Celebrate National Dog Day with These Big and Small Gestures

Celebrate National Dog Day with These Big and Small Gestures

National Dog Week (annually on September 18–24) is when people can show their love and appreciation for their dogs. It is a weeklong event that allows dog owners to spend quality time with their furry friends and create lasting memories.

Here are some big and small gestures you make with your furry friends that could make National Dog Week the best ever!

Small Gestures

Create a daily playtime in their schedule

Spending some dedicated playtime with your pup can be a great way to bond and release excess energy. After a long day at work, you may not feel like playing, but your pup will love it! You'll hit two birds with one stone: a great time with your dog and a bit of exercise, too!

Give them an ear rub

When you rub your dog's ears, you trigger one of their pressure points, releasing endorphin hormones throughout their body. These hormones act as natural painkillers, and your dog will feel a sense of euphoria and relief.

Treat your pet as you would a kid or a human companion 

Do you know how dogs can do tricks by responding to human commands? This works when having regular conversations, too! Talking to your dog in a baby or adult voice can help you bond with them. They may not understand every word you're saying, but they'll be able to pick up on your tone and affection.

When talking to your pup, make sure to make eye contact. This will help strengthen your bond and develop trust between you.

Remember as well that—while dogs are very friendly creatures—they sometimes need space, too! Our furry friends have unique personalities, just like people do. Getting to know your dog and what makes them tick is important.

Once you understand your dog's quirks, showing them the love and attention they deserve will be easier. A strong connection between you and your precious pup will lead to a deeper, happier, and healthier relationship.

Teach them a new trick (or two)

Dogs love to learn new things, so keep them challenged by teaching them new

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tricks or playing new games. This will help create a strong bond between you and your dog while providing them mental stimulation.

If you want to take this tip seriously, a puppy, obedience, or agility class is a great way for your pup to learn manners and skills, spend quality time with you, and socialize with other pups and their parents. Either way, having more playtime with them is a great excuse.

Make time for cuddles

It's important to take time out of your day to show your dog some love. An excellent way to achieve this is through cuddling. This will let them know you care about them and make you both feel happy. The next time your pup(s) jump on you, give them a much-needed cuddle instead of shooing them off.

Just hang out

A dog can make a great companion for many reasons. They are loving and loyal creatures that will stick by your side no matter what, and it’s a relationship that’s been established for 15,000 years, according to scientists!

Dogs are also great at making people laugh and providing companionship when we need it the most. So let them hang out with you at home or the next time you plan a trip to your local pet store!

Give them treats just because

One of the best ways to show your dog love is to give them a quality meal or

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treat every once in a while. Your pup will love the surprise, and you will love that look when they know they're getting something special.

You can even make your dog’s day by giving them a fun toy to play with. You can take them to your local pet store and let them pick one out or get something extra special they wouldn't normally get. Either way, your dog will surely love it!

Big Gestures

Want to go above and beyond for National Dog Week? Try these bigger gestures!

Hold small dog gatherings

This playdate can be held in your backyard and include fun activities such as doggie pools, sprinklers, and catching balls; anything to get them socializing again after being cooped up at home.

Support an animal shelter (or two)

You can support a local animal shelter yourself by making monetary donations or by donating items that the shelter needs, such as food, blankets, or toys. If you cannot make any financial donations, you can still support your local animal shelter by volunteering your time.

Visit the vet

If it has been more than a year since your dog has seen a vet, you should schedule an appointment. How often you and your dog visit the vet should be based on age and health. Puppies and elderly dogs typically need to go more often than healthy adults.

Go on a special vacation

It’s common to leave our pets behind when we go out of state, but what if we brought them along? How often you take your dog to the vet should be based on age and health. Puppies and elderly dogs typically need to go more often than healthy adults.

Take them out to a fancy restaurant

If you're looking for a fun activity with your pup, take them to a dog-friendly restaurant that offers outdoor dining! Most of these restaurants will have water and treats available for your dog, and it's a great way to socialize with them.

If you're both pressed for time, you can also head to Starbucks for a Puppuccino. Your dog will love the whipped cream, and you can enjoy a delicious pumpkin spice latte. Another great option is Bruster's ice cream—they offer a free Doggie Sundae for your furry friend!

Get Them a Treat or Two at Maggie’s Pet Boutique

Love on your precious pup with a visit to Maggie’s Pet Boutique today! We’re a local pet store that sells pet-themed gifts, leashes, apparel, and similar items for you and your furry friends! Check out our collection by visiting our website! See you and your dog there!