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Dogs are the most trusting, happy, joy-filled creatures on earth. On March 23rd we take time to stop and celebrate National Puppy Day. This amazing holiday was founded in 2006 by author Colleen Paige and has spread across the globe. The idea is to focus attention on puppies in need of adoption, and on the abuses found in puppy mills, but also to celebrate these furry little companions. According to statistics, people who have one or more pets in their homes lead happier lives, are considerably healthier, live longer and weigh less than those who don’t. So what’s not to love!

Here are some ideas to help you celebrate this holiday!

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1) Throw a National Puppy Day Dog Party

Get all of your friends who have fur babies together and celebrate man’s best friend with cake, balloons, and lots of puppy playtime. Check out this awesome guide to throwing the best dog party ever.

2) Puppy Photoshoot

Have a photographer or even just a friend who is handy with a camera, take a mini photoshoot of your puppy and you so you always have the memories of them when they were small.

custom stuffed animal of your pet

3) Get a Lookalike of Your Puppy

Ever get bummed that you can’t bring your dog everywhere you go? Now you can! Petsies can create a custom plush that looks exactly like your puppy! Get this awesome custom gift today. 

4) Teach Them a Trick

Can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Not true! Take time to help your furry friend learn a new skill or trick. Even if they are horrible at it, it is a great way to spend some fun time together. Here is a great guide to get you started.

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5) Make Delicious Homemade Dog Treats

Everyone loves some home-baked treats, especially your puppy! Here is a list of yummy dog snacks that will have your dog howling for more.

6) Safeguard Your BFF

There is nothing scarier than losing your pet. Make sure that you microchip and I.D. tag your puppy so the shelter can locate you if he gets lost.

Puppy Day Ideas

7) Get A New Toy To Celebrate Your Pup

There is nothing better than watching your dog tear into a new toy! They love being showered with cool new puppy products. Get your puppy a fun new toy or game to play with today!

8) Donate

Money, food, and toys are all great ideas of things you can take to your local shelter. You can also donate to the ASPCA.

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9) Volunteer

Don’t have a dog yourself? Volunteer some time at a shelter to give you your recommended daily dose of dog cuteness! We can’t promise you won’t end up adopting one while you’re there though!

How to celebrate Puppy Day

10) Adopt Your Own Fur Baby

Approximately 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted each year. It is a huge commitment, but one of the best ones you can make in your life. Head to your local shelter and adopt an animal that speaks to you.

National Puppy Day is a great excuse to celebrate your favorite furry friend. Looking for some other ways to celebrate your pup? Check out some of our popular articles:

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