Posted on Tuesday, September 29th, 2015
This week we celebrate the only creature on earth that loves you more than he loves himself! That’s hard to come by, and throughout history dogs have become a vital part of human culture, which is why we’ve chosen to celebrate them!
In many cases, dogs are not only man’s best friend, but also an integral part of the family. Make a point to do something special for your dog with your family: take him on his favorite walk, buy him a new Hartz toy, or reward him with treats and a little extra love and affection. Below are some great activities that you and your family can do to pay tribute to your canine throughout this week.
1. Post a picture of you and your dog(s) using “#NationalDogDay”
2. Hide and seek – If you’re heading out to run some errands, hide and seek is a great way for your dog to get a bit of mental and physical stimulation. Put your dog in his or her kennel and then hide a few treats around the house. Put a few in plain sight, as well as others underneath tables and chairs that your dog can enjoy throughout the day.
3. An indoor agility course – Cardboard boxes, broom handles and chairs are great options when trying to create an indoor agility course. Take advantage of an open space like your basement and create small jumps and places where your dog will have to crawl through. This is a wonderful way to help your dog burn off a bit of that pent-up energy!
4. Treat-filled toys – If your dog is a bit hyper after one of these games, give him or her a chance to calm down with a treat-filled toy. These items are great for relieving boredom and your dog will work hard to get every last bit of his or her treat out of the toy.
5. Tug-of-war – This game is perfect to get your dog up and moving and is ideal for those who live in small urban apartments without a lot of room to spare. Incorporating a game of fetch into your tug-of-war could help you double the amount of exercise your dog receives during the activity.
6. An indoor rally course – Much like an agility course, using small cones or anything else you have lying around the house can help you create a course that will get your dog moving. Use treats to guide your dog throughout the course and then see how quickly you and your pet can get through it before he or she can receive a reward.