Dogs have been our trusted canine companions for centuries, to be more specific, not less than 14,000 years. Dogs were the first animals to be domesticated serving varied roles. Our bond with the furry pets has only strengthened and today we cannot imagine our lives without them. In honor of what dogs mean to humanity, The National Dog Week was established in 1928 by retired service dog trainer, Capt. Will Judy. The main motive behind creating this week was to spread awareness about the benefits of owning a dog and the proper care that they deserve.
This year National Dog Week will be celebrated from September 20th to 26th. Let us look at some of the ways we can make this week special for our furry buddies.
Give Them A Day Off
After a long week of being your loyal companion, your dog deserves a day off too. Give them a break from their daily routine and let them sleep in or just laze around the house. You can also take them out for a long walk or to their favorite park to play. This will not only make them happy but also help them stay active and healthy.
Plan a picnic in your backyard or at a nearby park with your family and include your furry friend in the fun too. Dogs love being outdoors and this is a great way to spend some quality time with them. Don’t forget to carry some dog-friendly snacks and water for your pooch.
Dogs love being pampered and what better way to show them how much you care than by giving them a spa day. You can give them a relaxing massage, brush their fur, or give them a warm bath. This will not only make them feel good but also help you bond with them.
Dogs are always excited to play with new toys. This National Dog Week, get creative and make some DIY toys for your furry friend. You can use old socks to make a tug of war toy or an empty water bottle to make a squeaky toy. This will not only be fun for them but also save you some money.
Donate To A Dog Shelter For Dog Week
Many dogs in shelters are waiting to be adopted. This National Dog Week, you can make a difference in their lives by donating food, toys, or money to a local shelter. You can also volunteer your time to walk the dogs or help with the daily chores.
Top Benefits of Having A dog As A Pet
A dog can be the best companion you ever have. They are always happy to see you, they provide unconditional love, and they are great listeners. But that’s not all, dogs offer many other benefits that improve your physical and mental health. Here are some of the top benefits of having a dog as a pet.
Spending time with your dog can help reduce stress and anxiety. Dogs provide us with companionship and emotional support that can help us through tough times. Studies have shown that interacting with dogs can lower our stress levels and blood pressure.
Improves Heart Health
Owning a dog can also improve your heart health. Dogs need to be taken on regular walks or runs, which can help increase your fitness levels. Walking is a great form of exercise that can help reduce your risk of heart disease. Additionally, dog owners have been shown to have lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Another great benefit of having a dog as a pet is that it can help boost your immunity. Dogs carry a lot of bacteria on their fur, which can help expose us to new germs. This can help build up our immunity and resistance to diseases.
Provides Social Support
Dogs also make great social support systems. They can provide companionship and love when you need it the most. Dogs can also help you meet new people and make new friends. Walking your dog in the park is a great way to meet new people and socialize.
These are just some of the top benefits of having a dog as a pet.
Will Judy also founded the Dog Writers Association to improve the quality of information about dogs and to recognize excellence in this field. It was all about educating dog owners on how best to care for chosen dog breeds. Dogs have been our loyal companions for centuries and there’s no denying that they make our lives better. Whether you’re looking for a running buddy or just someone to cuddle with, a dog can be the perfect addition to your family.
Let us know how you are celebrating National Dog Week!