There's never a bad day to celebrate your pet, but National Dog Day, Aug. 26, gives dog owners an extra special reason to pamper their pups.
"National Dog Day is a wonderful occasion to show your pups some extra love," Mark Eamer, chief marketing officer at Chewy, told "Good Morning America."
While happiness matters, it is important to remember other factors also influence your pet's overall health, so "Good Morning America" tapped Darris Cooper, national dog training manager at Petco, to share some helpful insight.
"It's important to evaluate the aspects individually and as a whole to give your pup the best care possible," Cooper said. "The Whole Health approach involves five pillars, physical health, mental health, social health, home health and accessible health, which help pets lead full, rewarding lives.”
Scroll down for five tips to treat your happy healthy canine, courtesy of Cooper, as well as corresponding items you can shop right now.
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Tip 1: Make sure nutrition and exercise are a priority
"Summer will soon come to an end, resulting in more walks after dark. Petco has a new line of night safety products to help keep your dog visible and safe on evening walks."
WHIMZEES Brushzees Grain-Free Natural Daily Dental Dog Treats
Introduce a new love of “brushing” with the WHIMZEES Brushzees Natural Daily Dental Dog Treats. Totally edible and easily digestible, these vegetarian and all-natural treats help to freshen breath and reduce buildup on your dog’s teeth.
Native Pet Yak Cheese Flavored Dog Chew Treats
Provides your pup with an extra boost of protein not found in kibble alone.
SquarePet VFS Ideal Digestion Dry Dog Food
Say bye-bye to unhappy tummies and ingredient intolerances with SquarePet VFS Ideal Digestion Dry Dog Food.
Tip 2: Nurture your dogs mental health
"Pet parents can help ensure their dogs have joyful, enriching lives free from boredom and anxiety by prioritizing their mental health."
BARK Super Chewer Drumstick Dog Toy
This rubber drumstick dog toy is designed for insatiable Super Chewers. Underneath the Drumstick's all-natural rubber is an extra strong nylon core for extended playtime. The paw-friendly shape makes it easy for dogs to grip and focus on their main objective: chewing.
Tip 3: Plan for play and socialization
"It's important to strengthen your pup's social health so he or she feels confident and comfortable around other animals, humans and within their environment. Positive reinforcement-based training can help promote brain development, nurture the pet-pet parent bond from the start and contribute to pets' overall wellbeing."
Frisco Brunch Pastry Tray Plush Squeaky Dog Toy
Brunch pastry tray plush toys are perfect for playtime at the brunch table or for any time of the week.
Tip 4: Foster a safe and stimulating home environment
"Every dog should have a dedicated space where they feel safe, secure and loved, filled with a bed, blanket, bowl and toys. To care for your dog's home health, I recommend making your dog's crate a positive experience and a cozy retreat where they can relax and recharge."
Tip 5: Keep up with essential routine care
"Your pet should never have to go without the things they need to stay happy and healthy."
More to shop for National Dog Day:
Bonne et Filou Mint All-Natural Handmade Macaron Dog Treats
These wag-worthy rewards are made in the USA with all-natural ingredients and are naturally flavored with real mint.
Purina Prime Bones Mini Knotted Chews
Made with amaranth and real duck, these limited ingredient dog treats offer your pint-sized pooch a tasty combo.
Two Tails Pet Company Cutie With A Booty Personalized Dog & Cat ID Tag
For the BFF with a booty -- and the pet parent with a sense of humor -- there’s the Two Tails Pet Company Cutie With A Booty Pet ID Tag.
Wellness Bowl Boosters Freshly Frozen Fresh Chicken & Butternut Squash Dog Food
Your dog can gobble it up as a complete meal or enjoy it as a topper for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
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Pooch Creamery Peanut Butter Flavor Ice Cream Mix Dog Treat
Grain-free doggy ice cream made with just five premium ingredients is the perfect treat for birthday celebrations, special occasions or any day you want to give your pal a special reward.