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Top 10 Ways to Celebrate National Puppy Day

It’s National Puppy Day. The joyous day was designed to help you celebrate your love of puppies and these 10 “paw-some” puppy activities will help you celebrate with your new, future, or forever puppy.

Adopt: Looking for to add a puppy to your family? AdoptAPet offers a searchable database to help you find adoptable puppies (or older dogs) that are waiting for their forever families. Set your search criteria and see which cute, cuddly canine captures your attention.

The site is also filled with articles about how to adopt a puppy, pet care, training and behavior to prepare you to add a four-legged family member.

Peek into their past: The rescue listed your puppy as a Labrador retriever mix and you want to know more—and finally settle a disagreement about whether he has Border Collie or Bernese Mountain Dog in his family tree.

With a quick cheek swab, the Wisdom Panel Premium DNA test will give you a ton of data about your dog from breeds to genetic health risks; there is even information about genetic relative matches so you can find out about their siblings!

Volunteer: Shelters depend on volunteers to help with tasks ranging from cleaning, feeding and walking dogs to fostering. You can interact with purebred puppies and mixed breed puppies and come up with games to play with puppy or bring treats for puppies to help with socialization. Call your local animal shelter or rescue to ask about volunteer opportunities.

Throw a puppy party: Invite the neighborhood canines for an afternoon of puppy games. For a successful party with puppies, fill a kiddie pool with plastic balls, set up an obstacle course, bring out the best toys and look for fun games to play with a puppy like tag, tug-of-war and fetch. A dog-friendly cake and ice cream are perfect for celebrating puppy playtime.

Share on social: Your social media feeds are filled with snapshots of your dog. On National Puppy Day, post one of her “baby photos” alongside a current pic so you (and your followers) can obsess over her puppy cuteness and admire the adorable grown-up dog she’s become.

Donate to animal rescue: More than 3.3 million dogs end up in shelters every year, according to the ASPCA. Your puppy donation can help provide food, shelter, vet care and supplies to help shelters and animal rescues ensure that these amazing dogs find happiness with fur-ever families.

Bake homemade treats: The best treats for a puppy are the ones you make and the ASPCA shared a simple recipe for pet-friendly pumpkin peanut butter treats for puppies.

Combine 2.5 cups of flour, 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce, 3/4 cup of pumpkin puree and 3 tablespoons of peanut butter. Mix the ingredients, roll out 1/2 inch thick, cut with a cookie cutter and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes or until the treats are crunchy. Make sure the dog treats are cooled before serving.

Buy new gear: Your puppy should look his best on National Puppy Day. Treat him to a new collar and leash. Whistle Health and Whistle Health & GPS+ devices are perfect for puppies. Get proactive alerts about sleeping, eating and health habits, set goals for distance and calories and reminders for vet visits, grooming or medications to set your puppy up for a long, healthy life.

Whistle Switch uses GPS tracking with updates every 15 seconds and provide escape alerts through text or the Whistle app to alert you if your puppy gets out—and fits puppies as small as five pounds (the Whistle FIT fits dogs of all sizes).

If you really want to spoil your puppy, a new dog bed, toys and a few of the best chew treats for puppies are also ideal gifts to celebrate National Puppy Day!

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