Top Things to Do with Your Dog for National Pet Month
Taking place between 1st April and 6th May in 2019, National Pet Month aims to promote responsible pet ownership and celebrate the nation’s companions in all shapes and sizes. To help you celebrate your dog, we’ve put together a blog with some of the things you can do together such as taking them on a dog-friendly holiday, treating them to some new toys, or going on an extra long walk with some other four-legged friends.
If National Pet Month coincides with your plans to go away, it’s the perfect time to book plan a pet-friendly holiday for you and your pooch. With plenty of dog-friendly hotels to choose from, there’s no shortage of places where you can visit with your four-legged friend.
Whether you choose to go abroad or stay somewhere closer to home, a holiday for you and your dog will be something that you’ll both enjoy. Before you book your adventure, do keep your dog’s needs in mind though and make sure there will be plenty of open spaces and opportunities for long walks, along with dog-friendly attractions and places to eat at your destination.
For something simpler than planning an entire holiday, you can celebrate your dog by making them a special meal. The subject of pets and food usually focuses on what you shouldn’t feed your dog, but there are plenty of things you can make which are safe for them to eat and guaranteed to go down a treat.
Unsurprisingly, all cooked meat is safe for dogs to eat – as long as it has not been seasoned or cooked with harmful ingredients like onions or garlic. So, if you want to treat your dog in honour of National Pet Month, a juicy steak or cooked chicken breast could be just the way to do it. Other foods that you can safely feed to your dog as a special treat include rice, eggs, peanut butter, salmon, watermelon, bread, porridge, and broccoli.
A Long Walk
Sometimes the simple things in life are the best and what dog doesn’t enjoy a nice long walk? If you know that your dog doesn’t usually get out for as long as they should, National Pet Month is a great time to plan in some longer walks to exercise your dog.
There are plenty of ways to add a new element to make a long walk more interesting, whether that’s choosing a new route, buddying up with another dog owner, or letting your dog lead the way rather than you dictating your route and destination. Of course, don’t forget to bring along some fun toys like a ball or freeze to play some catch!
The right toys provide your dog with both physical and mental benefits, strengthening their skills and helping to grow the bond between owner and pet. Classic dog toys that any pet will love include balls, chew toys, tug of war toys, and toys which you can stuff with treats.
Once you’ve bought some new toys, you can use these to spend some extra time with your dog to really cement your bond and you can even take them along on your long walk to make it extra special!
Annual Health Check-Up
Last but by no means least, there’s often no better way to celebrate your dog than by looking after their health. If you haven’t taken your dog for their annual health check-up, then National Pet Month is a great time to schedule it in.