Temperatures are rising and dogs all across the country are whining at the door, eager to go outside; summer's here and the time is right for dancing on a leash. Here are our favorite gadgets, accessories and apps to help keep your pooch cool, happy and well-exercised throughout the heat waves to come.
Dog Park Finder for iPhone
Whether you're looking for a new favorite spot locally, or traveling and need to give your dog's legs a stretch, the Dog Park Finder iOS app (free).
Keep your dog cool inside its crate with a clip-on cooling fan ($14.52). If you have to spend a lot of time in the sun, consider throwing on a solar canopy ($22 for 6x6); its space-age material will deflect light and heat from the crate below.
A steady supply of water is essential for keeping your pet happy and healthy in the summer heat. The Pioneer Ceramic Drinking Fountain ($45.95, large) is an attractive way to keep the water flowing. We also love the Drinkwell 360.
Thanks to science, we have another space-age material to help make our pets' lives even better. These cooling mats ($30.99) are filled with a material that becomes gel-like when filled with water, which absorbs heat; between that and an electric fan, your dog can withstand just about anything the sun is throwing at it. You can also buy vests full of the same stuff.
ASPCA Weather App for iOS and Android
The ASPCA has released a free app for iOS and Android that gives you a 3-day, pet-specific forecast, so you'll know if Fido can safely walk outside or if you should pack extra water.
How do you help keep your dog cool during the summer months? Share your tips with Unplggd readers in the comments.