How To Keep a Dog Cool Inside The House

As much as most of us prefer summer to winter, our dogs do as well. They can go to the park in the evening and play in the pool without getting cold.

The days are long, and they have plenty of time to enjoy themselves. Dogs, no matter how tough they appear, are susceptible to heat. 

They must be shielded from the sweltering heat of summer. When temperatures reach 104 degrees Fahrenheit, your dog is at risk of suffering from heatstroke. 

Not only must specific strategies be developed for keeping a dog cool outside, but they must also be developed to keep the dog cool inside the house. 

In some cases, a dog that is overweight may experience hot flashes or become overheated much more quickly than dogs in good physical condition

Today, I’ll go over the top five ways to keep your dog cool in the house.


5 Ways To Keep a Dog Cool Inside The House 

1: Proper Ventilation/Avoid Warm Rooms 

This is a critical step in keeping your dog cool in the house. You must always provide your dog with a well-ventilated room. 

The heat is quickly dissipated by good ventilation and airflow through the windows. 

For example, if the temperature is around 95 degrees Fahrenheit, but the room is not ventilated, the dog will feel suffocated.

On the other hand, even if the temperature rises to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, proper ventilation will keep the room cool and breezy. 

As a result, avoid placing your dog’s bed in an area that is always warm and crowded. Increasing the amount of furniture in the room will also disrupt the ventilation process.

2: Cool Water  

During the summer, ensure that your canine has an abundance of water to drink. We’ve seen dogs stick out their tongues. They do this to cool themselves down. 

Giving them plenty of water to drink will quickly lower their body temperature. 

A healthy dog should drink around 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight per day, according to the guidelines. In addition, dogs enjoy water sports. 

Based on this, you can involve them in water activities, such as setting up a small pool at home to spend quality time lowering body temperature. 

If you can’t plan anything elaborate, you can still make their bath time enjoyable and memorable for them.

3: Fan/Air Conditioning 

It’s not enough to have a room with large windows and proper air ventilation. In your dog’s primary space, you should install a fan or air conditioner.

Because the dogs have a thick coat of fur covering their bodies, it is difficult for them to reduce their body temperature without the assistance of an outside source. 

A fan in the room will make the environment more breathable for the dog. Your dog’s breed influences whether you use a fan or an air conditioner. 

Siberian Huskies, Great Pyrenees, Mountain Dogs, Pugs, and a few other breeds are more susceptible to heat. 

You can set the thermostat for your dog to be between 75 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

4: Ice Pack 

An ice pack uses frozen water to provide cooling to the body and quickly reduce body temperature. In the event of a severe condition, these cold packs are used. 

When the temperature is too high, you should be more careful. We can’t simply lock the dog in a room and force them to sit in front of a fan. 

Dogs will keep running around the house, no matter how hot it gets. If you notice your dog is sweating profusely and becoming dizzy, you can use ice packs to cool its body. 

In the development of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, ice packs are incredibly effective. You can wrap it around their body to instantly lower their body temperature.

5: Hardwood Floor 

Hardwood floor is, in my opinion, a brilliant idea for keeping your house cool. 

Even if you keep all the windows and doors closed, your dog won’t sit still for a minute in this scorching heat. 

As a result, other methods of keeping the house cool may be ineffective in some cases. Even in hot summers, the marble stone is known to keep you cool. 

To cool off, the dog can easily move around or lie down on it. Additionally, this type of floor doesn’t attract dirt or bacteria. 

3 Helpful Tips For Each Size of Dog

1: Small (15+ Pounds) 

Small puppies, like human infants, are sensitive to temperature changes. The same is true for small adult dogs with low body weight, so you should be mindful of them.

Remember to keep a water container in various locations around the house. This will protect them from dehydration, which is common in small pups during the summer. 

Dogs enjoy lying on the floor; so, a damp towel will prevent them from absorbing heat from the floor and allow them to cool themselves easily. 

You can keep a tub of water in the play activity area for them to take quick baths throughout the day.

2: Medium (50+ Pounds) 

During the summer, medium-sized dogs are the easiest to manage. 

They aren’t as sensitive to heat, nor do they retain as much heat within the body. 

Provide them with a constant water supply and, depending on the breed, keep them under a fan or air conditioner. Keep your dog’s fur light and groomed. 

More fur on the body means more heat is trapped inside the body. Summer fruits like apples, blueberries, and watermelons are great for keeping the dogs cool.

3: Large (100+ Pounds) 

Large dogs, like small dogs, require special attention. They have a denser coat of fur and more muscle and fat on their bodies. 

So, they require more time to dissipate extra heat and maintain internal body temperature. 

Avoid any physical activities that will exhaust the dog to the point of excessive sweating. Participate in water activities such as swimming with them. 

You could build a Do-It-Yourself pool for them at home. Keep large dogs in air-conditioned rooms because they are prone to heatstroke. 

Furthermore, if the floor is not marble stone, you can use ice packs to keep it cool. If your dog prefers, they can lie near it.


Summer carries with it a slew of distinct responsibilities for pet owners. They must research various methods of protecting their dogs from the scorching sun and rising temperatures. 

Choose a less crowded and more open room for your dog, where they can enjoy the natural breeze. You can put a fan near their bed or set the thermostat to a comfortable temperature. 

Make sure your canine drinks plenty of h2O to avoid dehydration from sweating. Make bath time a pleasant venture for them so they can enjoy cooling off. 

You may need to modify your strategies based on the size of your dog. Whatever approach you prefer, make sure to keep them as cool as possible.

Written by Brian Rucker

Brian Rucker has been a dog lover since childhood. He has had his Lab Mix with Hound for over 10+ years now! They enjoy playing outdoors together. Brian loves sharing his knowledge about all things dog on this website. Read more of Brian's articles.