We know how much our customers love their pets, in fact we’ve even met a few of them. Over the long months of lockdown, it’s been comforting to know that many of you have had loyal companions to keep you company.
This International Dog Day, which falls on August 26th, it’s time to say thank you to our four-legged friends for their unwavering devotion. Whether you’ve got a labrador or a shih tzu, show them who really is a good boy or girl.
Take your dog for a long walk
Regular walks are important to keep dogs healthy, but they’re also the highlight of their day. Take them on an extra long adventure to a special place that you only go to a few times a year to mark International Dog Day. It could be the beach or a wood with lots of exciting new smells to sniff.
Getting out in nature is known to have a relaxing effect on people, but if you're finding things tough it can be hard to break that cycle. A dog will not let you forget to take them outside, therefore getting you out of the house too and reducing stress levels.
Treat them to a new puzzle toy
Dogs are more like humans than we realise and can get bored too. Toys that represent some sort of puzzle they need to unravel are a great way to stimulate their minds and may also stop them from chewing your shoes or other precious items.
Get the gang together
Dog walking is a great way to see people while still maintaining a social distance. Make an occasion of International Dog Day by inviting other owners to the park and you can all have a catch-up while the dogs run off together and get into mischief.
Cool off from the summer heat
If it’s hot and there’s water about, your dog is guaranteed to find it. Show them your fun side and jump in the sea with them or cool off from the sprinkler in the garden. It’s a great way to let out your silly side and abandon the stresses you’ve built up over lockdown.
Get on the floor and play with your dog
Playing with a dog is a natural way of raising your serotonin and dopamine levels, which are responsible for keeping you calm and relaxed. They’ll love it too, as they’ll be getting all that attention, so it’s a win-win situation for both of you.
Research shows that stroking a dog for just ten minutes can help to calm a person down. Study participants were found to have less cortisol - the stress hormone - in their systems after petting an animal.
Book a stay in a dog-friendly hotel
Holidays have been something of a distant desire for most of 2020, so make the most of the loosening of lockdown restrictions and get away. The majority of us will be staycationing this year, which could give you the unique opportunity to take your dog with you. There are pet-friendly hotels up and down the country, so be sure to make your reservation at one of those.
You'll have the peace of mind that only bringing your beloved pet along with can give you. Not worrying about kennels and dogsitters makes for a more relaxing holiday and you can enjoy the companionship of your pet just as you have throughout lockdown.
Of course, no matter how much you love your pooch, there’s no way you want your house to smell like dog. Our entire For Pet Lovers range is subtlety scented with Bergamot & Fern, but contains our powerful Odour Neutraliser Formulation.