Keep Your Dog Cool
How to keep your dog cool this summer
Heat waves and sweltering summer days are upon us! We believe a happy dog is a dog outside, and no one wants to forego an adventure because it’s too hot. Check out some of our top gear for hot weather.
The Swamp Cooler™, Jet Stream™, and Core Cooler™ use evaporative cooling to keep dogs cool even as the mercury climbs.
Staying Cool: Evaporative Cooling 101
How does evaporative cooling work? When you step out of a lake, you may notice a cool feeling when your skin first hits the air. This is evaporative cooling!
Ruffwear cooling gear creates the same effect by combining a wicking outer layer that facilitates evaporation, a middle layer that holds water for evaporation, and a comfortable inner layer that keeps your dog dry and pulls surface heat away from the dog. All you have to do is get the cooling gear wet, and evaporative cooling takes care of the rest!
See it in action: With the help of Ruffwear dog Ellie and FLIR thermal imaging technology, we put our cooling gear to the test.
Before: Ellie’s external temperature before adding the Swamp Cooler Vest was 106° F / 41 C.
After: Ellie’s external temperature after adding the Swamp Cooler vest was 74.3° F / 23.5 C.
So, what’s the difference between the Swamp Cooler, Jet Stream, and Core Cooler? All three products use the same evaporative cooling technology, but they’re designed for different activities.
The Swamp Cooler works great for hiking, running, walking, camping, and more casual activities. In addition to helping keep cool through evaporative cooling, it boosts that cooling by offering the maximum amount of shade and thermal protection of our three cooling gear products. The material is rated at 50+ UPF protection (blocks 98% of the sun's UV rays). The lead portal allows it to be worn over top of all our harnesses and most other harnesses.
The Jet Stream is designed for fast and light endeavors like trail running or mountain biking. It has a performance fit with a side-zip closure, and it fits well underneath a harness or pack. While a three-layer evaporative cooling chest panel disperses heat from the dog’s core, the light and sleek Jet Stream also uses shading to help keep cool through the spandex over the back that's rated at 50+ UPF (blocks 98% of the sun's UV rays).
Both the Swamp Cooler and the Jet Stream have a UPF rating of 50+, meaning that they’ll protect light colored, short-haired dogs from getting sunburned.
The Core Cooler is an add-on that cools dogs, adds additional support when lifting and assisting, and further stabilizes packs and harnesses. This three-layer chest panel uses evaporative cooling to efficiently pull heat from the dog’s core during warm temperatures and high intensity activities. The Core Cooler is compatible with these harnesses and packs:
Hot weather means hot pavement, which can be harmful to paws. We recommend using the Grip Trex™ boots to protect paws while walking on hot surfaces. The Grip Trex are built with a Vibram rubber outsole that provides great traction on any terrain and a breathable mesh upper that provides ventilation and keeps dirt and debris out. The Grip Trex are a great boot option for summer!
As temperatures peak, sometimes the best option is to head for water. The Ruffwear Float Coat™ is a fully-featured canine life jacket with strategically-placed closed cell foam panels to support a dog’s natural swimming position. The strong handle is optimally positioned for assisting dogs in and out of the water, whether onto a boat, kayak, SUP, or dock. To top off the fun, check out our floating toys — the Lunker™ and the Hydro Plane™.
I Live In A Humid Climate, So How Do I Keep My Dog Cool?
Keeping a dog comfortable in the heat of the summer can be accomplished in several ways. Always carry a bowl and plenty of water so they can stay hydrated on your excursions. Wearing boots helps keep paws off of hot pavement, rocks, and sand. And regularly check in with your dog throughout your activity and make sure they're getting enough breaks, seeking shade whenever possible.
What’s on your summer gear list? Let us know if you have any questions or feedback about any Ruffwear gear, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Want to share your summer adventures? Tag us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.