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August 10 is Spoil Your Dog Day! How to Celebrate

By: Brianna Gunter

A brown toy poodle stands happily in a field with blooming flowers.

Your pal’s the best, and she deserves to be treated like royalty every day even if she doesn’t ask for it. It’s one of the many joys of being a pet owner. But did you know that there is an entire day dedicated to just spoiling your dog?

That’s right! August 10 is National Spoil Your Dog Day in the United States, though it’s a time for dog lovers and pet parents everywhere to show their furry friend some extra appreciation.

Fun facts to share on Spoil Your Dog Day

Did you know that some states are known for spoiling their four-legged friends more than others? How about that many people would break up with their partner if they didn’t like their pet? If you’re looking for some fun facts to share with your friends this National Spoil Your Dog Day, here you go:

  • 64% of pet owners have cooked their pets treats or even whole meals from scratch*
  • 44% of pet owners celebrate their furry friend’s birthday every year* while 83% have thrown their pet a birthday party at some point**
  • 70% of pet owners won’t allow their pet to consume ingredients they haven’t personally researched*
  • Maryland pets are the most spoiled in the United States in terms of diet, treats, grooming, and overall pet expenditures**
  • 63% of pet owners would break up with their significant other if they didn’t get along with their pet**
  • 34% of pets are taken to a groomer or pet spa at least once every other month**

*Data sourced from a 2022 joint survey conducted by Zesty Paws and OnePoll.
**Results of a 2020 nationwide survey conducted by Joybird.

Can you spoil your dog too much?

Some pet owners insist there’s no such thing as spoiling your dog too much. While these people are well-intentioned, there is such a thing as going overboard with spoiling your pet—yes, even on National Spoil Your Dog Day.

Common indicators of an overly-spoiled canine include disobedience, excessive barking, jumping up on people, and weight gain. In these situations, it’s important to remember that you want your dog to be happy, but you also want her to be healthy and well-behaved around others.

If you’re unsure of how to set proper limits with your pet, talk with your veterinarian and consider enlisting the help of a professional dog trainer.

6 healthy ways to spoil your dog

A happy golden retriever wearing a bandana holds a toy ring in a field.

Ready to show Fido how much you care?

1. Spend a day at the park or beach

Why go for just another walk around the neighborhood when you can spoil your dog by taking him someplace special? Many dogs love going to local parks or beaches that are dog-friendly (read the rules before going!), and these places can offer a variety of exciting smells and sensations they don’t normally get in daily life. Just be sure you’re practicing good summer safety tips, like ensuring your dog stays hydrated.

2. Review your pet’s diet

It’s a good idea to review your dog’s diet at least once a year, preferably with the help of your veterinarian. Is he getting the nutrition he needs for his age, breed, and health status? Are you feeding the right amount? The closer attention and care you can pay to what your dog is eating every day, the better off he will be.

3. Offer a frozen treat

A few treats here and there are probably part of your dog’s routine, but how often does she get to taste doggy ice cream? Many pet stores and even some ice cream shops offer specialty frozen treats just for pets that don’t have dairy or other potentially harmful ingredients. It’s the perfect way to spoil your canine!

If your dog is on a restricted diet, talk with your veterinarian first.

4. Take your dog to pick out a new toy

Dogs are allowed in most pet stores, so why not let your pup pick out a new toy right there? Try holding up different toys and seeing which one he is most excited about (without letting him touch or taste all the toys you’re not buying, of course). Once he’s made his choice, it’s time to head straight to the park or home for some fun.

5. Make sure your dog is up-to-date on veterinary care

Going to the veterinarian may not be necessarily fun for your pet, but it’s necessary to ensure she is healthy throughout life. Spoil Your Dog Day is a good time to review your buddy’s records and, if needed, make appointments to get her caught up on vaccinations and other wellness care needs. Doing so will also help catch unexpected illnesses earlier on and get your pup the treatment she needs.

Speaking of providing your dog with veterinary care…

6. Protect your pal with dog insurance

Your pal may seem perfectly healthy now, but that doesn’t mean he won’t experience medical issues in the future. You have the power to protect your dog now with pet insurance to ensure that he has the most coverage (no policy covers pre-existing conditions) and can get life-saving care without facing financial obstacles.

In fact, protecting your buddy’s life with pet insurance isn’t even spoiling him—it’s part of responsible dog parenting.

Did you know there are special days for canines year-round? In case you missed it, now’s a good time to learn useful missing pet prevention tips from Lost Dog Awareness Day!

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