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National Puppy Day

Since 2006, March 23rd has been celebrated as National Puppy Day. This day was founded not only as a celebration of the unconditional love that puppies bring into our lives, but also as a day to save the lives of homeless puppies sitting in animal shelters and to raise awareness about the horrific reality of puppy mills across the globe. Here are some ways that you can celebrate the true meaning behind National Puppy Day!

10 Ways to Celebrate National Puppy Day

1. Adopt, Don’t Shop! – Are you considering bringing a new puppy into your home? We can’t think of a better way to celebrate National Puppy Day! There is a puppy at one of your local animal shelters just waiting for you to come and give them their forever home! Social media has made it possible to browse available animals that are up for adoption at your local animal shelters right from your own home! Adopt, don’t shop!

2. Share the Puppy Love – We get to experience the unconditional love from our puppies each day, so National Puppy Day is a great opportunity for us to share that love with others.

  • Take your puppy to a local elderly community to visit with the residents and put a big smile on all of their faces – your puppy will be smiling, too from all of the extra love and attention.
  • Brag on your puppy on social media, tag the shelter that you adopted from and encourage others to adopt a puppy of their own!

3. Donate to the Cause – Maybe you already have the perfect puppy in your life and you celebrate their unconditional love day in and day out – lucky you! Another great way that you can celebrate National Puppy Day is to DONATE!

  • Donate your time by volunteering at a local shelter
  • Donate money and /or supplies to a local shelter
  • Make a donation to an organization, such as ASPCA, that fights to end puppy mill cruelty.

4. Spread the Knowledge – Unfortunately, not everyone is aware of the dangers and cruelty involved with puppy mills. Do your research and share the knowledge to bring awareness to this important issue.

5. Capture the Moment – They don’t stay puppies forever! Hire a photographer to take some photos of you and your puppy to savor the sweetness of the puppy phase. Trust us, you will love looking back on those in the years to come!

6. Puppy Training – Training your puppy is one of the biggest responsibilities of being a puppy parent and it is also a great bonding experience for you and your new buddy.

  • Sign you and your puppy up for an obedience training course and get a jumpstart on the basics. You will be well on your way to having the smartest puppy on the block!

7. Puppy Play Date – Plan a special outing for you and your puppy. Do you have a friend or relative that has a playful pup? Plan a playdate at the local dog park or just bring your puppy and let him make some new friends! Socializing your puppy is one of the best things that you can do for him.

8. Take Action – Write to your congressperson to ask that he or she support the ban of puppy mills in your state. Your voice does matter!

9. Get a Healthy Start – A healthy puppy is a happy puppy! Do you know what’s in the food that you are feeding to your puppy? Is your puppy getting enough exercise?

  • Make sure that you are giving your puppy food and treats that are made with all natural ingredients.
  • Take your puppy out for daily walks to make sure that he is getting the proper daily exercise to keep him healthy and happy.

10. Be Present for Your Puppy – At the blink of an eye, your puppy will be all grown up! Savor the puppy phase and spend as much quality time with your puppy as you can. Raising a puppy is a big responsibility and the decisions that you make now will shape them into the dog that they will grow up to be.

New Pet: Cat Behavior

Congratulations on welcoming a new cat into your household! When you bring an adult cat home for the first time, odds are you already have a pretty good understanding of his or her personality. But in the beginning, there may be some work needed in order to make your new pet feel comfortable and happy in his or new digs. Check out our resources below for behavior tips for new cats.

5 Things Your Cat Wants to Say to You

Checklist of Must Have Products for Your New Cat or Kitten

The Benefits of Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

How to Groom Your Cat

New Pet: Puppy Training

Congratulations on the big decision you’ve made to welcome a new puppy into the family! We bet this is an exciting and overwhelming time for you. Spending the time early on to train your puppy and acclimate him or her into the household will pay off for years to come. Check out our resources below for help with training your young dog.

The Benefits of Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

Training Your Puppy or Dog

New Dog Owner’s Guide

Benefits of Crate Training Your Dog

Dog Park Etiquette: Playing by the Unwritten Rules

The Benefits of Hiring a Pet Sitter

New Pet: Dog Training

So you’ve recently welcomed a new dog home? What an exciting time! Each dog has a different personality, so acclimating a pup to your lifestyle and schedule can be challenging at first. We’ve included some resources below to help you train your new dog with confidence.

The Benefits of Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

Treating Pets with Separation Anxiety

Prepping Your Pup for Outdoor Activities

Training your Dog

New Dog Owner’s Guide

Benefits of Crate Training Your Dog

Dog Park Etiquette: Playing by the Unwritten Rules

The Benefits of Hiring a Pet Sitter

New Pet: Kitten Behavior

We are so happy that you made the decision to welcome a new kitten into your family! Kittens are such a fun addition to the household and are much more self-sufficient than dogs. However, new kittens require extra attention in the beginning to help them understand some of the behavior basics. Check out the resources below soon after you welcome your four-legged family member home.

Curious Kitties: Exploring a New Environment

New Kitten Owner’s Guide

5 Tips for Socializing Your New Kitten

Checklist of Must Have Products for Your New Cat or Kitten

The Benefits of Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

How to Groom Your Cat

The Benefits of Hiring a Pet Sitter

New Pet: Dog Play

Congratulations on bringing home a new dog! Whether your pup is a couch potato or high-energy working dog, keeping them busy with safe, fun ways to play will go far in engaging their minds and bodies so they can feel at their best. Check out our resources below on playing with your new pup.

Fun in the Snow with Your Dog

Prepping Your for Outdoor Activities

New Dog Owner’s Guide

End of Summer Fun for Pets

New Pet: Puppy Play

Congratulations on welcoming a puppy into your life! As you probably know, most puppies are filled with more energy and excitement than they know what to do with. There are plenty of safe, fun ways to engage your puppy in play that will help him or her stay busy and to develop a special bond with you. Check out our resources, below.

Easy DIY Pet Toys for the Special Pets in Your Life

Fun in the Snow with Your Dog

End of Summer Fun with Pets

How to Make a Puppy Welcome Basket

New Pet: Kitten Play

We are so happy that you made the decision to welcome a kitten into your family!  Kittens are such a fun addition to the household with their playful, silly antics. If you’re looking to channel your kitten’s energy into safe, engaging activities he or she will love, check out the below resources.

DIY Pet Toys for the Special Pet in Your Life

Top Cat Gifts

The Importance of Toys for a Cat’s Health

New Pet: Cat Play

Congratulations on welcoming a new cat into your family! Even if you chose a lap cat for your four-legged friend, odds are that kitty will have a playful streak you may have not seen yet. We’ve compiled some resources below to help you find ways to play and bond with your new cat.

How to Name Your New Cat

DIY Toys for the Special Pet in Your Life

The Benefits of Hiring a Pet Sitter

Top Cat Gifts

The Importance of Toys for a Cat’s Health

New Pet: Feeding Your Puppy

You’ve got your new puppy home and have spoiled her with lots of toys and attention. But with so many options, choosing a food for a growing puppy can be overwhelming. Check out our resources below to help you learn about all things nutrition for your new four-legged friend.

Differences in Digestion: Small Breeds vs Large Breeds

Nutrition for Small Breed Dogs

Puppy Nutrition

Reasons to Add Wet Food to Your Dog’s Diet

New Dog Owner’s Guide

Does Your Dog Have Seasonal Allergies?

The Benefits of Probiotics for Your Pet