So what day is National Dog Day, and how did we get a day dedicated entirely to dogs? Well, National Dog Day is on August 26th every year and is a holiday that came about in 2004 thanks to the work of an animal rescue advocate, conservationist, and author by the name of Colleen Paige.
Colleen wanted to bring more attention to all of the amazing things dogs do for us every day and find a way for us to give back to them! There are seeing eye dogs, military and police working dogs, search and rescue dogs, herding dogs, farm dogs, and so many more. And all these dogs ask for in return is some love. She also wanted more people to recognize the sheer number of furry friends in rescues and local animal shelters in need of a loving home.
Every day is National Dog Day
While not every day is national spoil your dog day, our dogs probably think every day should be! So here are some fun ways to celebrate and spoil your pup on National Dog Day this year.
Spend Quality Time
One of the best ways to celebrate National Dog Day with your dog is also one of the easiest. Just spend some quality time with your pup!
It doesn't matter what you do, whether it's playing a game of fetch in the backyard, going for a walk, or just snuggling up together on the couch to watch a movie. Your four-legged friend will absolutely love it. If you have other dogs, you can spend time together as a group or give one dog at a time your full attention!
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Another great way to spoil your pup is by getting outside. You can do anything from going for a long walk, hiking, going to a park to have a picnic, or even spending the day at the beach! Sometimes life gets so busy that we forget about the simple things. Not only is it good for our dogs to spend time outdoors, but it is great for our human health as well!
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Go on a Shopping Spree
While you don't have to buy the whole store, it can be really fun to take your pup and just go walk around your favorite pet store. Your dog will love taking in all the sights and, not to mention, all the smells! And on national spoil your pup day, be sure to let your dog pick out any toy that it wants!
Some dogs will be happy with absolutely anything, and others might realize what a special day it is and closely examine every single toy they can find to pick out the absolute best one.
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Give Your Dog a Massage
We all know how much most dogs love to be pet, but what about massages? Many dogs will love to get a gentle massage! It can help keep their muscles in good condition and help reduce any stress or anxiety your dog may have.
The easiest way to start is with a simple back rub. Give long strokes down your dog's back, avoiding touching the spine directly. You can also try rubbing your dog's forehead and head, neck, shoulders, and even your dog's hind legs. Start gently and see what your dog likes best!
Plan a Doggie Play Date
Another great way to spoil your dog is to plan a playdate! Does your dog have a best friend that they haven't seen in a while? Invite them over to play in the yard or to go for a hike together. Your dog will love seeing and playing with an old friend!
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Make homemade dog treats
A really fun way to celebrate National Dog Day is to make homemade dog treats. And because dogs love to be involved, don't forget to let your dog lick the spoon and the batter after you’re done!
There are dozens of amazing and easy recipes that can be found online. Homemade dog treats can contain things like peanut butter, banana, and even oats. Just pop them in the oven on a baking sheet for a few hours, and you're set!
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Turn on the Sprinklers Outside
Dogs often enjoy playing in the water, and the sensation of the water spraying on their fur can be very stimulating and exciting for them. Additionally, playing in the sprinklers can provide a form of exercise for dogs, which is important for their physical and mental health.
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Make Your Dog a DIY Interactive Toy
Try making a DIY interactive toy for your dog! Choose safe materials for your dog to play with, like cotton rope, fleece, old t-shirts or old towels. Avoid using materials that are easily torn apart or can be swallowed by your dog.
Think about what type of toy your dog enjoys playing with the most, such as a tug toy or a fetch toy. You can also get creative and make a puzzle toy or a treat-dispensing toy. Cut the materials into the desired length and shape, and then knot or braid them together to create their new toy.
For example, you could tie some old kitchen towels in a couple of knots to form a ball shape and stuff some treats inside. Your dog can sniff out the treats and enjoy a little snack. You'll want the toy sturdy enough to withstand your dog's playtime, but also remember to supervise.
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Let Your Dog Get Dirty
Letting your dog get dirty can be a great way for them to enjoy themselves and have fun. Dogs are naturally curious and playful animals, and getting dirty is sometimes just a part of their nature! If your dog wants to roll around and take a mud bath, so be it. It's their day, after all!
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Cheers to Human’s Best Friend!
Spoiling your dog on National Dog Day can be a great way to show them how much you appreciate their presence in your life. From buying your special pup new toys and treats to taking them on a special outing or giving them extra cuddles, there are many ways to make your dog feel extra loved and pampered on this day.
Spoiling your dog on National Dog Day is not only a great way to show your unconditional love and appreciation but also an amazing opportunity to strengthen your bond and create lasting memories with your special companion.