The Top 5 Ways to Celebrate National Dog Day

National Dog Day is Saturday, August 26th, and it’s the absolute perfect opportunity to celebrate your furry friend that brings you so much love and joy. And unlike so many of our human friends, most dogs aren’t super picky about gifts and treats so whatever you do is usually met with pure, unadulterated enjoyment. To help get you started with some ideas, we asked our experts across our nearly 40 locations for their favorite ideas. Below are the top 5 ways to celebrate National Dog Day.

Top 5 Ways to Celebrate National Dog Day

  1. Walk the dogs at your local shelter. You don’t have to have a dog of your own to celebrate. Dog lovers of all kinds can share the joy that dogs bring us by volunteering at a local shelter. All shelter dogs love a little extra time spent outside of their kennels and it can be as easy as stopping in and taking them for a walk.
  2. Take your dog out for a puppuccino. What’s better than a cool, tasty beverage after a long, fun day? Many ice cream and coffee shops offer tasty treats made especially for dogs. You can grab a snack or a drink and so can they.
  3. Let your dog take you for a walk. Today is the day that your dog gets to lead. Let them explore, set the pace, and determine the direction. Within reason, of course.
  4. Spoil them with attention. What your dog wants most is your time and attention. So, take this time to spoil them with undivided love. Play, snuggle, explore, or even take a nap together. 
  5. Take a basket of new toys to a shelter. As dog owners ourselves, we know we spoil our dogs pretty much every day. So, take a moment on National Dog Day to do something for others. Try taking a basket of new toys to a nearby shelter or rescue.

There are literally hundreds of other ideas you can do to celebrate National Dog Day on August 26th this year. It’s a great chance to stop for a moment and appreciate all the love and joy that our dogs bring us.

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