The Best Ideas To Celebrate National Dog Day
No, we haven’t gone barking mad: National Dog Day really does exist! Every year on the 26th of August, dog lovers everywhere celebrate how great man’s best friend is, no matter their breed, age, or if they’re fortunate enough to look like their owner. Whether you’re a seasoned advocate of National Dog Day or you’re still sceptical we’re telling the truth, celebrate the special occasion with these fun ideas for you and your pooch.
1. Explore the outdoors
Purely judging by tail-wags-per-minute when we say “Walkies!”, dogs love nothing more than running amok outdoors. Celebrate Fido’s big day by visiting one of the many dog-friendly parks or beaches in your city. Sydneysiders flock to Sydney Park and Sirius Cove in Mosman while Melburnians are spoilt for choice with the likes of Albert Park and Yarra Bend Park.
Prepare for your big adventure outdoors by stocking up on the essentials like an adjustable harness, pet waste scooper, and disposable bags. Frivolous games of fetch can be tiring for even the most energetic pup, so there’s no guarantee your companion will want to walk home at the end of the day. If you can’t resist those big puppy dog eyes, come ready with a front-facing carrier to tote your precious fur baby on your back. Don’t be discouraged if you attract any weird looks, they’re just jealous.
2. Make time for a makeover
Pets are taught to love the fur they’re in, but there’s nothing wrong with a spot of pampering to help them look and feel their best. Most dogs would be happy with a DIY job at home with a pair of clippers, but some designer breeds have been known to turn their nose up at anything but the best. Splurge for National Dog Day by treating pooches to a comprehensive pamper package, including a spa, blow-dry, and blueberry facial. Unfortunately, this isn’t also offered to owners (don’t worry, we checked).
If pups are still a little self-conscious before a dog park romp, boost their confidence with something special like a personalised ID tag. Bolster their wardrobe with a few new outfits that will suit any occasion, like a dinosaur or shark jumpsuit. We promise they’ll love it almost as much as you do.
3. Don’t forget the rewards
It’s no great surprise dogs will do just about anything for treats, but the usual ‘sit, drop, roll’ routine can get stale quickly. Next time your pooch does something great, like collect the newspaper or confess their undying love, reward them with something of the non-food variety like a wiggle giggle dog toy.
Whatever you decide to do, we hope your National Dog Day is a memorable one. But remember, dogs are for life, so keep checking Groupon for new and exciting ways to celebrate them every day of the year.
Natalie is a writer, food enthusiast and fitness lover. She is regularly mistaken for Kristen Stewart, just with a wider range of facial expressions and less interest in getting bitten.