How to keep dogs cool in Summer 2022

Keep dogs cool at class

With the warm weather set to continue, our dog training classes near Cambridge are about to warm up. Read on to find lots ways you can keep your dogs cool at class and home.

How to keep dogs cool in the car on the way to class

  • In the car keep your dog’s area cool by using shades.
  • Clip on fans can be useful to help air circulate. 
  • Freeze 2L Bottles of water and put in front of the fan to have a further cooling effect.
  • Draping wet towels over the crates will keep their space cool, as the action of the water evaporating will use the heat from the surrounding air to keep the crates interior cool.
  • Put a cooling mat or damp towel where the dog travels. 


A photo showing a dog cool mat from Anglian Dog Works blog: "How to keep dogs cool in summer". Dog Trainer near Cambridge

We’ve seen small cooling mats in Home Bargains for less than £5.


Keep dogs cool at class

Bring a damp towels to put down for the dogs to lie on plus a bowl and plenty of fresh water for the dogs (& you!). Water is available from a tap near a container up by the tanks at the bottom of our training paddock and by the yurt. 

We will train in the shade where possible, using natural shade and erecting an event shelter in necessary. Individual session will last up to 45 minutes, group session up to 60 minutes; Anglian Dog Works reserve the right to cut a lesson short if the trainer feels that’s best for the dog’s welfare.

PetPlans guidance will be referred to in reviewing if conditions are safe enough to train in with precautions.

A photo showing a dog cool coat from Anglian Dog Works blog: "How to keep dogs cool in summer". Dog Trainer near Cambridge

Picture is of Misty wearing her cooling coat by hurtta resting on her cool mat, we’ve seen this coat for sale in Scottsdales Garden Centre recently


How to keep dogs cool in hot weather when you get home

Having access to a paddling pool in the garden can help a lot of dogs cool down. If you're wondering "how do I get my dog used to water?", you can read our separate guide by clicking here

Why not freeze some of your dog’s meal allowance into a puzzle toy. For example, stuff with kibble and soak in a cup to make a mash to freeze.

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Or try this frozen yoghurt treat recipe?!

A photo showing cooling frozen yoghurt treats from Anglian Dog Works blog: "How to keep dogs cool in summer". Dog Trainer near Cambridge


  • Pieces of dog safe fruit (for example raspberry, strawberry, blueberry and banana)
  • A treat
  • A dollop of natural yoghurt


  • Pop the ingredients into a cupcake cake tin
  • Fill with water
  • Freeze
  • Get out after a lesson in the warm weather for your dog to lick and cool off


Hot class kit checklist: 

Have you packed the items that your dog will need at class on a hot day? 


  1. Plenty of fresh water
  2. Water bowl 
  3. Damp towel



  1. Cooling coat
  2. Cooling mat
  3. Prepared a frozen treat for home and a paddling pool 


Please share

We would love to see how your dogs are keeping cool. Post your pictures and own top tips in the Anglian Dog Works Facebook group.


About the author:

Hi 👋 I’m Emma, accredited as a professional dog trainer by the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT). I help owners of energetic dogs achieve the dog-owning life they envisioned by providing robust obedience & agility training for dogs in Balsham, near Cambridge.

DisclaimerThe content of this article does not include personalised advice and is for information purposes only. If you need individual advice or other enquiries please click here to get in contact or if you're not local to Anglian Dog Works, you can find a trainer in your area by going to the IMDT website:

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