Dogs are not only man’s best friend; they are also his oldest one. Although historians agree that dogs were the first domesticated animal, there is debate on how long ago and where the friendship began.

Based on DNA evidence, most researchers believe that the furry, warm-nosed companion beside you descended from a group of grey wolves that has since became extinct.

Research suggests dog ownership may improve heart health, decrease depression, and even help you live longer.

For humans, the perks of the dog-human relationship will run much deeper than games of fetch or a handy excuse to go for a nice, long walk.

National Dog Day Activities

1. Adopt a dog

What better day to adopt a furry friend than on National Dog Day? Take a trip to your local shelter and go look for your new best friend.

2. Show your pup some love

Show your pup you love them by giving them their favourite treats, going on lots of walks or playing at the dog park.

Facts about Dogs

  • They sleep in a circle to protect their organs –  this comes from when they were wild and vulnerable to predator attacks.
  • The shape of a dog’s face determines their lifespan – a longer face on a dog means they will have a longer lifespan.
  • They have an amazing sense of smell – a dog’s nose has 300 million receptors, whereas us as humans have 5 million.
  • A dog’s nose print is unique – a dogs nose print is just as unique as a human fingerprint.