One of the unfortunate things about being a dog is that you're incapable of making ice cubes. Dogs have a higher body temperature than humans, plus a hair-covered body, and what little sweat they produce is on their paws and noses. So when summer hits, they need help staying cool. The easy solution? Dog cots.
What a dog cot does
Dog cots are elevated dog beds made from breathable fabric or mesh. Because a dog cot is usually at least five inches off the ground, air is able to flow under the bed, keeping it - and your dog - at a comfortable temperature.
Even dogs that enjoy lying in the sun are more comfortable on an elevated dog bed. Because the ground absorbs heat (particularly poolside cement), a dog sitting in the summer sun is getting baked from both above and below. The cooler surface of raised dog beds thus allows sun-loving canines to get some rays without overheating.
Dog cot benefits and features
Cleanliness isn't always a hallmark of dogliness, especially when dogs are looking for moist, cool, i.e. muddy, spots to sit down in. A raised dog bed will not only help keep your pet out of the mud, but it's also easy to clean. You could even spray it down with a hose on a hot day if your dog enjoys sitting on a cooler surface.
These cooling dog beds are also very hygienic, because they're resistant to moisture, mold, and mildew, and dog pests like fleas and mites. Combine that with a frame that's easy to fold and transport, and you've got the perfect dog cot for camping or hunting trips.
Finally, dog cots work equally well at keeping pets warm. Set one up with a blanket or two, and you've got an overnight bed your dog(s) will be sure to love.