Nothing wins over a heart like a man’s best friend. National Dog Appreciation Day represents a special cause, not only for dogs but for the owners as well.
“It’s a day to be grateful for all the wonderful things dogs bring into our lives … the unconditional love, the companionship,” says National Dog Day founder, Colleen Paige.
How You Can Celebrate National Dog Day
With our 7 tips and ideas, you can show your deepest appreciation for these remarkable animals:
1. SHOW EXTRA AFFECTION:
Dogs love us unconditionally. They can forgive, forget and love us again even after we have been through some rough times. Reciprocating that affection could be a simple scratch behind the ears, check or neck. Belly rubs can be quite favored as well. How about some quality time watching TV? Invite your pup to sit with you and lay their head on your lap, cuddles are the best. It’s the small things that build a big bond.
2. THROW A PAwTY:
Make it epic! Send out dog invites, make treats for all the fur friends, play dress up, and send your guests home with a good bag of ZippyPaws toys — of course! Our Donutz are colorful and irresistible, which make the perfect take home treat! They also come in mini size too! Everyone will be able to squeak their treats all day long and your pup is guaranteed to make lots of friends! A great way to allow socializing while enhancing a playful and positive environment.
3. BUY SOME PRESENTS:
You hardly need another excuse to go shopping, but take National Dog Day to pick up a few new toys for your dog. Dogs can be rough on their toys, and tattered toys pose a risk to your dog’s health. Make a habit of tossing the old toys and replacing with a new batch of intriguing toys each National Dog Day.
ZippyPaws offers a great line of tough toys, such as the Monkey RopeTugz. The extra tough mountain climbing rope can withstand hours of tugging and play! This will also help build a stronger bond, not to mention, exert all their energy for a great night’s sleep!
Nothing shows appreciation more than toys where you both can play together!
4. TREATS AND REWARDS:
A smart puppy is a happy puppy. Break free from the daily routine and try teaching your dog a new trick each week! Giving positive reinforcements along the way build confidence and trust and will help you, as the pet parent, build patience along the way. A great way to achieve this is by giving rewards. Try different treats to see which is their favorite!
5. make a tasty treat:
A way to a dog’s heart is their stomach!
We have a famous, super simple but doggylicious recipe you can try! Contains only four ingredients and a blender. Mix 4 cups yogurt (flavored or plain, non-fat if needed) ½ cup creamy peanut butter, 2 tablespoons honey, and 1 ripe banana (mashed). Blend together and freeze! Since dogs cool down with their tongue, this will surely cheer them up while the weather is still hot — plus it’s super tasty!
6. Get Outside
Dogs love the outdoors! Spend an afternoon enjoying the great outdoors together with a hike, long walk or head to a nearby beach and let your pup cool off with a swim Bring along some of your favorite ZippyPaws toys for a game off fetch in the water. Make sure to bring plenty of water and treats to reward good behavior!
Has your pup never learned how to swim? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Find everything you might need with our Adventure Gear, from life jackets to cooling vests and treat bags!
It’s okay if you don’t own a dog, you can still participate in the festivities and show your appreciation in other ways. Honor National Dog Day by giving $5 to your local shelter. Many shelters and rescue groups also list needed items, such as blankets and toys, on their websites. Every little bit helps.
We want to celebrate National Dog Day with all of our dog lovers! From now until Sunday, August 28th you have the chance to win a whole box of Zippy goodies for your furry best friend!
The rules are simple:
1. Follow us on Instagram and ‘Like‘ our Facebook Page
2. Like the Instagram photo today, Friday, August 26th, and tell us why you think your dog should win the giveaway prize.
3. Tag 2 friends in the comments below of the Instagram photo
You’re officially entered! We will announce the winner some time next week!
Don’t want to wait to see if you’re the winner? Shop our National Dog Day sale where you’ll receive 25% off your entire purchase when you use the code “ILOVEDOGS” during checkout. The code will be valid from now until Sunday, August 28th at 11:59 PM PST. Happy shopping everyone!