The Best Cooling Dog Beds for Hot Summer Nights
Dogs love their cushy, comfy beds, especially when it’s hot outside and the only tolerable activity is lounging and slurping water. You see, canines may be our favorite mammals, but they don’t regulate body heat as well as we do. (Greeting a loved one at the door? Yeah, they do that way better.) Panting is one of the only ways they have to stay cool! So, even if it’s not 100 degrees outside, a cooling bed is a great idea. These are our favorites.
After getting rave reviews for their human-sized mattresses with humidity-fighting technology, Casper realized dogs could benefit from the same features. The company also took canine instincts into account with the design. Back in the day, and perhaps among wolf packs today, dogs used to make soothing sleeping spots by digging into and kicking around dirt to get to cooler layers of earth. Casper’s beds are not only made with memory foam, but they also have extra cover material that lets dogs imagine they’re roughing up the ground like their ancestors did before turning in. Oh, and the beds come in three colors and three sizes.
K&H Cool Bed III
As a waterbed for dogs, this bed is literally one of the coolest on our list. It requires no cords, batteries or weird chemicals—all it takes is pouring water through the filler cap and K&H’s Cool Core absorbs your dog’s body heat, cools it down to room temperature and then lets it dissipate back into the air or the ground. It is a waterbed, so making sure nails aren’t talons will be important to maintaining a leak-free bed. K&H also advises against sticking it in the freezer like an ice pack. Stick to the manufacturer’s instructions and you should be just fine—and cool.
AmazonBasics Elevated Cooling Pet Bed
Sometimes all it takes is a nice breeze to cool your dog down. This elevated cooling bed, sitting seven inches high, is made with a super-breathable, durable mesh material that’s easy to clean. Think of it like a camping cot for your pup. Also, a common theme among cooling dog beds is joint pressure relief, which this bed provides (aka it’s ideal for aging dogs).
Sealy Lux Quad Layer Orthopedic Dog Bed with Cooling Gel
Sealy, another company known for its human mattresses, makes an orthopedic dog bed with high-quality foam (for comfort) and a Pro-Charcoal base (for odor absorption). The heat regulating Cooling Energy Gel gathers high temperatures on the bed’s surface and exudes them into the air or out onto the floor so you can rest easy knowing your dog is cool (and sturdy, as its got a no-slip bottom that prevents them from scooting around as they chase cars in their sleep).
Green Pet Shop Dog Cooling Mat
Even if your pup snoozes the whole damn afternoon, he’ll stay cool on the Green Pet Shop Dog Cooling Mat. This bed kicks into action automatically as soon as it feels your dog’s body weight and recharges itself after roughly 15 minutes of inactivity. While the design is more focused on cooling and less on comfort, it easily lays on top of thicker cushions or beds and will obviously add a huge comfort element on a hot day (especially if you travel with your pup in the car a lot).
Stella Seasons Bed
If you live in a place where summer is very hot and winter is very cold, the Stella Seasons Bed is ideal because it adjusts based on the weather. One side has a thick, warm fabric to trap heat in when it’s cold. The other side has a breathable cotton fabric over a layer of cooling gel. Both sides offer waterproof lining for, ya know, the very occasional accidents. It’s also a terrific option for aging canines who may have hip or joint problems.
Arf Pets Self-Cooling Mat Pad
If your dog loves her crate (and/or you are crate training), this mat may become your pup’s BFF. It requires no technology or refrigeration and stays cool for three hours. Plus, dogs that have recently undergone medical treatment and may be in pain or have swelling can benefit from the cooling quality of this Arf Pets mat. No water necessary. Nylon for easy cleaning. No worrying about your dog’s nails piercing the bed.