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August 26, 2023, is National Dog Day!

Who let the dogs out?

Today is National Dog Day! Who can resist those puppy dog eyes? It's no wonder these guys are such a popular pet choice! Dogs are devoted companions that provide us with joy, comfort, and affection. They are always there for us, whether we need someone to play with or someone to cry on. That is why it is so important to take the time to thank them for everything they do for us.

Did you know these things about dogs?

  • About 1/3 of all homes in the world have a dog. That makes them the most popular pet!

  • Dogs can only sweat from their paws, they cool off by panting.

  • Dogs can learn hundreds of words and gestures. They're considered to be as smart on average as a two-year-old child. (They're probably much better listeners though!)

  • A dog's sense of smell is 40 times more powerful than a human's.

  • The sense of smell of bloodhounds is so accurate that it can be used as evidence in court! (That's quite a sniffer!!)

  • Dogs help humans out by having lots of different jobs like therapy dogs, guide dogs, service dogs, search and rescue dogs, and police dogs!

  • Dogs are right-pawed or left-pawed. (They usually lead with their dominant paw.)

  • Petting your dog can lower your blood pressure AND your dog's too! Score!

  • Your dog stares at you because it wants connection and a reaction from you. It also sometimes stares at you just because it loves you and wants to look at you. AWE!

Ways to Celebrate National Dog Day!

  • Take your pup for an extra long walk, or maybe try out a new park or walking trail.

  • Go to your local pet store and let your dog pick out a new toy.

  • Do a doggie photo shoot and post some photos on social media. Say Woof!

  • Teach your dog a new trick.

  • Learn a new game to play with your doggo.

  • Learn to make your own healthy dog treats or pupcicles.

  • Get your dog a new collar or leash.

  • Watch a dog movie.

  • Have a contest to see who can name the most famous dogs.

  • Donate to your local dog shelter or rescue or take them a basket of toys and blankets.

  • If you don't own a dog, visit a friend who does and hang out with them.

  • Volunteer at a shelter.

  • Considering adoption? Do some research to be sure you're committed then look into shelters and rescues first.

Play our National Dog Day Puzzle below:

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