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Ways You Can Celebrate National Dog Day

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August 26 is National Dog Day, a time to celebrate all the joy and entertainment our canine companions bring to us every day. For a great many people (present company included), dogs are important members of the family, even regarded as children by some owners. While we should show our love and appreciation for our dogs every day, National Dog Day is a great time to show the special pooch in your life just how much you care about them.

Not sure how to show your pup your appreciation? Here are a few ideas to make National Dog Day extra special.

Spoil them with exercise
August 26 falls on a Monday, and we all know that weekdays are typically reserved for shorter walks and abbreviated visits to the dog park compared to what our pets can expect on the weekends. So on National Dog Day, devote more time to giving your dogs the exercise they need. Take them for a hike, a long walk, a swim, or a visit to their favorite park.

If you can’t block out more time in your schedule to devote to canine exercise, see if you can take your pooch to a doggy daycare for the day and let them play until they’re exhausted. There seems to be no shortage of doggy daycares appearing around the country lately. While rates will vary, you can probably get a day’s worth of dog playtime for under $30, and your dog is sure to leave the daycare paw-sitively pooped.

A tired dog is a happy dog.

My dog, Lola, after a romp at the park.

Find a dog event
While this might not be happening in every neighborhood, National Dog Day is playing host to some events throughout the country. Indiana, California, and Virginia are just a few states hosting events for your four-legged family members. Visit the National Dog Day website to read more about the events going on in your area.

Serve them something special
If you want to serve your dogs a special meal but are afraid of varying their diet too much, consider adding a tasty treat to go along with their normal food. Natural Balance offers special dog food rolls that are a great way to add extra flavor and deliciousness to your dog’s meal. My dog loved the turkey formulation when I gave it to her as an extra treat with her dry food. (She gobbled it up!)

While all these ideas are a great way for you to pay homage to the special dog in your life, the most important thing you can do is to make sure your dogs know how much you love them, not just on National Dog Day, but every day of the year.

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