At Animal Clinic of Woodruff, not a day goes by without showing appreciation for our beloved fur friends. But as National Dog Day (August 26th) crawled closer, our team came up with a few special ways that we can celebrate our dogs a little more.
What is National Dog Day?
As a pet owner, every day may feel like dog day, but August 26th is recognized worldwide as National Dog Day since 2004. On this day, our team at Animal Clinic of Woodruff celebrates and honors our dogs and encourages adoption. We bring awareness to the importance of adopting pets of all breeds and how valuable they are to many individuals’ lives.
Celebrating our trusted pals
National Dog Day is a time for dog lovers across the globe to show appreciation for their furry friends and advocate for animal welfare. Let’s get into some fun, free ways to celebrate our pets!
Extra Playtime or an extra long walk
If your dog loves the outdoors, take them to a local park, open space or dog park for some extra play fun. If parks are scarce in your area, an extra long walk may be appreciated just the same! Just make sure it isn’t too hot for your dog (or yourself!).
If outdoor temperatures are high, playing indoors with your pet can be just as fun. Engage in games like fetch or tug-of-war to entertain and exercise your dog.
Make treats or toys for your dog
Homemade dog treats can be a healthy alternative to store-bought options. In addition, they can be cheaper and are way more fun to make! Simply Google a few of the ingredients you have (peanut butter, banana, sweet potato) with the words “dog treat” and you’ll find numerous recipes.
Feeling especially creative? Craft some DIY toys* using old fabrics (such as t-shirts and socks) and other materials (such as toilet paper rolls and rope). Google for inspiration or cook up something of your own.
*Please make sure you’re not using items that can easily get loose and swallowed by your pet.
If you want to take it the extra mile, combine your DIY toy with your homemade treats and your pup will be sure to love the outcome! It’s a healthy way to stimulate your pup without spending money.
Give your dog an at-home spa day
After a full day of playing with your pup, a good cleaning session may be needed. Check your dog for fleas and ticks while brushing them to their heart’s desire. Give them a bath, and/or cut out any dreads they may have acquired. While you’re at it, you may also want to clip their nails and clean their ears.
Not every dog is a big fan of a spa day, but it does strengthen the bond between dog and owner. Plus, it helps you ensure their health.
These free activities not only celebrate your precious pup but also contribute to their overall health and happiness. Remember that spending quality time with your furry friend is often the most cherished and rewarding gift you can give them.
Don’t forget to schedule your dog’s annual check-up appointment.