There’s no bad day to celebrate your pet, but National Dog Day, August 26, is giving dog owners an extra special reason to spoil their pups.
“National Dog Day is a great occasion to show your pups some extra love,” Mark Emmer, Chewy’s chief marketing officer, told Good Morning America.
While happiness is important, it’s important to remember other factors that also affect your pet’s overall health, so Good Morning America enlisted Dares Cooper, Petco’s National Dog Training Manager, to share some helpful insights.
“It is important to assess the aspects individually and completely to give your pup the best possible care,” Cooper said. “A holistic health approach includes five pillars, namely physical health, mental health, social health, home health, and accessible health, that help pets live full and rewarding lives.”
Scroll down for five tips for treating your dog happy, healthy, courtesy of Cooper, plus corresponding items you can shop now.
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Tip 1: Make sure nutrition and exercise are a priority
“Summer will soon be over, which leads to more walks after dark. Petco has a new line of nighttime safety products to help keep your dog visible and safe on evening walks.”
Ready Glow Light Dispenser for Dogs
price: $14.99 • From: Petco
Reedy Black Reflective Dog Vest
price: $29.99 • From: Petco
Reddy Dog Red LED Collar
price: $29.99 • From: Petco
Redi Red LED Dog Lead
price: $39.99 • From: Petco
Wims Brushes are natural, grain-free everyday dental treats
price: $18.99 • From: chewy
Introduce a new love of “brushing” with the WHIMZEES Brushzees Natural Daily Dental Dog Treat. Edible and easy to digest, these all-natural, plant-based treats help freshen breath and reduce buildup on your dog’s teeth.
Original Yak Cheese Dog Chews
price: $17.99 • From: chewy
It provides your pup with an extra boost of protein not found in kibble alone.
Square Pet VFS Ideal Digestive Dry Dog Food
price: $23.99 • From: chewy
Say goodbye to unhappy tummies and ingredient intolerances with SquarePet VFS Ideal Digestion Dry Dog Food.
Tip two: Boost your dogs mental health
“Pet parents can help ensure their dogs have a happy, bored and worry-free life by prioritizing their mental health.”
BARK Super Chewer Drumstick Dog Toy
price: $16.99 • From: Petco
This rubber dog toy is designed for the super insatiable chewer. Beneath the Drumstick’s all-natural rubber is an extra-strong nylon core for extended playtime. The convenient shape of the claws makes it easier for dogs to grip and focus on their main goal: chewing.
Leaps & Bounds Ponder & Puzzle Level 2 Dog Puzzle Game
price: $23.68 • From: Petco
Tip 3: Plan to play and socialize
“It is important to strengthen your pup’s social health so that he feels confident and comfortable around other animals, humans and within their environment. Positive reinforcement-based training can help promote brain development, nourish the parent-pet bond from the start and contribute to the pet’s overall well-being.”
Leaps & Bounds Tennis Ball & Rope Dog Game
price: $12.99 • From: Petco
Fresco Brunch Pastry Squishy Dog Plush Toy Tray
price: $11.98 • From: chewy
Pastry and lunch tray plush toys are perfect for playtime at the lunch table or any time of the week.
Tip 4: Foster a safe and stimulating home environment
“Every dog should have a designated space where they feel safe, secure and loved, filled with a bed, blanket, bowl and toys. To take care of your dog’s health at home, I recommend making your dog’s crate a positive experience and a relaxing haven where they can relax and recharge.”
EveryYay Essentials 2-Door Collapsible Dog Crate
price: $54.99 • From: Petco
EveryYay Snooze Fest Cream Donut Bed for Dogs
price: $24.99 • From: Petco
Canopy canvas dog bed
price: $149 to $209 • From: the umbrella
Disney Winnie the Pooh – bed covered in honey pot
price: $40.88 • From: chewy
Tip 5: Keep up with your basic grooming routine
“Your pet should never have to go without the things he needs to stay happy and healthy.”
More to shop this National Dog Day:
Bonne et Filou Mint Handmade Macaron Dog Treats
price: $23.99 • From: chewy
These sweet treats are made in the USA with all-natural ingredients and naturally flavored with real mint.
Purina Prime Bons Mini Knotted Chews
price: $15.69 • From: chewy
Made from plush and real duck, these limited-ingredient dog treats offer a delicious pint-sized treat for your pooch.
Two Tails Pet Company Cutie with Dog and Cat ID Tag
price: $20.99 • From: chewy
For the BFF with the booty—and pet parent with a great sense of humor—there’s Two Tails Pet Company Cutie With A Booty Pet ID Tag.
Wellness bowl boost fresh frozen dog food chicken and squash
price: $53.94 • From: chewy
Your dog can devour it as a whole meal or enjoy it as a topper for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
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Pooch Creamery peanut butter flavored ice cream dog treat mix
price: $7.49 • From: chewy
Grain-free doggy ice cream made with only five super ingredients is the perfect treat for birthday celebrations, special occasions, or any day you want to give a friend a special treat.