SPCA Wake’s Top Five Ways to Celebrate National Dog Day

At SPCA Wake, we completely understand having conversations with your dog or asking your dog for his/her opinion. We understand your foot falling asleep but not moving because your dog fell asleep on your lap 20 minutes ago and they look too comfortable to wake them. We understand calling in sick to work because your dog isn't feeling well and you need to be home to monitor him.

If you're that kind of person, then I imagine you already know that National Dog Day is Wednesday, August 26. We've put together some suggestions for how you and your dog can celebrate.


Top Five Ways to Celebrate National Dog Day

  • Homemade dog biscuits – Maybe you’ve turned to baking to fill some of your time during the pandemic. Put those skills toward something your favorite pup can enjoy! A simple Google search for “dog biscuit recipe” should return endless options.
  • Go for an adventure – Is there a new park or trail you’ve been wanting to visit? Most dogs would love to hop in the car and head to a place with new sights and smells. Need some inspiration? BringFido.com and Traillink.com have a list of dog-friendly trails.
  • One-on-one time – Maybe your dog is more of a cuddler than an adventure buddy, give them some quality, one-on-one time – no distractions, no interruptions. Have your spouse take the kids, turn off your phone, and sit on the floor with your dog. Maybe they like to be brushed or maybe they’d enjoy a massage. Or maybe they just want to be in your lap while you pet them and watch some TV.
  • Day care for a day – For your more social dog, consider sending them to day care for a day. If they love other dogs, then you know they’re having a blast making new friends. Plus, there’s the added benefit that they’ll be really tired when they get home.
  • New toys – Stop by your local pet store and find a few new toys. They don’t have to be expensive. They don’t have to be especially sturdy (half the fun is destroying it, right?) Put them in a basket on the floor at home and let your dog pull them all out to play. (For bonus points, bring your dog with you to pick out a toy or two themselves.)