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Dog Holidays, new ways to celebrate your four-legged doggy friends

Is your dog getting restless at home because he knows there are plenty of fun things to do out there, but you just don’t have the time or energy to take him on big, extravagant dog holidays? Well, we’ve got some good news for you! 

There are now a number of dog holidays designed specifically for pet owners who want to make their furry friends happy. From cruises where dogs are welcome aboard to resorts that offer playtime and doggy daycare, your pooch will love you for taking him on one of these amazing getaways. So read on and start planning your pup’s next holiday today!

This article is about dog holidays, if you would like to take your dog on holiday, please have a look at our dog friendly cottages and barns

Dog holidays are a great way for dog owners to celebrate their pup and show them some extra love. There are many different dog holidays throughout the year, and each one provides a unique opportunity for dog owners to get involved. This article covers just a few dog holidays, why not create your own and start a new annual trend!

One of the most popular dog holidays is National Dog Day, which takes place on August 26th every year. This holiday was created to celebrate all breeds of dogs and to encourage dog adoption. 

There are lots of fun ways to celebrate National Dog Day with your pup, such as taking him for a hike in the park, going for a swim at the beach, or heading to a dog-friendly restaurant for a bite to eat. You could also visit a nearby shelter to adopt a dog in need, or simply show your dog some extra love and attention. No matter how you choose to celebrate, be sure to have plenty of treats and toys on hand to make your dog feel special.

National Dog Day is a holiday that celebrates dogs and dog owners alike. It was founded in 2004 as a way to promote dog adoptions, fundraising for dog shelters, and free vet checkups for pets. There are many ways that dog owners can celebrate National Dog Day, from taking their dog for a walk to participating in events like dog adoptions or fundraising walks.

5 fun ways to celebrate national dog day with your furry friend

  • Take your dog for a walk in the park.
  • Go for a swim at the beach.
  • Visit a dog-friendly restaurant.
  • Take your dog for a hike in the countryside.
  • Adopt a dog from a shelter.
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We have some great dog-friendly beaches in Suffolk

Ways to show your dog some extra love on national dog day

Make your hound a special treat for dog holidays

Dogs love treats, that much isn’t news! We give every dog who stays with us here at Woodfarm a healthy treat when they arrive. But have you ever tried making your own dog treats? It’s easier than you might think!

When cooking a treat for your dog, it’s important to make sure that it is safe and healthy. Here are a few recipes that you can try:

Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Treats:
These treats are easy to make and dog-friendly. All you need is one banana, one cup of natural peanut butter, and one cup of wheat flour. Simply mash the banana and mix it with the peanut butter and flour until a dough forms. Then use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes, and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes.

Pumpkin Dog Treats:
These treats are perfect for fall, as they contain pumpkin puree. You’ll need one cup of whole wheat flour, one teaspoon of baking powder, one and a half teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice, and one fourth cup of water. Simply mix the wet ingredients together and then mix in the dry ingredients. Roll out the dough and use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes, then bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.

Carrot Dog Treats: 
These treats are healthy and easy to make. You’ll need two cups of whole wheat flour, one cup of grated carrots, one teaspoon of baking powder, and one fourth cup of vegetable oil. Mix the wet ingredients together and then mix in the dry ingredients. Roll out the dough and use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes, then bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes.

Give your dog a hug and a pat on the head every time you pass them

When you’re walking around the house and you see your dog, give them a hug and a pat on the head. This will make them feel loved and appreciated, which will help to reduce their anxiety and stress.

Dogs are commonly considered to be man’s best friend, and for good reason. They are loyal, loving, and always happy to see us. What’s more, dogs provide us with a sense of companionship that is unmatched by any other animal. So making an effort to pat your dog on the head more often can also help your own mental wellbeing.

Play with your dog in the park

One great way to celebrate dog holidays is to take your dog to the park and let them run around and play. This is a great way to get some exercise for both of you, and it’s always fun to see your dog have a good time. You can also plan special dog-themed activities for your holiday celebrations and meet fellow dog lovers in the park. For example, you could have a dog costume contest, or make dog-shaped cookies and treats. You could even take a trip to a dog park or petting zoo. Whatever you do, be sure to include your furry friend in the festivities!

One thing to keep in mind when planning park playdates on dog holidays is that not all dogs enjoy being around lots of people or other animals. If your dog is shy or scared, it might be best to stick to smaller gatherings or activities that are tailored specifically to them. That way, they’ll still feel like they’re part of the celebration without feeling overwhelmed. No matter what you do, just be sure to have fun and enjoy spending time with your dog on their special day.

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All dogs love the park, take your dog for an extra walk on a dog holiday

Take your dog to work day

Not all employers will support this dog holiday, which is a shame, but if your boss is a dog lover this could be the best working day of the year! 

Finally, if you really want to spoil your dog on dog holidays, you may want to consider buying them a new toy or two. This can be a lot of fun for your dog, and it will also help keep them entertained. When you’re buying dog toys, it’s important to get something that will keep your dog entertained. Some good ideas include:

  • Dog toys that can be filled with treats or food. 
  • Toys that can be stuffed with dog hair or cotton to simulate a prey animal
  • Interactive toys that require your dog to manipulate them in order to get the treats out
  • Puzzle toys that require your dog to figure out how to get the treats out
  • Squeaky toys
  • Tug toys
  • Bouncy balls
  • Kongs (a rubber dog toy with a hole in the middle that can be filled with food)
dog with kong toy
Has your dog got a Kong?

Yappy Hour!

Yappy Hour is a dog-centric holiday that celebrates the human-canine bond. The holiday is often celebrated at bars and restaurants that allow dogs on their premises, and dog owners can enjoy socializing with other dog lovers while their furry friends play. Many dog-friendly establishments offer special Yappy Hour menus and deals on dog-related merchandise.

Yappy Hour is a great way to socialize your dog and meet other dog owners in your community. It’s also a fun way to support local businesses that are dog-friendly. If you’re looking for a fun activity to do with your dog, consider attending a Yappy Hour event!

One of our local dog friendly pubs, The Dog in Grundisburg was recently featured in a Yappy Hour article The Guardian!

How can dog owners ensure their pets enjoy dog holidays as well?

To ensure their pets enjoy dog holidays as well, dog owners should be sure to include their dog in the planning and preparations. This means picking out a fun costume or activity that both the dog and owner can enjoy. It’s also important to be aware of any dog-specific holiday hazards, such as fireworks or chocolate toxicity. 

Finally, dog owners should make sure to keep their dog safe and secure during all holiday festivities. If you are looking at holiday cottages make sure they have enclosed gardens.

Invent your own dog holiday!

If you’re looking for a new way to celebrate your dog, consider inventing your own dog holiday! There are many ways to create a new dog holiday. You could choose a special day of the year to celebrate your dog, or come up with a special theme for the day. Maybe you could create a “national dog day” and encourage dog owners all over the country to celebrate their dogs. Or, if you’re feeling particularly creative, you could come up with a whole new way to celebrate dogs!


Celebrating our dogs during special occasions is a fun and important way to show how much we love them! 

Whether you choose to dress up your pup in a special outfit, make them their own personalized treat or just spend some extra time playing fetch and giving them lots of love, celebrating your dog during holidays is a great way to show how much you appreciate all they do for you. 

Because we run a holiday business with dog friendly accommodation we also recommend you bring your four-legged friend for a dog friendly holiday here at Woodfarm Barns!

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One of our holiday cottages with hot tubs

If you book a break for you and your dog at Woodfarm you also get a luxury hot tub to chill out in!

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Pawesome, fully-enclosed two acre Pooch Paddock for your Dogs to go bonkers and make new friends in.

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