August 26th is National Dog Day! I know many of us celebrate our dogs everyday, but here are five additional ways to consider spending this special holiday…
1. Get out and play: Enjoy the day with your dog(s)! My favorite game to play with Willie is “Find It”. Start by hiding your dog’s favorite treat or toy in an easy-to-spot place (inside or outside), and release them to “find it”. As your dog gets better at searching, you can work your way toward hiding the treat or toy in more challenging places. It’s also a great way to practice “stay” while you hide the object, and a good workout for your dog’s mind and body!
2. Train a new skill: It’s fun to teach your dog a new trick. If you use positive reinforcement, your dog will love it too—and he’ll get to spend one-on-one time with you, which is a huge bonus! Check out this book or eBook which can help take your training to the next level. In no time you will be impressing friends and family with your dog’s new skills.
3. Volunteer or donate to a local shelter or rescue: Not everyone can adopt a new dog right now. Shelters and rescues are in great need of all kinds of help, from walking dogs to help in the office. Don’t have the free time? That’s ok! Most rescues have a list of supplies you can order online and have shipped there directly.
4. Learn more about your dog: What’s your dog trying to tell you? Are you able to read her as well as she can you? Do you feel like there are miscommunications that could use some clearing up? Check out all the free resources on dog behavior, cognition, training and more in The Learning Center.
5. Complete your dog training book library: In honor of National Dog Day, we’re offering a full library of McConnell Publishing books for 30% off. If you work in a shelter, rescue, doggie daycare, veterinary clinic, training facility, or are just plain crazy about dogs, this package is for you!
Happy National Dog Day!
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