she needs it without my having
    to monitor a water bowl, which would quickly get yucky.

  3. I purchased the flea and tick essential oil spray from you and received it today but I need to know what is in it because my golden is seen by a dermatologist and we need to know what is in it before we use it

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