Pet Appreciation Week (June 7-13) is a time to show your pet just how much you appreciate them. You buy someone a present on a birthday, or take your spouse out to dinner on an anniversary, but what do you do for your pet? If you can’t remember the last time you took your pet on a “date” or brought them home a treat just because, you are long overdue for a day of pet appreciation.
Buy Them a Treat
Every pet loves a treat, especially a dog with a bone. Bring them home something tasty, or surprise them with a new bully stick or chicken jerky. Your pet will feel appreciated, especially in his belly!
Spend Quality Time With Your Pet (Pet Date)
Like humans, pets need attention too. And while money can't always buy happiness, it comes down to the thought. Make it a point to spend at least two to three hours with your pet each week. If you own a dog, take them to the dog park for a few hours of uninterrupted fun, or bring them along on your next camping trip so that they can explore the great outdoors with you and your family. If you have a cat, lay on the floor with them and toss a fake mouse back and forth.
Set Up a Play Date
Animals, like people, need to socialize with others of their kind. Schedule a recurring playdate with friends and family and their animals so that your pet can enjoy some social interaction.
Do Something New Together
From taking up Frisbee in the park to hiking nature trails, there is bound to be a few things that both you and your pet don’t know how to do. By learning something new at the same time, you and your pet can bond in a new and exciting way, which will strengthen your relationship and give you each a newfound respect for one another.
Volunteer at the Humane Society
Show your pet that you appreciate them by helping others of their kind that need it the most. By volunteering at or donating to the Humane Society or other shelter, you are showing your appreciation for animals and the love they give us.