19 Drool-Worthy Spaces Just for Your Dog + 5 Dog Treat Recipes

It’s National Dog Day! Don’t miss an opportunity to pamper your pup.

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Nothing compares to the love of a furry friend, and National Dog Day is the perfect occasion to show your pooch just how much you love them back. Maybe it’s time you build the doghouse or feeding station you know they dream about. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite dog-friendly spaces for inspiration, plus a few of our favorite dog-friendly bites. Put your pup on your lap, scroll through and see which space perks up those adorable ears.

Shared Doggy Bedroom

Brown Doggy Den

Brown Doggy Den

The pooches belonging to HGTV Star judge Vern Yip get pampered, too. The dogs have the run of a room that connects to a side yard.

Photo by: Sarah Dorio

Sarah Dorio

Toy + Treat Station

Dog Treats in Glass Jars

Dog Treats in Glass Jars

Pet toys and treats look so much nicer on display in jars.

Photo by: Sarah Dorio

Sarah Dorio

Pooch Porch

Dog-friendly Outdoor Space With Partition

Dog-friendly Outdoor Space With Partition

Pup-Level Windows

Pet-Level Windows

Pet-Level Windows

Pet-level acrylic windows were built into this fence to give the family dog a prime view.

Hip Hound House

Property Brothers' Doghouse

Property Brothers' Doghouse

Drew and Jonathan Scott's Las Vegas home features this Southwestern styled dog house that they built in the backyard.

From: Property Brothers At Home

Photo by: Larry Hanna/AP Images

Larry Hanna/AP Images

Mudroom With Canine Kennel and Spa

Mudroom With Dog Kennel and Spa

Mudroom With Dog Kennel and Spa

No need for a trip to the kennel. Constructed by Washington, D.C.-based Four Brothers Carpentry, this built-in dog kennel and spa is located in a spacious mudroom that includes the family’s laundry facilities. Two comfy cages hold large dogs. A bottom drawer reveals a hide-a-way bed for a tiny pooch.

Sophisticated Dog House

Stylish Dog House

Stylish Dog House

This stylish dog house with white siding is a cozy place for any pet and adds character to this backyard space.

Fido’s Feeding Station

Contemporary Neutral Dining Nook for a Dog

Contemporary Neutral Dining Nook for a Dog

A nook in a small contemporary kitchen serves as a family dog's eating area. A tall shelf provides storage space, with the bright blue feeding stand, crisp white shelf and green artwork adding nice touches of color to the neutral room.

Photo by: Gail Fedela

Gail Fedela

Built-In Doggy Dining

Kitchen Island With Built-In Dog Bowls

Kitchen Island With Built-In Dog Bowls

Dogs can dine in style with built-in dog bowls at the base of a kitchen island designed by Artisan Kitchens Inc. in Osterville, Mass. Drawers with dog bone cutouts conceal pet food and treats.

Cute + Cozy Dog House

Small Wooden Dog House With Shingled Roof

Small Wooden Dog House With Shingled Roof

This dog house, featured on HGTV All American Handyman, is perfect for a pint-sized family pet. Vented sides, a functional front door and a welcome mat make it a comfy outdoor spot for your four-legged best friend.

Double-Dog Dare You

Red Master Bedroom with Dog Bed at HGTV Dream Home 2011

Red Master Bedroom with Dog Bed at HGTV Dream Home 2011

In the master bedroom at the 2011 edition of the HGTV Dream Home, black furnishings and menswear fabrics pop against walls painted in a vibrant cranberry shade. The "Doggie Dream Home," a miniature replica of the actual HGTV Dream Home constructed by carpenter David Brown, features space for two small dogs.

Comfy Pup Nook

Cozy Pet Nook With Orange Pillows

Cozy Pet Nook With Orange Pillows

Orange throw pillows and a dog bed are nestled inside this nook, creating a cozy relaxation spot for the family pet.

From: Elbow Room

Photo by: Jessica McGowan ©2013, HGTV/Scripps Network LLC. All Rights Reserved

Jessica McGowan, 2013, HGTV/Scripps Network LLC. All Rights Reserved

Under-the-Stairs Hideout

Cozy Pet Nook Beneath Stairs

Cozy Pet Nook Beneath Stairs

These homeowners made the most of their space by fashioning the area beneath the stairs into a pet nook. The cozy dog cubby provides a space for their four-footed friend to sleep in style.

From: Elbow Room
and Elbow Room

Photo by: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images ©2014, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Jessica McGowan/Getty Images, 2014, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Pooch-Friendly Entry

Pet-Friendly Entryway Storage

Pet-Friendly Entryway Storage

Pet owners can make their walks much more efficient by outfitting their entry as a pet station. Here a shallow console table is used to keep framed photos of the family dog on display along with a crate to hold essentials neatly and within arm's reach.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Doggy-Dedicated Shower

White Tiled Pet Shower

White Tiled Pet Shower

Cleaning your dog is easier with a floor-level pet shower. The large opening takes the hassle out of luring rover into the shower. Splash-friendly flooring also make this an ideal area to clean pet dishes and toys.

Pup's Porch Getaway

Pet-Friendly Porch

Pet-Friendly Porch

Keeping in mind their love of kayaking and entertaining winery guests, Kim Lewis Designs fulfilled the clients' desire for an indoor/outdoor space. The porch features a place for the pooches! Built-in benches offer lounge seating, but space underneath is super valuable, so built-in dog beds were added.

Photo by: Molly Winters Photography

Molly Winters Photography

DIY Outdoor Pallet Dog Bed



DIY Mobile Pallet Dog Bed



Give your four-footed family member a stylish place to sit with a one-of-a-kind shipping pallet pet bed mobilized with casters.

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

DIY Doggy Digs

Finishing touches

Finishing touches

Make the space homey by adding your pet’s name above the door. For the inside, consider a blanket or a rug that can be removed for cleaning. Make sure no nails have poked through the inside. If they have, file down the points so your dog will not be harmed.

Photo by: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo by Sam Henderson

5 Homemade Dog Treat Recipes

Wrap up National Dog Day by whipping up a batch of homemade treats for your BFF. Here are five of our best, pup-approved recipes:

Dog Biscuits With Cream Cheese Frosting

Bone-Shaped Dog Biscuits With Cream Cheese Frosting

Bone-Shaped Dog Biscuits With Cream Cheese Frosting

Make these healthy and delicious dog treats for your favorite four-legged friend. Your pup is sure to love the tasty cream cheese frosting.

PB&J Dog Treats

Make Them: Doggy PB&J Poppers

Strawberry Shortcake Dog Biscuits

Strawberry Shortcake Dog Biscuits

Strawberry Shortcake Dog Biscuits

Delight your pet with this dog-friendly take on the classic berries-and-cream dessert.

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

Surprise man's best friend with these nutritious, homemade goodies that can be baked using many of the ingredients you already have on hand.

Peanut Butter Dog Ice Cream

Cute Dog Enjoying Peanut Butter Ice Cream for Dogs

Cute Dog Enjoying Peanut Butter Ice Cream for Dogs

H. Camille Smith

13 Tips for a Stylish and Pet-Friendly Space

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From designer dog bowls to schnauzer-sized sofas, here are 13 tips for creating a stylish home that's also comfy for man's best friend.

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Splurge a bit for pet beds that both complement your room's design and provide a comfy place for dogs to rest their heads. Check out Etsy store Iron and Thread for custom beds and cushions.

Doggie Up the Front Door

While plastic retractable leashes can be considered eyesores, graphic traditional leashes are more decorative. Stash them near the door for a pop of pattern and to inspire you to head outdoors with your best friend.

Doggie Desserts

If human desserts look just as good as they taste, why shouldn't pet treats? Spoil your four-footed friend with treats from online bakeries like Two Tails Dog Bakery. Since the long-lasting goods don't usually require refrigeration, you can keep them out so they're easy to grab when your best friend needs a nibble.

Make a Statement With Mats

Instead of basic rubber mats designed only to protect the floor from splashes, opt for indoor/outdoor 2x3 patterned rugs. Many styles are made from recycled materials which breathe and are easy to clean with just a garden hose.

Couches for Canines

Sofas for dogs? Yep! For decades, furniture manufacturers have been offering everyday furniture scaled down to toddler scale, a size which is also ideal for small and medium breeds. So hit your local thrift store or consignment shop for an inexpensive, secondhand kids' sofa then have it reupholstered with pooch-friendly fabric.

Indoor-Outdoor Upholstery

When it comes to pet-proofing in style, indoor-outdoor products are always your best bet. This kid-sized sofa was reupholstered using a Trina Turk indoor-outdoor fabric from Schumacher. Made to resist moisture, UV rays and most stains, this sophisticated fabric turned a juvenile piece of furniture into a showstopping conversation-starter.

Pet-Proofed Fabric

Can't find an indoor-outdoor fabric that fits your style? No problem! Most cities have Teflon-treating facilities which coat lightweight or delicate fabrics with Teflon, a stain-repellant chemical. Shop around for the best deal; the average cost of the treatment is $8 per yard.

Go Zen for Your Best Friend

Buck traditional dog bowls for something more on-trend. Many pet supply manufacturers have created high-end lines for every type of product from blankets and bowls to collars and coats. Zen-inspired feeding bowls with simple, Asian lines are both sculptural and utilitarian. Sites like Pet Squared offer modern Zen and Asian styles sure to please both man's best friend and their master.

Same Old Food, New Tricks

Interior designers often choose furniture with metal legs for homes with teething puppies or scratch-obsessed kittens, but the same principle can also apply to their feeding station. Industrial dog bowls mix materials like natural wood with durable steel, aluminum and other metals — all certain to stand up to even the most chewy of teething pets.

Squeaking With Style

Rubber squeaky toys are 100 percent fun for pets, but 50 percent eyesore and 50 percent annoying racket for pet owners. Instead, opt for fabric pet toys, made from natural materials like cotton, wool, linen, felt or hemp. They're machine washable and cute enough to hang out on the sofa instead of being hidden away in the toy box. Etsy favorite Wags and Wiggles is a great online source for affordable fabric pet toys.

Canine Canisters

Most everyday dog treats aren't much to look at. Instead of storing them in clear jars or stashing them away in boxes, store them in graphic ceramic canisters featuring colors and styles which complement your kitchen. The Newport Collection from Unleashed Life is an online favorite.

Banish the Bags

Banish those dog food bags from the home completely. Not only are dog food bags big, bulky and attractive to pests, dogs are likely to try to break into them if left within reach. Check out wag.com for oversized tin canisters for storing your dog's food in style.

Outdoor Toys Head Indoors

While Frisbees aren't exactly something you and your pet typically play with indoors, knit versions may change that. Many pet boutiques carry knit Frisbees for doggie roughhousing that won't break a window — or the bank. These can be found online affordably through Pocket Disc, or learn how to make them yourself at Worth A Knit's blog.

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