The U.S. is a pet-loving nation. According to a 2021–2022 survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA), about 70 percent of U.S. households own at least one pet. About 53 percent of households own a dog and about 35 percent own a cat.
StudyFinds.org represents that 70 percent of dog owners consider their dog(s) to be “their best friend” and thus, they choose to pamper them quite liberally.
Reasons That We Love Our Dogs
We love our dogs because they comfort us when we feel down. They cuddle up to us to make us feel better and they invite us to go play when perhaps we don’t feel like playing.
Of course, therapy dogs are widely used to aid soldiers and civilians who experience PTSD, and they are used in care homes and psychiatric facilities. Dogs offer great companionship; they listen to our problems without judgment (and they don’t share our worries, irritations or secrets with anyone).
They typically go along with what we want to do without complaining or arguing. They make us laugh with their behaviors and they naturally relieve stress.
They teach us to be more “human” because they don’t judge others and don’t hold a grudge. They are typically kind, compassionate and loving. In short, dogs help to keep us healthy and happy.
Original Ideas To Indulge Your Dog
Okay, dog lovers. Here are some ways that you can indulge those that we frequently call “man’s best friend,” without spending a lot of money or spoiling your beloved furry companion:
- Make their life (and yours) as adventurous as possible. Don’t take the same old walk around the neighborhood every day. Instead, allow them to experience new sights, sounds and smells. Find some new hiking trails, explore different parks and find different, walking neighborhood areas.
- Buy them some comfortable furniture like a specialized dog bed frame and cushion. Create a sanctuary for them.
- Go for a drive with your dog in the front and their head out the window. That’s a great way to see some of the beautiful features in your area or nearby.
- Spend quality time together. This won’t cost you anything, but it can be very rewarding for both of you. Turn off the TV and put away your cell phone—just spend time together.
- Let your dog make some choices. If they want to run, roll in the grass, chase butterflies, play in the water, dig holes or sniff every tree in the park, let them do so.
- Play, play and play some more; getting exercise will be a big benefit to both of you.
- Give them some special toys and chews to enjoy.
- Vary their food and spoil them with the good stuff—not just the cheap, packaged dry goods on sale at the local discount grocery store—give them some special, tasty treats, too.
- Get scratching and rubbing; most dogs love their hips, neck, chest and lower back gently rubbed and scratched.
- Teach them a new trick.
- Buy them a designer collar that makes them look (and feel) special.
Finding ways to indulge and spoil your best friend will create great experiences and provide rewards for both of you.