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ArrrrrF! Heads up, dog lovers; it’s National Spoil Your Dog Day — and you wouldn’t want Fido to miss it

In case you haven’t heard, today National Spoil Your Dog Day — and there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that American dogs are seriously spoiled. 

Consider this:

 * 73% of dog owners give frequent gifts to their dog (and it’s sexy).

Three-quarters of Americans gift their pooch once a month or more. And it’s getting them dates. 48% of men and 60% of women find people who buy their dogs gifts more attractive.

* 7 in 10 owners let their dogs sleep in their bed.

While only 13% say their pup sleeps with them all the time, 68% say their furry friend sleeps in their bed more than once a month.

* Top 5 ways Americans spoil their dogs.

#1: I give my dog a special treat (60%)
#2: I tell my dog “I love you” (49%)
#3: I buy or make a special gift for my dog (36%)
#4: I post photos of my dog all over social media (30%)
#5: I include my dog in special activities (25%)

* Top five most doggy-loving states
(based on how regularly dog owners in each state engaged in loving behaviors with their dog (like spoiling their dog or giving doggy kisses))

#1: California
#2: New York
#3: Washington
#4: Tennessee
#5: Florida

To conduct the NationalToday.com Pampered Pooch Survey, the researchers at National Today — America’s favorite online destination to commemorate quirky and fun holidays — asked 3,000 Americans about every dog’s favorite day.

Dogs bring a lot to our lives, and while they might not be the most independent creatures to invite into your home, they don’t ask us for very much in return for all their doggy goodness.

Dogs make us laugh, love us unconditionally, and they’re happy to clean up any food we happen to drop on the floor. (They might even help clean up the food you’ve left on the table!)

In exchange, all our dogs want is a warm bed, a few belly rubs, and maybe a couple walks in the park. But National Spoil Your Dog Day is all about showering man’s best friend with appreciation for all the friendship we’ve enjoyed in their company.

Whether you’ve got a tiny toy pug or a giant English mastiff, this holiday is your chance to break the day to day rules of endearment and really go all-out to show your dog just how much you love him (or her).

For National Spoil Your Dog Day, give your dog a bone, leash up, and join us to celebrate our wonderful canine companions.

Why We Love National Spoil Your Dog Day

A. So much love, so little time

The sad truth about dogs is that they don’t live as long as humans. But somehow, dogs pack a lifetime of love and licks into little over a decade. Dogs love us without question, and they never complain about our busy schedules or the taste of their food. For all the love, companionship, and straight-up adoration our dogs lavish upon us, don’t you think they deserve a day of getting spoiled in return?

B. Their cute faces

Whether you’ve got one shih-tzu or a pack of lively mutts, there’s just something about their doggy faces that makes your heart go all warm and fuzzy. Maybe it’s all the love in their big brown eyes, or maybe it’s that funny way their ears flop inside-out sometimes. Every dog is unique, but there’s always that special something that makes your dog special to you. Whatever the quirks that you love about your dog, we love
that every dog has quirks to love.

C. It’s the perfect excuse to spoil your dog

Okay, so a lot of us don’t really need an excuse to spoil our dogs. But dog owners know that too much spoiling can lead to bad health or behavioral problems. For a lot of dog owners, it’s less about when to spoil their dogs and more about how to keep from spoiling them too much. National Spoil Your Dog Day is the perfect time to pamper our pets, and by concentrating a lot of our spoiling on a single day, we leave room for our dogs to enjoy a more balanced lifestyle overall.

How to Celebrate National Spoil Your Dog Day

1. Dole out the treats

What dog doesn’t love treats? But dog owners know that too many treats can be a bad thing. On this special day, break the rules and spoil your dog with as many treats as you want. You can keep it healthy by adding in some natural treats like carrots, salmon skin, or coconut oil. Some human foods aren’t good for dogs, so be sure to consult your veterinarian before sharing from your plate.

2. Do some doggy activities

All dogs love walks, but that’s just one of the many activities you can do on National Spoil Your Dog Day. Instead of walking around the block, you could take your dog to the dog park to socialize with other dogs while you walk. Some parks host dog-related events, especially on dog holidays, or you can organize your own dog party to get together with your dog-spoiling friends. Not your scene? Take your dog to a pet spa and
 let the spoiling really begin!

3. Love your dog

In all honesty, dogs don’t really care what you do with them, as long as you’re spending time together. Nobody knows your dog like you do, so take a moment to consider the things your dog loves best. Give your dog a great belly rub and snuggle up on the couch for a movie marathon if that’s what your pooch enjoys. Go down to the waterfront or fill up a backyard kiddie pool if your dog loves to splash around.

Whatever your dog’s favorite together-time, you can deliver it with a little thought and some heartfelt appreciation for what your dog adds to your life.

National Spoil Your Dog Day – Key Moments

Posh Pup
Hotelier and real estate magnate Leona Helmsley leaves $12 million in her will to her dog, Trouble

Good Girl
MGM brings Lassie to life in this 1943 motion picture, based on the similarly titled 1940 novel by Eric Knight.

Puppy Love
The UK passes the first animal welfare laws

Puppy Portraits
Dogs appear in Renaissance paintings as friends and companions

30,000 BC
Ancient Dogs
Earliest evidence of dog domestication

So you are a cat person? National Cat Day is October 17.

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