10 Best Ways To Celebrate National Dog Day

National Dog Day is here again. Hurrah! According to official sources, the celebratory event, which takes place on August 26th of every year, is designed to “bring attention to the plight of animals and encourage adoption.” That’s obviously a very worthy aim — but how about we twist things up a little and suggest a bunch of non-traditional ways you and your pooch can bring attention to the goals of National Dog Day.

1. Cook A Canine-Friendly Meal For You And Your Pup

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 23. EXCLUSIVE: Allison Weiner (L), Connor the dog and Hanna Mandelbaum eat the same meal on February 23, 2011 in New York City. Two business partners are literally making a dogs dinner of their work as they aim to eat a bowl of their pet food every day for a month. Hanna Mandelbaum, 30 and Allison Weiner, 38, who co-own Evermore Pet Food, have decided to prove their upmarket dog food is fit for human consumption by eating a portion every day for the month of March. Sitting down with a soup sized bowl filled with either chicken or beef flavour of their 'human grade' pet food, Hanna and Allison are literally putting their money where their mouth is by backing their product so publically. Eating the dog food as part of a healthy three meal a day diet, Hanna and Allison prove their month long experiment in canine cuisine by broadcasting each meal time on a webcam on their website. (Photo by James Ambler / Barcroft USA / Getty Images)

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We’ve all glanced at the mighty healthy ingredients to a package of premium organic dog food and thought, “You know, I could actually eat that.” Well, take it one step further by donning your best novelty apron and rustling up a home cooked meal for two that both you and your dog can chow down on. Boiled chicken, cheese and an apple are your go-to ingredients for this one.

2. Sing For The Moment

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: Actress and Singer Gina Naomi Baez sings to Tinkerbelle during the Andi Dorfman Celebrates Tinkerbelle The Dog's Birthday at Inglot Cosmetics on November 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Randy Brooke/Getty Images)

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Give your favorite song a canine-centric makeover. Simply replace crucial words with the name of your dog or other themed lyrics. If you’re stumped, try starting by substituting a key word in the title with “bark.” So the hook to Drake’s “One Dance” quickly becomes, “I need a one bark/ Got a chew toy in my mouth…” Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling” practically re-writes itself.

3. Talk Like A Dog

FESHIEBRIDGE, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 19: A husky barks as it prepares for sled practice at a forest course ahead of the Aviemore Sled Dog Rally on January 19, 2016 in Feshiebridge, Scotland. Huskies and sledders prepare ahead of the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain 33nd race taking place at Loch Morlich this weekend near Aviemore. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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Find a few likeminded friends or colleagues and attempt to get through the day by communicating only in dog noises. You never knew a deep growl could convey so much during a staff meeting!

4. Catch ‘Em All


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Yeah, Pokemon fever has calmed down after the initial hysteria swept the world, but there’s still time to get on the bandwagon and hit the streets with your dog while looking for Pikachu and pals. Bonus karma points for actually dressing your dog up like a Pokemon.

5. Checkmate!

FRASIER -- "Chess Pains" Episode 18 -- Pictured: (l-r) John Mahoney as Martin Crane, Kelsey Grammer as Dr. Frasier Crane -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank

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Alternatively, keep it cerebral by attempting to play a game of chess with your dog. Sure, it probably won’t pan out as planned, but if Eddie from Frasier can hang at the checkered board…

6. Bring Your Dog To Happy Hour

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Okay, sometimes in some states it’s not technically allowed, but it’s not hard to find a local bar that will happily let you bring your dog along for a few early happy hour brews. Don’t be shy to ask for a little sipper of Guinness to go along with the bowl of water your dog will be having.

7. Rise And Shine

LAGUNA BEACHññ"Kobe" a chocolate lab owned by Guy Kehler of Newport Beach (shown in left rear) had free run of the Laguna Beach dog park thursday morning. More cities in Orange County are building new dog parks, Irvine will dedicate its new park October 21. (Photo by Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

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Make the effort to wake up super early and take advantage of any off-leash hours in your local municipal parks. (They’re often before 8 or 9 a.m.) Let your beloved mutt run free!

8. Three’s Company

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 18: Baltimore Ravens Hall of Famer Jonathan Ogden teamed up with Miller Lite to surprise local fan Chase Loetz by taking a few things off his plate before watching the Ravens game together, including walking the dog on October 18, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for Miller Lite)

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Invite one of your non-dog owning friends along for a walk and play session. You never know, they might become so smitten with the idea that you’ll encourage them to adopt their own special pup. At the very least, you may also stumble across someone who’s willing to scoop that poop when you’re otherwise engaged.

9. Serve high tea

May 1923: Young ladies enjoying a cup of tea and music when camping on the Chiltern Hills. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

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Stay classy and treat yourself and your favorite pup to a fancy, high-class afternoon tea date. Get dressed up in your best finery, put a top hat on your hound, and enjoy a civilized and refined afternoon of tea and cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off.

10. Dance, Ya Know It

DENVER, CO - JULY 27: Rocky Mountain Dancing dogs performer Cheri Rasmussen dances with her Schipperke, Gunner on the animal stage the Denver County Fair at the National Western complex July 27, 2016 in Denver, CO. (Photo By Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

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Take strides to get in on the canine freestyle dance scene. While the official rules involve a mix of obedience training and dancing spiced up with some tricks, you could also fashion an impromptu dance party by putting on your favorite playlist and dancing like a maniac around the house — although don’t be surprised if your dog just ends up giving you a quizzical but disproving look when it comes to your best moves.