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Pet Appreciation Week: Four Ways To Show Appreciation To Your Dog
It’s Pet Appreciation Week starting Sunday 5th June! To celebrate, we thought we’d share the best ways you can show appreciation to your four-legged friend. Our pets take up a very special role in our lives, giving us love and companionship, often when we need it most.
So here’s our top four ways to give back, and show your dog just how much they mean to you!
Create A Doggy Relaxation Zone
Dogs are versatile creatures. They’ll happily snuggle up for a snooze in any cosy corner they can find. But it’s easy for your dog to become overstimulated, and pretty tired out as a result. Some dogs become hypersensitive to noise and the presence of other pets, leading them to become stressed if they don’t get a chance for some time out.
Invest in a fluffy dog bed, complete with plush cushions and super soft padding. Place the bed in a secluded location of your house, away from other pets (and humans). Fill it with all of their favourite toys, and you’ll have a haven of canine relaxation they won’t want to get out of.
Go On A Day Trip
Our dogs yearn to explore just as much as we do, but most of the time their adventures are limited to your neighbourhood or a trip to the park on weekends.
Expand your dog’s horizons with a day trip! If your dog is particularly energetic, a big hike around a national park such as the Peak District will leave them with their tail wagging! If your pooch is of the smaller, slower variety, a walk along a picturesque river before they join you for lunch would give them a day to remember, and plenty of new canine friends to meet on the way.
If you haven’t travelled far with your dog before, be sure to bring a portable dog bowl and plenty of water, as well as some Bug Bakes to give them a snack should they get hungry during the day.
Make Time For Playtime!
Dogs love to play, whether with toys, other dogs or with their human companion. But what looks like fun to a dog?
Treat your pooch by giving them something to chew on, preferably with a squeak. Throw a squidgy ball into the mix and they’ll be bouncing off the walls. It’s also fun to give them a belly rub when they’re rolling around on the floor! Make time for playtime everyday to give your dog something to look forward to, as well as a way to burn off energy outside of their regular walks.
Treat Them To Something Yummy (and Nutritious)
Every dog loves their dinner, so surprise them with something different for an extra special treat: bake your dog a cake! As long as your dog doesn’t have any specific dietary requirements, you can find multiple cake recipes online featuring a variety of mouth watering flavours. Here’s a really simple recipe for a first time baked treat:
Preheat your oven to 175°C. Grease a fluted tube pan. Combine 1/3 cup of honey, the yolk of one egg, 1/4 cup of peanut butter, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1/4 cup of cooking oil in a large bowl before blending well. Throw in 1 cup of shredded carrots until everything is all mixed up. Sift together 1 cup of flour and 1 teaspoon of baking soda and combine into your carrot mixture. Load your cake batter into your already greased pan.
Time for the oven! Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean, which usually takes about 40 minutes. Let your cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then extract it out onto a wire rack to let it cool completely. Take a pinch of Bug Bakes to decorate the top and you’ll have a cake they’ll be drooling to dig into!