It’s safe to say life wouldn’t be as wonderful, or active, without your dog. For all the love they give, dogs don’t ask for much in return. That’s why it’s important to celebrate your pup during National Dog Day, which falls on Aug. 26. After all, we’re all striving to be the person our dogs think we are and that person definitely celebrates National Dog Day.
Here are six simple yet amazing ways to pamper your dog this year.
1. Give a doggy massage
The only thing your dog likes better than being pet is receiving a doggy massage. It might sound silly, but dog massages are gaining popularity and dog owners say they help reduce pain and other symptoms in their pets. But doggy massages don’t need to be for medical reasons or done by a professional. For most dogs, massages are simply another way of relaxing with their owner. If you’ve never tried giving your dog a massage, you can start with a light neck rub.
Once you know that your dog enjoys it (closed eyes and relaxed posture are good signs) then it might be time to move to a different part of their body. Start with a gentle two-minute massage and slowly build your way up to longer experiences. Check for signs of distress or pain as you give the massage. Because dogs can’t communicate with words, they will often use body language to express themselves.
2. Share a beer with your furry friend
Did you know there are beers for dogs? You can crack open a beer with your furry best friend thanks to companies like Bowser Beer. A cold doggy beer is the perfect way to pamper your pup on National Dog Day. Dog beers are non-alcoholic and typically flavored with chicken or beef. It’s a healthy and fun way to treat your dog to a fancy beverage.
3. Whip up homemade treats
You’ve probably made cookies for your friends or whipped up a birthday cake for your spouse’s birthday, but have you ever baked for your dog? If not, National Dog Day is the perfect excuse to get busy in the kitchen and try something new. Homemade dog treats are a great way to spoil your fur baby and the best part is you won’t have to worry about added preservatives or unhealthy ingredients in the treats. There are tons of recipes to choose from online, but this peanut butter and pumpkin dog biscuit recipe is sure to be a hit and only takes 15 minutes to prepare.
4. Buy a cozy dog bed
As you know, dogs love cozy dog beds. It can take a few days for dogs to adjust to new beds, but that’s part of the fun. Your dog may already have a bed, but National Dog Day might be the perfect excuse to buy another one. After all, dogs needs a bed in every room, right?
5. Plan your dog’s favorite afternoon
There are a few activities all dogs love — snuggling, walking, playing and eating — but only you know your dog’s favorite activity. Whether it’s a long car ride, an evening at home or a trip to dog beach, take time to plan your dog’s favorite activity. Treating your dog to the activity that makes them the happiest is one of the best ways to pamper your pup this year.
6. Eat ice cream together
There’s only way to end National Dog Day — with a bowl of ice cream. Luckily, Purina makes doggy ice cream that is safe for your pup. Serve up two bowls this year and share a frozen treat with your best friend.