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Summer Must-Haves for Dogs

Well, maybe not ALL of these are must-haves (for real, once you see these adorable Hawaiian printed dog shirts...), but the following products are definitely worth checking out!


You know that feeling when the summer heat hits you like a hairdryer in the face? Well, imagine your pooch experiencing it too! But fret not, we've got the cure for the heatwave blues. Below is a selection of handpicked items that'll make your dog cooler than a pup wearing sunglasses while riding a skateboard. From innovative cooling gear that'll make them feel like they're lounging in a luxury doggie spa to portable water bottles that'll hydrate them faster than they can gobble up a dropped ice cream cone, we've got your back, or rather, your pup's back!


But hey, summer isn't just about staying cool; it's about unleashing the adventurer within your furry sidekick. Imagine your four-legged buddy rocking a floatation vest that with bring out their inner Michael Phelps, or donning outdoor gear that'll make them the Bear Grylls of the dog park. We're talking about gear that'll make your pup feel more unstoppable than a squirrel-chasing maniac on a mission.


We're also dishing out crucial tips on sun protection, keeping those pesky ticks and fleas at bay, and sharing safety hacks that'll ensure your pup has a summer full of tail-wagging adventures. We want them to have more fun than a dog with a bacon-scented chew toy, all while staying safe and sound.


Disclaimer: We're not responsible for the sudden increase in your dog's ego or the insatiable desire for yogurt ice cubes that may occur after reading this blog post. Just remember to keep your pup safe, hydrated, and ready to unleash their inner Instagram influencer flaunting their best summer vibes.

Let me tell you, this water pad is like a mini water park for dogs. It's the ultimate solution for those pooches who love a good splash but aren't exactly keen on jumping into a full-sized pool. With its non-slip surface and sprinkler jets, it's like having a slip 'n slide combined with a doggy spa day.


First off, the non-slip feature is a game-changer. My pup, Jesse, who has the grace of a newborn fawn on roller skates, can prance around on this pad without any worries of sliding... or sliding out of control. It's like watching a synchronized swimming routine, but with adorable wet paws instead of human athletes.


It's compact and easy to set up, making it perfect for small yards. Plus, it's a win-win situation because it keeps your pup entertained and cools them down at the same time. No joke, I will full-on leap through this thing myself.


The sprinkler jets on this pad are no joke. I've never seen my pooch leap with such joy and determination as he does when those water jets start dancing. It's like watching him audition for the Olympics' "Doggy Diving" category.


And let's talk about durability. This water pad is built to withstand even the most energetic canine cannonballs. It's made of sturdy materials that can handle countless wet paws, enthusiastic jumps, and the occasional rowdy playtime with other furry friends.

Amazon Customer Review Scale = 4.2 out of 5 stars.



Sun's out, tongue's out. Introducing dog sunscreen, the ultimate secret weapon to keep your pup's precious skin safe and sunburn-free. When the sun's rays are blazing, it's not just our skin that needs protection; our furry friends deserve

some sunscreen love too! That's where Dog Sunscreen comes to the rescue, offering your canine companion the ultimate sun-kissed protection.


This sunscreen is their knight in shining fur. It's specially formulated to protect sensitive areas like the nose, ears, and belly, ensuring your pooch stays cool, comfortable, and sunburn-free. It's like having a personal dermatologist on call, safeguarding your dog's precious skin from the sun's harmful effects. It is made with pet-safe ingredients, is alcohol-free, and contains no Zinc Oxide.


Amazon Customer Review Scale = 4.4 out of 5 stars


Does your furry friend deserve the royal treatment? Duh. Look no further than this Dog Canopy Bed! It is like a VIP resort for your furry companion. Move over, regular dog beds, because this elevated oasis is about to revolutionize your pup's lounging game.


Compared to other outdoor beds, this elevated oasis provides a cool respite from the scorching sun, protecting your pup from harmful rays while allowing them to enjoy the fresh air off of the hot ground.


Setting up this bed is easier than teaching an old dog new tricks. With a few simple steps, you'll have a regal abode ready for your pup to recline in style. No tools or screws are required - so basically, it's the opposite of assembling your new bedroom dresser from IKEA. And the material is durable AF with extra weight support just in case your dog likes to snuggle with another furry friend.


Also, please don't wake me up if you find me curled up in there myself for an afternoon siesta.


Amazon Customer Review Scale = 4.3 out of. 5 stars



When it comes to protecting our furry friends from those pesky ticks, we need a superhero-level defense. In addition to either a monthly preventative, such as Frontline, or the longer lasting Seresto Collar, let's enter the YaYa All Natural Extra Strength Tick Repellent for Dogs! This incredible product will leave your pup tick-free and ready for outdoor adventures.


This tick repellent is like a skilled ninja, striking fear into the hearts of ticks everywhere. Spritz it on your dog's underbelly and in between their legs prior to going out for a hike (or just a walk down the street - ticks have been so bad lately!). The extra strength formula ensures that ticks don't stand a chance. It's like having a canine bodyguard, ready to ward off those unwanted hitchhikers with a swift paw swipe.


I probably can't recommend this product enough - even though my fur-babies are protected all year round with their monthly K9 Advantix applications, the YaYa spray adds extra peace of mind, knowing that the bloodsuckers won't even go near my dogs. Or even myself, for that matter. It is deet free and made with 100% natural oils and ingredients. I will be honest, however, the spray apparatus does get stuck after a few pumps, which is annoying to have to wait a couple of minutes for another decent stream of repellent. Overall though, my personal rating is 4.9 out of 5 stars (it loses that .1% due to the finicky spray pump).


Amazon Customer Rating Scale = 4.3 out of 5 stars




When it's time for water adventures, keeping our furry friends safe is our top priority. Enter the Dog Life Jacket Pet Life Safety Vest! This essential gear will have your pup swimming, boating, and splashing with confidence and style (I can't even with the shark fin).


As someone who owns two French Bulldogs who can't swim (it's a fact that this breed sinks - absolutely terrifying!) this is a superhero cape for any dog near the water. It's the ultimate safety accessory, ensuring that your furry friend can paddle with peace of mind. The durable material and secure fit ensure that your pup stays afloat like a buoy in choppy waters. It's like having a personal Coast Guard vessel that's dedicated to your pup's safety. Say goodbye to flimsy flotation devices and hello to reliable protection.


ASENKU provides 6 sizes for you to choose (from XS to 2XL). Sizing guidelines may differ dog to dog, so please choose the most suitable dog life safety swimsuit after taking every measurement and compare with the size chart. Super cute colors to choose from too!


Amazon Customer Rating Scale = 4.6 out of 5 stars


OK, so these aren't necessarily summer "must-haves," but they make the list because, well...have you ever seen a dog in a bikini? If you don't think that is the cutest thing ever, then I'm not sure we can be friends.



Seriously, these dog swimsuits, they have the power to melt even the toughest of hearts. Prepare for an overload of cuteness that will leave you squealing with delight and reaching for your camera to capture every precious moment.


And I get it, if you aren't a fan dog clothing, or if you find it to be cruel - I am not here to offend! Some dogs do not enjoy wearing any duds due to fear or uncomfortability, so in those instances I highly advise against dressing up your pooch just for some Instagram likes.


These Hawaiian dog shirts are like a burst of sunshine on a cloudy day. The vibrant colors and playful patterns will make your pup the center of attention at any summer gathering.


Comfort is key, and this Hawaiian shirt delivers like a tropical breeze on a sunny day. The lightweight and breathable fabric ensures that your pup stays cool and comfortable while feeling like your Uncle Rick on his 17th Carnival Cruise.


As stated above, use your discretion when putting clothes on your dog. Please make sure they are not phased. If they rather enjoy being naked for life, then just let them and say sorry for making them uncomfortable. Give them extra hugs and kisses and some doggie ice cream to make up for it.


But wait, there's more! My previous blog post Keeping Your Dogs Safe During Summer Heat has a few more product reviews that are definitely worthy for this list. So please, go check them out!





So there you have it, fellow dog-loving sun seekers, a comprehensive list of summer must-haves for our furry friends. These awesome essentials will turn your pup's summer into a tail-wagging adventure like no other.


Just like a trusty pair of sunglasses shields our eyes from the blinding sun, these summer must-haves will shield our furry companions from the dog days of summer. They're like the canine equivalent of an ice cream truck on a scorching day—refreshing, delightful, and bound to bring a smile to everyone's face.


Remember, a cooling vest is not just a piece of fabric; it's a superpower that keeps our pups cool and collected, like a secret agent on a mission to beat the heat. And that pool float? It's like a magic carpet, transforming any body of water into a wet and wild adventure park for our water-loving buddies.


Remember, summer is a time to let loose, have fun, and savor every moment. And with these summer must-haves for your fur-babies, you'll be equipped to make this summer the best one yet for your beloved four-legged companion. So go forth, soak up the sun, and let the summer adventures begin—your pup deserves nothing less than tail-wagging bliss!.

Please feel free to leave a comment with more tips, tricks, and recommendations!


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Top Photo (Dog in Sunglasses) by Josh Rakower on Unsplash

Bottom Photo (Dog Swimming) by Jean Estrella on Unsplash

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