Sometimes the only way to beat the heat is to stay home in the comfort of your air conditioner. The same goes for our dogs who can truly feel the effects of the heat if not given enough shade, water, or rest on a hot summer day.

Have you noticed your pet hanging out in some of the cooler areas of your house? Here are five locations within your living space that can be top spots for keeping cool.

1. The Water Bowl

You know the drill. Always supply a bowl of fresh, clean water for your dog. You can keep the water cool and give your dog a special treat by dropping a few ice cubes in his water. You could even use these paw-shaped ice cube trays for some personality!

2. The Freezer (Cold Treats)

Your dog doesn’t have to miss out on all the fun of an ice cream outing. He can escape the heat and enjoy a cold cup of Frosty Paws frozen dog treat straight from your freezer. Look for it in your local grocer’s freezer section in Original and Peanut Butter flavors.

3. The Backyard Pool

If you don’t have an in-ground pool, no worries. A simple, portable pool can be the perfect place for your dog to lounge around when the temperature rises. Place the pool in a shady spot and let your dog soak or splash as he pleases. And if you do have an in-ground pool, make sure to supervise your dog at all times when he’s around it – not all dogs are good swimmers!

4. The Kitchen Floor

Ever notice how your dog favors tile over carpet on hot summer days? Kitchen or bath tile is obviously a cooler solution. So don’t be surprised if the kitchen becomes his new favorite location in the house. If you don’t have tile or prefer to keep your dog away from the kitchen or bathroom, consider a gel pet mat to deliver instant cool anywhere you place it.

5. Ahhh, the Air Vent

Is your dog the type to race to the air vent after coming in from the heat outside? We can’t blame him. It’s a smart and effective way to cool off when the air conditioner kicks on. Another great solution that’s similar to the air vent is a pet crate fan. If you’re accustomed to leaving your dog crated while away, a pet crate fan helps to circulate air and remove warm air from the inside of the crate.

What other tricks do you have up your sleeve for keeping your dog cool in the summer? Tell us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.

BONUS READ: Do you know how much water your dog needs? Find out in our blog post, How to Keep Your Dog Hydrated This Summer