Updated: Feb 18
There’s nothing like slipping on some swimwear in the summer months, whether it’s on the beach,
in the garden or by a pool somewhere. But what of our canine companions? It must be tough to
see the sun shining and not shake off that fur coat!
But there are some ways you - and we - an help your pet to feel a little less constricted. Here are a
Most dogs naturally thin out a little as the weather gets warmer. This means that they tend to malt
and the fur becomes loose. In order to stop them from covering your house and your furniture give
them a regular brush. Or you can choose to bring them to us where they can have a session that
will strip their loose hair from them, give them a wash and ensure that they return to you happy and
After a good brush, you’ll have had a chance to check for fleas or ticks. These pesky pests are not
only irritating but can bring about extreme allergic reactions in some. And ticks can carry lyme
Thick coats are not always a problem for dogs in the summer - as long as you are mindful of how
much exposure they have in extreme heat. In fact, those with long, thick double layered coats such
as the German shepherd and Siberian husky are provide protection from the sun in the summer
and their coat can actually help to keep them cool when it’s really hot.
Keeping double coated dogs well groomed in the summer can make for a happy hound. Here at
Harris Hounds we can bathe them and blow out the undercoat with the high powered dryers. We
also have a tool like a rake that will help remove any loose hair and thin the coat slightly.
Every now and again a dog needs a wash. Particularly if they are prone to rolling around in the
lovely scent of a fox, or a sheep’s corpse up on the moors (I write from experience!)
If you don’t want to always bring them to Harris Hounds for some pampering, then you can do it
outside. Give them a good wash and a serious scrub. You can buy an organic, vegan shampoo
from us - please don’t use anything designed for humans either.
The hose pipe can be too cold for them, causing them a shock, try a mix of the hose and some
warm water from a jacket combined.
Try to avoid plonking your pup in the bath more than every few weeks. Frequent bathing can strip
away essential oils, leading to itchy skin and a brittle coat.
There are plenty of little tickly things that can irritate dogs in the summer months. Sand from the
beach, sticky balls from the grass, grass seeds etc. These can get into their paws and also their
ears. Keep a look out and remove them when you can.
Humidity and heat can make your dog’s ears breed a delicious mix of yeast and bacteria, and if
your dog loves swimming then they could get ear infections. Try to clean your dog’s ears weekly
with a cotton ball.