Today is National Dog Day, a day to celebrate all breeds of dogs- mutts, mixes and purebreds alike, so if you have a dog, know a dog or simply admire them when you’re out and about, it’s important to treat man’s best friend with respect. Here are just seven ways you can do that…

Image courtesy of Pixabay

Image courtesy of Pixabay

Walk your dog somewhere different: If you already own a pooch, why not treat them to an extra long walk or take them to a new sniffing spot? There are plenty of popular dog walking areas near you if you take a look or ask around, so give your pooch the gift of a change of scenery. And if you enjoy getting involved in good causes…

Sign up for the Big Dog Walk: The Virtual World Big Dog Walk Challenge will take place across the month of September 2020 and aims to raise thousands of pounds for dog-related charities, whilst not compromising the safety of those involved. Dog walkers from all over the world will complete their walks independently, getting involved via the World Big Dog Walk Website: Walkers can choose to walk wherever and with whomever they like.

Post a picture of your pooch on social media: If you dote on your dog, why not post a cute picture of them on your socials? There’s a reason why there are so many funny dog compilations on You Tube- there is huge demand for sweet animal pictures and videos- they keep social feeds light and positive so keep posting and outnumber the negative nellies!

Walk someone else’s dog: If you have a friend who has a furry friend, you could offer to walk it for them or even join them on their daily dog walk. It’s a win-win- you get to spend time with the owner and their beloved pet as well as getting in your step count for the day. There is nothing to lose. 

Volunteer at a local shelter: Check out your nearest shelter online and get in touch to see if they need any help. Chances are they will welcome the extra pair of hands to walk the dogs, clean their living area, to help with fundraising or even to assist in admin tasks. Give them the gift of time. 

Buy your dog something that they will appreciate: A new toy, bed, treat or even a lead. It doesn’t have to cost the earth but if we know anything about dogs, it’s they are delighted with the simplest of pleasures. The sheer sight of their owner is enough to send them wild, so even if you are able to spend a little more with them than normal, they will be happy. 

Adopt a dog: If, and only if you have been thinking about adopting a dog for a while and are in a position to do so, today would be a lovely day to fulfil that dream. And by adopting a dog from a shelter, you will be giving a homeless dog all the love and care they deserve. If you are not ready but have been considering it, today might be the ideal time to do your research and find out how you can prepare yourself and your home for a dog before you start looking for your new companion. After all, a dog is for life, so give them your all.  

Happy National Dog Day! 

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