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5 Ways to Celebrate National Dog Week With Your Dog

Celebrate National Dog Week - September 22-26, 2014

This week is National Dog Week. The celebration was established to raise awareness of proper pet care, importance of spaying and neutering, pay tribute to our four-legged heros, and educate owners on how to enrich their dog's lives.

Many outdoorsmen and women know the value of having a canine companion, whether they help with hunting, serve as a fishing buddy, or hike, camp and explore the outdoors alongside their human owners.

40% of American households have pet dogs. They are an important part of many of our lives. We want to make sure we're providing for them in the best ways possible.

Check out these fun ways to celebrate your dog!

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Starbucks Puppacino

Starbucks offers a free puppy whip cup for your pups! Their whipped cream is delicious and pet-friendly. Take your dog by a Starbucks this week for a perfect little treat to celebrate having them as your four-legged companion.

Companion Hike

Your dog probably doesn't want anything more than to spend one-on-one time with you. Taking your dog on a beautiful outdoor hike is a great bonding experience for you and your dog.

Don't trust him off leash yet? Get a long 20- or 30-foot line so that he can have more freedom while you keep him safe.

Share Your Dog's Picture On Social Media

There is a Facebook page that is specifically dedicated to National Dog Week. Share your dog's picture and your favorite thing about them on the National Dog Week Facebook page! Check out the other cute dogs while you're there too!

New Food Puzzle Toy

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Dogs are natural scavengers. There isn't anything more exciting to a dog than using their problem solving skills to solve a puzzle while they eat their meal.

After all, eating the same meal out of the same bowl day after day can get quite boring! We recommend you check out these amazing food puzzle toys that your dog can enjoy for months to come. (Hint: It's a great way to keep your pup busy and out of trouble during the holiday season!)

Check out these other amazing enrichment ideas!

Enroll Your Dog In Class

Have an hour to spare for your dog each week for the next six weeks? Check out your local dog trainers and enroll in a six-week obedience class with your pooch. T

raining is a fun and important way to create fluid communication between you and your dog. Make sure the class you enroll in uses force-free methods based in positive reinforcement - learning should be simple and fun for your companion!

Are You Celebrating?

Share how you and your dog are celebrating National Dog Week in the comments below!

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