12 Ways to Pamper Your Pup on National Dog Day
Every dog has its day.
If you didn’t already know, National Dog Day is this Saturday, Aug. 26. In other words, your furry friend is wondering why you didn’t plan him a party. Don’t worry — he said he’d settle for some pampering from his favorite human. Need some ideas? Read on to see which ones best suit your pooch.
1: Make Homemade Treats
Treats are a sure way to please almost any pup. Make your own to save money and avoid mystery ingredients.
Peanut Butter + Honey Ice Cream
Beat the heat and keep your pup cool this summer with a serving of creamy, cold, dog-friendly ice cream. This recipe combines peanut butter, honey and yogurt for a treat that will leave furry friends licking their chops! Get the recipe.
Strawberry Shortcake Biscuits
You know how the saying goes, “Let them eat cake”? Well, this strawberry shortcake dog biscuits recipe allows your furry sidekicks to do just that! It marries classic flavors of fresh berries and whipped cream into tasty bite-sized treats that will leave your pup-pals begging for more. Get the recipe.
Double-Doosie Peanut Butter Bites
For canines who are peanut butter fans, this homemade dog treat gets a double dose of nutty goodness from the batter and the optional creamy frosting. Get the recipe.
We all crave warm comfort foods during winter, and the same goes for our pets! Warm your pup from the inside out with this Marvelous Muttloaf recipe. With ingredients like beef, parmesan cheese, carrots and bread crumbs, you are sure to receive a wagging tail of approval. Get the recipe.
Decadent Dream Puff
Hosting a swanky soiree for polished pups calls for a spread of proper paw-pickings. Look no further! Peanut Butter Dream Puffs live up to their dreamy name. And with a decadent carob drizzle, they’ll satisfy even the most refined pooch-palate. Get the recipe.
Frozen PB + J Treats
These icy bites draw inspiration from the classic, summer picnic staple to create the ultimate frosty, Fido-friendly treat. Pups go crazy over the peanut butter taste, and the frozen berries will keep them cool enough for some major fun in the sun. Get the recipe.
Throw 'Em a(n Organic) Bone!
Who isn’t going organic these days? Use shredded carrots, blackstrap molasses and organic, unsweetened peanut butter to make a batch of super healthy snacks for your four-legged bestie. Get the recipe.
Even dogs on diets deserve to be spoiled with special treats, right? This salad snack recipe yields biscuits that are jam-packed with healthy veggies like broccoli, spinach, cauliflower and carrots. No need to feel guilty when doling out salad snacks to a deserving (albeit, dieting) dachshund. Get the recipe.
2: Update an Old Bed
DIY Farmhouse-Style Dog Bed Cover
Make a washable cover for your fur-baby’s bed that is oozing with charming farmhouse style. This simple sewing project can transform a bed your pet loves into one you love as well!
Marian Parsons, Mustard Seed Interiors
Is Fido’s favorite sleeping spot looking a bit tattered? Learn how to make a DIY dog bed with our easy-to-follow instructions.
DIY Rug Slipcover
No need to throw out your pet's favorite resting spot just because it's a little tattered. Instead, use three flat-weave rugs to create a sturdy slipcover.
Make It: How to Make a Pet Bed Slipcover
Give your favorite pal a space of his own with a pet bed right by your side. This dresser was given new life as a pet bed and nightstand combo, and you might be surprised just how simple it is to recreate to the look.
Make It: Turn a Dresser Into a Pet Bed and Nightstand
A common find at many thrift stores, these octagonal tables look much nicer with a fresh paint job and an area hollowed out just for man's best friend.
Make It: How to Make a Combination Pet Bed and End Table
Double-Duty Window Seat
If you'd rather create a home for your pooch that takes advantage of an awkward space, you'll love this window seat idea that offers a spot for both you and your pup.
Make It: DIY Window Seat With Integrated Pet Bed
Farmhouse-Style Dog Bed
Instead of buying, using and then throwing away your pup's well-loved pet beds, cover a pillow of store-bought dog bed in this washable, easy-sew slipcover instead. You'll love the washable fabric, and your dog will adore his new nap spot.
Make It: DIY Dog Bed Washable Slipcover
A large drawer can be an cute, budget-friendly solution for a lack of a dog bed. Add a soft pillow for extra comfort and wood feet for a little elevation. Be sure to include your pup's name for a nice personal touch.
Make It: How to Make a Pet Bed Out of an Old Drawer
This simple pet bed couldn't be easier. It only takes scissors, fleece fabric, a large elastic band and a bit of stuffing to create this cozy pillow your pup will flip for..
Make It: How to Make a No-Sew Pet Bed
3: Go for a Walk
Most dogs love a leisurely stroll. It not only provides exercise but also creates a bonding experience between pet and owner.
4: Organize All the Doggy Things
Though this might not instantly excite your four-legged friend, it will benefit them in the long run. Organization means easier access to all their favorite treats and toys.
5: Build a Doghouse
Does your pup spend a lot of time outdoors? Make a doghouse to offer shade, warmth and protection from the elements. Get the instructions.
6: Make a Bow Tie
Diva dogs, this one’s for you! Some pets just need a little glamour in their lives.
7: Go for a Swim
This is totally dependent on your dog. For instance, my four-legged friend does not appreciate pool days, but her doggy BFF swims any chance he gets.
8: Make a New Toy
Sew a DIY fabric log with our step-by-step tutorial. Your furry pal will know the new toy was stitched with love.
9: Massage or Brush Them
That’s right — I’m suggesting a doggy massage. Before you deem me a crazy dog lady, (OK fine, I agree.) know that a massage can calm your dog’s nerves, prevent injury and relieve soreness or stiffness. Totally worth it! But if Fido’s not feeling it, try giving a good brushing instead.
10: Paint a Watercolor Pup Portrait
I’d like to think my pooch would appreciate a portrait of herself, but it’s up for debate. Give this DIY a try, and see what your pup thinks.
11: Make a New Collar
Is it time for a new collar? Instead of buying one, make one with your favorite fabric. Get the instructions.
12: Go to the Dog Park
For a social dog, there’s no place like the dog park. Take them for some uninterrupted playtime with their fellow canines.
A Dog-Lover's Dream
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, while a bottom drawer reveals a hide-a-way bed for a tiny pooch.
What once was an underwhelming, lackluster mudroom was transformed by design deity Joanna Gaines. The result? A total pooch's paradise! JoJo outfitted the room with a canine-sized shower, lined with classic, white subway tiles. For a final charming touch, she used newspaper wallpaper to line the walls.
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.
This breezy blue and white doggie cottage sits in the backyard of HGTV Dream Home 2016, located in Merritt Island, Florida. Its beachy charm and roomy interior make it the perfect place to rest your paws after a long day of sun and play.
Mini Martha's Mansion
Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts boasts the most stunning homes on the east coast, but none quite as charming as this mini mansion. Located a bone’s throw from HGTV Dream Home 2015’s back-patio, these doggie-dream-digs feature crisp white window trim, handsome shutters and loads of coastal character.
A secret space for the family fur-baby makes HGTV Dream Home 2014 all the dreamier for dog owners. The nook is outfitted in stylish white shiplap and offers plenty of space for an afternoon snooze!
Designer Kim Lewis created a pet-friendly porch, highlighted with pretty pops of color. The bohemian built-in bench serves as a comfy spot for owners to stop and smell the roses, while the dog beds beneath allow their pups to keep them company.
If your dog appreciates preppy design, they will beg you to replicate this beauty by designer Brian Patrick Flynn. This plush, plaid escape is a seamless addition to a traditional living room and works double-time as a functional end table. What’s not to love?
Modern Mountain Views
This pug scored big-time with a miniature replica of HGTV Dream Home 2011 — a modern, mountainside lodge in Stowe, Vermont. Designed by carpenter David Brown, this “Doggie Dream Home” is spacious enough for two small dogs and has a killer view from the master bedroom.