5 Ideas to Celebrate International Dog Day

International Dog Day (August 26) is fast approaching and as dog lovers, we want to spoil our fluffy four-legged friends with a day filled with lots of affection and attention.

This guide also contains ideas that are suitable if you do not have a dog of your own. Continue reading to see how you can celebrate and commemorate this special day ✨

Adopt a Dog

Say “Hi” to Dooku! β™‘

In support of International Dog Day, you can find a dog in need and provide them with a safe and loving home. Simply visit your local shelter or get in contact with an animal charity.

Before taking the huge step of adopting a dog, it is important to be aware of the responsibilities involved such as vet bills, grooming, living and job arrangements, and training, etc.

Dogs are great companions, not only do they shower you with unconditional loyalty, but they keep you active and reduce stress levels.

Give Your Dog a New Toy

Make your little buddy’s eyes light up with a brand new toy.

There are many shops where you can get cheap and durable dog toys including Wilko and B&M, but if you want to splurge a little bit, my favourite store to visit is Daisys Dog EmPawrium.

Watch your fluffy doggo get excited and unleash their energy on their new plaything.

Hire a Professional Pet Photographer

Organise a fun photoshoot to capture your connection and some great memories with your adorable pooch.

A professional pet photographer has the extra skills and training beyond a personal photographer to understand animal behaviour and safety and ensure that your session goes smoothly. They will take colour, light, composition, fur details, and more into consideration while snapping your pictures and give them an added professional touch afterwards.

Proudly hang these photos around your home or post them on social media to share with your family and friends.

Invite your friends and their dogs for a party

Throw a fun party with good food and music and invite your dog-loving friends and their companions – you can host it in your home or find a pet accommodating venue. It is the perfect excuse to socialise with your dogs.

Pets are a huge part of the family and they should have their own day of celebration too with decorations, their own cake, many fun activities, and more.

Donate to a Rescue Shelter or Organisation

If you are yet to have your own four-legged sidekick at home, then this suggestion will be right up your alley.

Lend a helping hand to dogs which are homeless, sick, and abused. You can donate a range of different things such as dog food and toys, blankets, harnesses, cleaning supplies, etc.

Most of the time, you can directly drop off these items at a shelter, however, I would suggest calling your local rescue or animal shelter beforehand to ask what they specifically need or when it is best to visit.

Alternatively, you can choose to volunteer at a rescue or animal welfare organisation.

Thank you for reading this post! How will you be spending National Dog Day? πŸ™‚

If you have any other recommendations to add, please feel free to share and leave a comment below!

23 thoughts on “5 Ideas to Celebrate International Dog Day

  1. I didn’t realise International Dog Day was on Thursday, woooo! I love doggies. I’ve wanted a golden retriever for years but sadly I don’t think it’ll ever happen in my lifetime. I would, however, love to help out at a shelter sometime. I do donate when I can do the dog rescue charities and guide dogs in the UK. I like sound of Daisy’s Dog Empawium, that’s a cute name.

    I’ll be spending the day looking at cute photos of goldens on Instagram (just like any other day) πŸ˜‚

    Great suggestions! Places like Wilko / B&M do decent pet supplies at reasonable prices. I’d not heard of
    Caz xx

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    • Hi Caz! β™‘

      I hope you are well, dear friend πŸ’• Yes, tomorrow is International Dog Day…woohoo! It came so soon. Aww, I hope that somehow you get to have a golden retriever one day 🀞 You have such a kind heart – thank you for sharing your positivity and compassion πŸ€—βœ¨

      Sounds like you will have a great and wholesome International Dog Day tomorrow! πŸ˜„πŸ™

      Love going to B&M and Wilkos just for the great and affordable pet supplies! My Mum just bought a few toys from Wilkos for her sister’s dog – it is so cute and entertaining watching a little French bulldog try to destroy them πŸ˜‚

      Thank you for reading and commenting on this post πŸ’— I hope everything is well with you.

      Sending lots of love,

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  2. I am a dog lover though I don’t have my own dog . In my childhood I had a dog who was very fond of me and then suddenly he was died. I cried for him long time.Then I understood how much painful to lost a pet? But everyday I feed some of stray dogs in our locality and whenever we go out of our house they just gaurd our house. They often sit out of gate until we come. But you have written very good about celebrating Dog day .Thank you for sharing β£οΈπŸ‘πŸ’πŸŒΉ!

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    • Hi Priti πŸ’• Thank you for reading this post and for your comment.
      I’m sorry to hear about the passing of your dog when you were a child 😦 my sincerest condolences for your loss. That’s kind of you to feed stray dogs in your community ✨ It sounds like they have built a strong loyalty to you to guard your home when you are out. Dogs are so genuine and loving πŸ’—
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. I hope you are well and have a lovely day tomorrow. Also, I enjoyed reading your latest story “Promise”. It is a beautiful tale! πŸ’πŸ‘

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      • Thank you very much.πŸ€—πŸŒΉβ€οΈπŸ«πŸ’πŸ­β£οΈπŸŒΈMy pleasure. Stay happy always ❀️❀️❀️

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  3. I’ve got dogs for adoption! These are security dogs that are 8 years old and older. We’re looking for dog-lovers who would love to have pet dogs who can also act as security for their homes.

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    • Oh that is amazing! πŸ’—πŸ™ Thank you for commenting this, Charly! What are the doggos’ names? πŸ™‚

      If you want to leave more information about adopting your security dogs (link or how-to), please feel free to add another comment.

      Best of luck and I hope you can find these dogs a loving home πŸ’•βœ¨

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    • Thank you for reading, Nicolette! It means a lot to hear that you liked this πŸ’• I hope you had a wonderful celebration with your little buddy πŸ€— Yeah, would love to hire a professional pet photographer one day…it’ll be fun and the pictures after would be amazing! 🀩

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  4. These are great ideas for dogs–and their humans. I was driving around today and noticed lots of folk out with their dogs. It was a nice day to begin with, and it had been a week of rain with flooding. In addition, it was (is) Sunday; and I got to thinking that folk might take their dogs for longer walks and such on Sundays. More time with dogs might go on your list. I hope you’re really well.

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    • Aww, thank you so much! 😊 It makes me happy to hear that you approve of these ideas. I like seeing dogs walk around with their owners too, it is always a pleasant sight πŸ’• Sundays are the perfect time to take dogs out for longer walks and enjoy the fresh air and quiet streets. I hope the weather is better where you are and that you haven’t dealt with any more flooding 🀞 I’m very well, thank you. I hope everything is going great for you and that you’ve been having a lovely month! πŸ€—

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      • Thanks for your good thoughts. We are having rain just now with a few roads flooded. As long as folk try not to drive through the flooded parts, we do okay. For me personally, it’s been a tense month as I’m trying to find a new place to live and then move there. If you don’t mind, I’ll take good thoughts for that!

        Stay well. Enjoy the people and dogs out. (I do.) And, hey, happy autumn!

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      • I hope you are having a better month and have experienced less flood and found a new safe and warm home πŸ™πŸ’—πŸ€ž I’m so sorry to hear that you have been struggling and I pray that things have been improving. I’m sending you lots of good and hopeful thoughts ✨ Take care and stay well! Happy Autumn to you too, dear friend πŸ€—πŸ’•

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