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Celebrate Your Dog!

Celebrate Your Dog

 

National Dog Week is upon us, and there’s no better time to celebrate your fine furry friend. After all, there are few things in life that give us more pleasure then our pets. So take a moment to consider these “Top 10” ways to celebrate your dog.

#1 TAKE A TRIP TO A DOG FRIENDLY SPOT
A great way to celebrate your dog is to take him out to a spot he’s bound to enjoy. More and more public spaces are welcoming dogs, so a quick Internet search of your surrounding area should give you lots of ideas. There’s bound to be a park, beach, open-air shopping center, or even a pet store that will welcome your dog. Just make sure your dog is leashed and trained appropriately for public outings.


#2 TEACH A NEW TRICK
Why not celebrate your dog by showing off how smart he is? There are hundreds of fun, silly, and impressive tricks to teach your dog that go way beyond basic manners training. From jumping through a hoop, to waving goodbye, to doing a spin, you may find your pooch has some amazing potential in the trick department. Observe your dog to find out what he’s naturally good at—is he agile and likes to jump? Is he constantly picking up toys? Choose a trick that fits in with what he’s already inclined to do, and you’ll find him a more eager learner. There are lots of books and videos on the market that will give you step-by-step instructions on how to teach tricks.
 

#3 INVENT A NEW GAME OF YOUR OWN
Play is essential to your dog’s happiness. Most dogs have a drive to play hardwired into their DNA. Play not only helps you bond with your dog, it can challenge your dog mentally and physically, and get out excess energy. To celebrate your dog, why not make up a fun game for the two of you, or one that the whole family can play. It could be a game of hide-and-seek in the house, tag with the kids in the back yard, or even ask him to find the treat under a set of cups.
 

#4 TAKE CARE OF HIS HEALTH
Celebrating your dog also means you are giving him the healthiest life possible. Are you up to date on vaccinations? Has your yearly vet appointment slipped by the wayside? Do you find it hard to make time to groom your dog? This all has an impact on your dog’s health and his lifespan. Take the time and energy to really care for your dog and you’ll be rewarded for years to come.
 

#5 FEED HIM WELL
One major impact on your dog’s health is what he eats. Take a look at what you are feeding your dog to make sure that it contains high-quality ingredients and avoids fillers and unnatural preservatives. You may also want to rethink any treats you are giving your dog. There have been a number of recalls on treats made in other countries, so your best bet would be to find natural treats made in the USA.
 

#6 BRING OUT THE TOYS AND CHEWS
This is a great time to introduce a new toy or chew to your dog. After all, there’s an amazing assortment available! Maybe he’s never tried a stuffed toy, or an interesting chew with nubs to massage his gums. Or he might just go crazy for a toy that you can stuff a treat into. Changing up his toys and chews will keep your dog’s interest, occupy his time when you aren’t around, and give you a chance to play together when you are. Just be sure any toys you purchase are safe and durable—you can’t go wrong with chew toys, treat toys, and dental chews from Nylabone!
 

#7 FIND A PHOTO OP
Get out your camera or cell phone and snap some new photos of your best friend. Try to capture a funny facial expression or something silly that he does. You can even practice the art of the “selfie with dog” and post it to your favorite social media site. After all, you’ve spent hours “liking” photos of your friend’s kids, now they can admire your fur kid!
 

#8 GET SOME NEW SWAG
Glam up your dog with a new leash and collar or harness. There are so many fabulous styles and patterns available now, there is no excuse for drab looking gear. Find something that reflects your dog’s personality—rhinestones for the fashionsita pup, gingham for the down-to-earth dog, or tie-dye for the fun-loving pooch. You’ll be walking in style!
 

#9 PARTY DOWN
Nothing says “celebrate” more than having an actual party. Don’t worry what your friends and neighbors think—go ahead and throw a canine bash! Get as creative as you want. Invite a few of his doggy friends over for some play in the backyard, make up some party games for both the dogs and the pet parents, and provide some tasty treats and toys as favors.


#10 SPEND TIME TOGETHER
When you celebrate your dog, you celebrate all the unconditional love he’s given you throughout the years. And what he probably wants more than anything in the world is to spend time with his favorite person—you!


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