National Dog Day is almost here. The event is intended to recognize all dogs, purebred and mutt, working dogs, family dogs, and every dog in between. Founded by animal advocate Colleen Paige in 2004, the day encourages everyone to celebrate their love of dogs. National Dog Day is August 26, and it’s time for you to get in on the fun.
How You Can Celebrate National Dog Day
Want to celebrate National Dog Day? It’s easy, love your dog! You can celebrate this day by making sure your dog is happy, healthy, and well-cared for! However, what about the thousands of dogs out there who don’t have a home? You can maybe decide to expand your furry family by adopting one, or maybe by making a donation at your local shelter. You can contact the facility to find out what they’re in need of, be it dog food, toys, beds or blankets.
There are several events associated with National Dog Day, and they’re all a great way to celebrate dogs!
First, you can snap a photo of you and your pup, and share it on Instagram with the hashtag #NationalDogDay. Everyone will be able to see how much you love your dog, and they’ll be inspired to share their own dog snaps! Be sure you follow National Dog Day on Instagram as well.
Next, treat your pup! Buy a new dog treat or a toy, or maybe book them a nice relaxing massage at a doggy day spa. You can also take the time to take your dog to the groomer, or groom them yourself. Your dog could probably use a nice brushing anyhow.
Go out and play! Take your dog to the dog park, and let him burn off some energy. Try exploring a new (dog-friendly) area that will entertain you both. You can also teach your pup a new trick or command.
National Dog Day also encourages pet owners to take the day to do a safety check of their home. It’s important to make sure your home is dog-friendly so you reduce the risk of your animal getting hurt or sick. Run through the following items and see if you can check all of them off your list:
- Cabinets with poisonous items are securely latched or close tightly, and can’t be easily opened by paws
- Plants that are hazarous and toxic to animals aren’t where they can be chewed or eaten
- Chemicals and antifreeze are kept securely away from animals
- Shoes or clothing with buttons, cords, and other things that can get tangled in the digestive system are stowed away safely
- Medications are kept in a medicine cabinet or cupboard, with lids tightly closed on bottles
Other ways National Dog Day recommends you celebrate include taking an ill or elderly neighbor’s dog for a walk, get a pet portrait made, or have a pet photographer snap classic photos of your dog.
Whatever you do to celebrate, here’s hoping you have a great day with your dog! Or maybe even bring your first dog into your home!