National Dog Week - What are you doing?
What is National Dog Week?
National Dog Week is an annual event that celebrates the many ways dogs enrich our lives. This year, it will be held from September 20-27.
During National Dog Week, pet owners are encouraged to take time to appreciate their four-legged friends and to do something special to show them how much they are loved.
This might include taking them on an extra-long walk, giving them a new toy, or simply spending some extra time cuddling them.
National Dog Week was started in 1928 by dog lovers in the United States. It is now celebrated in several countries around the world.
How Do you Celebrate National Dog Week?
Bake a cake
Who doesn't love cake? And what dog could resist a cake made just for them?
There are lots of recipes out there for doggy cakes, so you can find one that fits your pup's taste.
Just make sure to use dog-safe ingredients like carob instead of chocolate.
Take them on an extra-long walk
Your dog is probably used to being walked once or twice a day. But during National Dog Week, why not take them on an extra-long walk?
If you don't have time for a longer walk, you can also try going to a new place so they can explore some new smells.
Give them a new toy
A new toy is always a welcome surprise for any dog. You can find all sorts of fun and interesting toys for dogs these days.
From chew toys to interactive puzzles, there's sure to be something your pup will love.
Spend some extra time cuddling
Dogs love nothing more than being close to their humans. So during National Dog Week, make sure to spend some extra time cuddling your furry friend. They'll appreciate the extra attention and love.
Shop for a new collar
Of course, you only need to do this if the collar you have is on its last legs. But if your dog's collar is looking a bit shabby, why not treat them to a new one during National Dog Week?
You can find all sorts of fun and funky collars these days, so take your pick.
Donate to your local dog shelter
As you'll probably know, everyday dogs are either lost or abandoned. And while there are lots of wonderful homes out there for them, not all dogs are so lucky.
So during National Dog Week, why not make a donation to your local shelter? Every little bit helps, and it's a great way to show your support for all the furry friends out there who need a home.
The RSPCA could be your first port of call. They are a charity who do amazing work to help animals in need.
Sign up for a dog-walking service
If you're not able to walk your dog as much as you'd like, why not sign up for a dog-walking service?
This way, you can rest assured that your pup is getting the exercise they need even when you're not able to take them out yourself.
Have a dog-themed party
This one is just for fun! Why not throw a party for your dog and all their furry friends?
You can make it as big or small as you like. Just make sure there are lots of dog-friendly snacks on hand, and maybe even a dog-themed cake.
What treats can you give a puppy?
Dogs pretty much eat everything, but puppies have sensitive tummies. So it's best to give them treats that are specially made for puppies.
You can find these at most pet stores, or you can ask your vet for recommendations.
- Peanut butter popsicles.
- Baby carrots.
These treats are also a great way to train your puppy. Just make sure you only give them a few at a time, as too many treats can lead to weight gain.
How often should you bathe a dog?
It depends on the dog. Some dogs need to be bathed once a week, while others can go for months without needing a bath.
If your dog starts to smell bad, it's probably time for a bath. But if they're just a little bit smelly, you can try using a dog-friendly dry shampoo in between baths.
Do all dogs need to be groomed?
No, not all dogs need to be groomed. If your dog has short hair, they probably won't need to be groomed very often.
But if your dog has long hair, they will probably need to be groomed every few weeks to prevent matting and tangles. You can either do this yourself or take them to a professional groomer.
How much exercise does a dog need?
Again, it depends on the dog. Some dogs need a lot of exercises, while others are content with just a few short walks each day.
The best way to figure out how much exercise your dog needs is to talk to your vet. They will be able to give you specific advice based on your dog's age, breed, and health.
Whatever you do to celebrate National Dog Week, remember to have fun and show your dog how much you love them.
They deserve it!
What are you doing for National Dog Week?
Let us know in the comments below!