Dog Sprinkler (keeping cool with a homemade water sprinkler)

Mar 23, 2022 | Dogs, Heat stroke

Heat stroke in dogs is common in Australia because of the harsh sun and temperatures that soar, especially in the northern parts of Australia. Any breed of can succumb to heat stroke, especially if they are exercising in the hottest part of the day. We recommend introducing a bit of water play along with plenty of shade and drinking water to prevent any heat related illness. Dogs and sprinklers – what better way to create a little bit of backyard fun this summer while keeping your pooch cool. This homemade water sprinkler is a great way to make inexpensive water play for your pup.

How to make a homemade sprinkler

What you’ll need

  • backyard/fenced off outdoor area
  • Access to a hose and tap
  • An empty plastic drink bottle (minus the lid)
  • A knife
  • Tape


  1. The empty plastic drink bottle will act as your sprinkler head. Carefully poke holes in the bottle, approximately half a centimetre wide. Poke about 10 holes in total on the top side of the bottle, as one side of the bottle will lay on the ground.
  2. Attach the bottle at the spout where the lid would normally attach, to the end of the hose. Use tape to securely tape the hose and bottle together.
  3. Turn on the tap and check that the connection you’ve made is secure. Once secure, turn on the tap enough to create pressure and voila! Your sprinkler is now ready to go.

For more ideas on how to keep your pet cool in warm weather, visit our How to Keep Dogs Cool in Summer blog.

If you believe your pet is suffering from heat stroke, contact your closest Animal Emergency Service hospital or your local vet immediately.

For more information about heat stroke, visit our Heat Stroke in Dogs Guide.

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