Summer Grooming Tips for Dogs in Daycare: Keeping Them Clean and Cool

Summer is right around the corner, and if your dog attends daycare in Florida, that means it’s already heating up. 

It's essential to pay extra attention to grooming your furry friends, especially if they spend time in daycare. At Kanine Social we provide airconditioned indoor facilities, so pups are always feeling fine. However, proper grooming not only keeps dogs looking their best but also helps them stay comfortable and cool during hot weather. 

Here are some summer grooming tips especially for dogs in daycare!

Stay on Top of Shedding

Regular brushing is a normal part of any dog’s life, daycare or not, but if you have a breed with thick fur that sheds, this can be important to remove to prevent matting and improve air circulation to the skin. 

Use a suitable brush or comb for your dog's coat type, and aim to brush them at least a few times a week to keep their coat in top condition.


This isn’t about bathing your dog enough, it’s actually a reminder to avoid over-bathing, as it can strip their coat of natural oils, leading to dry skin. 

Use a mild dog shampoo and bathe them only when necessary, such as after a day of outdoor play or if they get particularly dirty. Rinse thoroughly to remove all shampoo residue.

Trim the Coat

Consider trimming your dog's fur, especially if they have a long or thick coat. A shorter trim can help them stay cooler in hot weather and reduce the risk of matting and tangles. 

However, be cautious not to trim their fur too short, as it can expose their skin to sunburn and insect bites.

Nail Care 101

Keep your dog's nails trimmed to a comfortable length to prevent overgrowth, which can cause discomfort and affect their mobility. Long nails can also get caught on surfaces, leading to injuries. Regularly check and trim nails as needed.

All About the Paws

A super hot sidewalk can burn the skin on your pup’s precious paws! Check your dog's paw pads regularly for any signs of irritation, cracks, or foreign objects like thorns or debris. 

Keep paw pads clean and moisturized with pet-safe paw balms or creams to protect them from hot surfaces and rough terrain.

Hydration and Shade

Hydration and shade are key to staying cool. If you are scouting out daycares, make it a point to tour the facilities, taking note of the amenities offered. Is there outdoor and indoor space for the dogs to play? Do they provide shaded areas and/or air conditioning? How often are they given fresh water?

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