Dog Appreciation 101: Our ReBARKable Dogs

Dog Appreciation 101: Our Rebarkable Dogs

Welcome to Dog Appreciation 101! Our not-so-serious course on the many kindnesses that our dogs share with us every day! We hope you’ll embark on this course with us! All you have to do to pawticipate is enjoy the little things that our dogs share with us each and every day. The goal of the course is simply to love, play, laugh, and have fun with your dog by your side. 

EmBARK on this happy course in Dog Appreciation with us! Because Dogs Love U since forever!

Welcome! Let’s embark on an Overview of Dog Appreciation 101

Of course, we want to give you a proper welcome to our course, so please check out our official welcome letter…

Welcome to Dog Appreciation 101! EmBARK on this happy "course" at Dogs Love U with us!

Let’s Get Rolling! Dog Appreciation Defined

Every course needs a basic course description. Dog Appreciation 101 is…

Enjoying every moment shared with your dog...that's Dog Appreciation. ap-pre-cia-tion: noun. Example: He showed his dog appreciation with fetch, peanut butter, and belly runs." college student hugging red goldendoodle dog


Roles Dogs Play in Our Lives

Dogs are more than pets, they are family. Red goldendoodle dog with pile of balls and quote

Shake? Roll over? Speak? Dogs can do some pretty amazing tricks, but their most remarkable feat may be their smiley, sunny, happy, loving ability to understand, bond, and love us hoomans. They’re some our the best teachers, listeners, personal trainers and friends.  (Adoodable Chloe is better than any trainer when it comes to motivating me to take my eyes off my work, computer, or dishes in the sink and head outside for a hike.)  

Our dogs can warm our toes on a cold night and melt our hearts with a gentle look. Their silly antics can cheer us on and their loving licks can cheer us up. They play many roles in our lives, but their biggest role may simply be “heart stealer.”

Five Ways You Can Show Appreciation For Dogs

So now that we have a definition of “dog appreciation” and an overview of the role dogs play in our lives, what can we do to show our dogs how much we appreciate them? Here are five ways that we can show our dogs we love them. After all, they will always be our top dog. 

"Hears" to playing fetch quote with red goldendoodle dog with ears up

1. Pamper them with play 

Whether it’s a brain game or an active game, dogs feel pampered through play time. Kiddoodle Chloe loves physical games like fetch and brain games like hide and seek. Both physical and mental stimulation are important for our furry friends…and it solidifies the communication and bond you have with them. 

Ahhhh...there's nothing like a Paw Spa Day for your pooch. Red goldendoodle's paws in water with title paw spa day

2. Share a Paw Spa Day

If “muddy paws are happy paws” is your mantra, then your furry friend may enjoy a paw spa treatment after a messy day of play…or any day. Chloe’s “ahhhh…paw spa” treatment includes:

  •          Hopping in the bathtub filled with a couple inches of water. (Or the kiddie pool in the summer. )
  •          A cool drink of water from the bathtub faucet. 
  •          Favorite doggie tub toy. 
  •          Towel dry.
  •          Gentle paw rub or ear rub. 
  •          A tasty treat.  
  •          For even more fun, make it a paw spa for two and dip your toes in the water, too!

3.  One-on-One Fun

Focused time with your furry friend shows you care in a way that they understand. Here are some activities to do together: 

  • Go for a walk, hike, or jog.
  • Enjoy a nap beside each other. Snuggles on the sofa or flopping down on the floor beside your dog reinforces being part of the pack.
  • Head to a favorite pet store or pet-friendly restaurant.
  • Talk or sing to your dog.
  • Practice their favorite commands and reward them with the really good treats!


Through sweet looks and expressions dogs show their love. Red goldendoodle's face with sweet expression and words the twinkling of an eye

4. Say Some “EYE” Love Yous

Through their sweet looks and kind expressions, our dogs tell us they love us in so many ways. We can show our appreciation simply by gazing back at them in a gentle, tender way. 

Happy dog dancing with title you make me feel like dancing!

5. Celebrate Dog Times! Come On! It’s Dog Appreciation Day

Dog Appreciation Day is August 26. It’s a great day to show dogs EXTRA appreciation and love. Whether ball-bringer or lap sitter, working or playing, service or sweetness, dogs do so much for us.  Raise the WOOF for dogs, and celebrate them in ways that they will appreciate! In their eyes, you’ll always be at the head of the class. 


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Five ways you can show your dog how much you appreciate them

What do you do to show your dog how much they’re loved and appreciated? 

We’d love to hear. Please comment below.

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51 thoughts on “Dog Appreciation 101: Our ReBARKable Dogs

  1. I adore this!! What a fun article. 🙂 The syllabus for dog appreciation 101 was super cute as well.
    I love that there is a day dedicated to appreciating our dogs. <3

    1. Thanks! Happy we could add some fun to your day!

  2. this post was just darling!!! Each and every meme was perfect!

    1. Thank you!

  3. We went to a pet store yesterday where he sampled ALL the treats! He loves off-leash hiking so I’m trying to fit in a trip before the end of summer. Haven’t figured out what we’re doing for Dog Day yet.

  4. I ADORE this post! It is all so true! Dogs GIVE us so much! Yes, they take time, patience, and some work but OUR rewards are many! I love your intro too – I never desire to take courses haha but this one is right up my alley!

    1. Awww…thanks, Joely! So happy that you enjoyed Dog Appreciation 101 and our course introduction!

  5. This is so delightful! I am crazy about that H’ears photo, it’s so adorable I had to Pin it! Dogs give us so much, we really should show how much we appreciate them every single day.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

    1. Thanks, Cathy! I appreciate the pin! What a nice surprise!

  6. I love the photo with the pile of tennis balls! Dogs do give us so much and ask for so little in return. On National Dog Day I plan to take Buffy with me for the walk for suicide awarness.

    1. Thanks, Sandy! Tennis balls and endless games of fetch are some of Chloe’s favorite things!

  7. This was a fun post! Dogs do give so much! I know my mom’s life was changed when she got her first dog 8 years ago and for the better.

    1. Thanks, Sweet Purrfections! Happy to hear that furry family members bring your mom so much love.

  8. Chloe Doodle never has to worry about being underappreciated, ’cause she has the best momma ever! I appreciate my Basset minion by going up to her & sniffing her in the evenings. She gets lots of belly rus & goes on daily walks in nature. Hugs!

    1. Awww…thanks, Valentine! You have a pretty swell mom, too. Sounds like you have happy family times together.

  9. Love this post with so many ways to appreciate our dogs. I give mine special brain game toys and treats.

    1. Awww…thanks, Carleen. Brain games and treats are some of Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe’s faves, too! Thanks for being part of Dog Appreciation 101.

  10. What a unique and fun way to get out some great information. Love the topic, and the way you’ve presented it.

    1. Thanks, Amy! That means a lot to us! We’re happy you stopped by to visit us at Dogs Love U.

  11. Like Children’s Day, I think every day should be Dog Appreciation Day. Their pureness of heart inspires us to do better and be better. Their loyalty and love can take the sting out of the worst disappointments.

    1. Thanks, Lori. Well said!

  12. I love the idea of a doggy spa!A neat way to pamper your fur babies!

    1. Thanks! I’m glad you liked our “ahhh…paw spa” idea. Pampering our pups is such a fun way to spend time together!

  13. Every day is dog appreciation day in my house lol, we have so many, and they all need their time! Sometimes it’s a challenge, but so worth it!

    1. I’ll bet it’s fun to have several furry family members! So many more paws to love.

  14. Awe, I love the EYE Love You. Ruby is happy as long as she is with us and included – whether that means she joins us on a day out or spends a day cuddling on the couch.

    1. Thanks! Ruby is such a cutie. It sounds like you have the best times together.

  15. Cute post 🙂 We can never show our dogs too much love. I kiss, hug and sleep with my dogs. I give them massages and take them with me on travels. We explore the world together <3

    1. Awww…it sounds like you shower your furry family members with love and happiness in ways that they appreciate. Being together with our pets and exploring the world is wonderful, isn’t it!

  16. What a cute, creative post! I cannot get over your beautiful photos. Chloe is such a beautiful, well-loved pup.

    1. Awww…thanks, Heather. We’re happy to get to share a little of Chloe’s love and happiness with you!

  17. What a fun post! Dogs give us so much every day and never expect anything in return. It’s great to be able to give back to them and see the joy in their eyes and actions! 🙂

    1. Thank you and well said!

  18. What a truly sweet post ❤️Chloe has the best home ever and never has to worry about being loved and appreciated enough! Purrs from the Chirpies!

    1. Awww…thank you. You’re such a sweet friend!

  19. I love this! Dogs LOVE U is both clever and informative. Your images are stunning! I especially love just the reminder of how much our dogs do for us. Something as simple as a the gaze of his eyes into yours can tell you so much about that dog’s love for you, and yours for him.

    1. Awww…thanks so much, Stephanie. So happy to hear that this post was meaningful to you and that you liked our theme and photos. We’re happy you stopped by to be part of our “class” at Dogs Love U.

  20. Your dogs are lucky because I bet they’re appreciated like this every day! I loved your ideas.

    1. Thank you! Yes, these are things we enjoy as often as we can!

  21. Best course ever! lol This is so cute. One on one time is my favorite way to celebrate each of our individual dogs. Pack time is great, but one on one time is extra special.

    1. Thank you! Happy you appreciated our Dogs Love U course!

  22. The Dog Appreciation Course was a great idea! The Poodle Pair LOVES to go for rides, especially to Starbucks. For a special treat, we go to the Starbucks drive-thru and I get them a Puppachino when I get my drink. They both go crazy!

    1. Thanks, Karen! We haven’t tried the puppachino at Starbucks yet. Sounds like a great treat!

  23. I love these suggestions. Of course, every day is the best day to show your dog some appreciation!

    1. Thanks, Beth! So true! Every day is the best day for some dog appreciation!

  24. What an awesome, fun and creative post! What a great way to kick of going back to school season! It would be great for you to have free sticker downloads of each piece that folks that add to a certificate showing they joined in! That might be a great way to see how other folks are taking your post to heart!

    Thanks for this awesome reminder of ways we can appreciate our pets!

    1. Thank you so much! I’m happy to hear that you like the concept. A Dogs Love U sticker download is a great idea. I’d love to give something back to folks who have stopped by my blog. Thanks for the suggestion!

  25. Love this post! My two love our special outings – not to mention that usually includes a stop at Starbucks for a puppaccino 😉

    1. Why, thank you! Sounds like Starbucks is the perfect ending to any outing with your pups!

  26. Such a cute post with great dog appreciation ideas and great photos. Kilo is jealous.He did get treats, hugs, games and walks.

    1. Sounds like Kilo had a pretty special day! Thanks so much for stopping by and being part of Dogs Love U!

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