August 1, 2019

ASU Police trauma dog Dutch has 5 ways to stay cool for back to school

Editor's note: July 3 marked the start of "the dog days of summer," the most sweltering days of the year. (For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway.) To help you make it through, ASU Now is talking to experts from around the university about everything dog, from stars to language to man's best friend. Look for new stories every week through Aug. 9.

Fall semester is just around the corner at Arizona State University, though it certainly doesn't feel like fall yet.

We're in the tail end of the dog days of summer, so ASU Now checked in with ASU Police trauma dog Dutch to find out five ways to beat the heat.


Video by Ashley Sorensen/ASU Now

Braving the heat

Dutch isn't the only one at ASU who's working on keeping people safe from extreme temperatures. Urban climatologists Ariane Middel and Scott Krayenhoff did a three-year study of the Tempe campus, mapping out the three coolest (and hottest) spots.

Other ASU researchers also are working on heat-related issues, including David Hondula, who is working with the city of Phoenix to develop a first-of-its-kind heat readiness plan that will guide how the city identifies, tracks, prepares for and responds to the dangers of extreme urban heat.

ASU's Environmental Health and Safety has a guide of summer safety tips, such as heat stress prevention and staying safe around water.

And speaking of water, a dip in the pool at one of the Sun Devil Fitness complexes is a great way to cool off. Not a swimmer? They offer lessons.