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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. 

Dog Appreciation 101: Our Rebarkable Dogs

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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Talent Hounds

Monday 28th of August 2017

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


Tuesday 29th of August 2017

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

Kelsie | It's Dog or Nothing

Monday 28th of August 2017

Love this post! My two love our special outings - not to mention that usually includes a stop at Starbucks for a puppaccino ;)


Tuesday 29th of August 2017

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

Bryn Nowell

Monday 28th of August 2017

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!


Tuesday 29th of August 2017

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!


Monday 28th of August 2017

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


Monday 28th of August 2017

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


Monday 28th of August 2017

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!


Monday 28th of August 2017

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

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