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.
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.
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.