A dog house with an A/C would be much more effective, if you must keep your animal outside in our summer months. It sounds a little crazy, but it is more humane. Also a small kiddie pool will help them cool off also, just change the water daily. (We have a 150lb Rottie/Mastiff, we live in a 8X30 trailer and feel he is family and we wouldn't leave him out in this heat no more than a child, but that is us.) Best of luck!