It’s National Dog Day: Reward your best friend with a comfy bed, toys, healthy food and gear on sale plus Halloween costumes and other stuff to make you laugh

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The dog in your life brings more than just an eagerness to greet you when you return home. That wagging tail communicates the bond you two share. You’re both looking out for one another. It’s nice, then, on National Dog Day that our four-legged best friend is celebrated. Some people […]

The dog in your life brings more than just an eagerness to greet you when you return home. That wagging tail communicates the bond you two share. You’re both looking out for one another. It’s nice, then, on National Dog Day that our four-legged best friend is celebrated.

Some people see National Dog Day on Aug. 26 as a time to catch up on the latest products and treats to keep canines healthy and happy. Retailers are celebrating with special discounts and gifts that continue through the weekend:

  • Receive a $30 gift card when you spend $100 on select items at Chewy through Saturday, Aug. 28.
  • Wild One lets you take 15% off your purchase and the company will match every dollar spent through Sunday, Aug. 29 with product donations to rescues across the country.
  • BarkBox is gifting free matching robes for you and your dog (a $50 value) with a monthly box subscription.

Is barking an issue? People who are returning to work are looking for safe and effective corrective behavior training to stop their dog from excessively barking when they’re away. Dog bark collars are a humane way in which a dog associates barking with averse stimuli such as static, non-shock or citronella spray.

The PetSafe Indoor Bark Control System ($27.54, a 31% savings) sends a high-pitch, ultrasonic sound up to 25 feet away that only a dog hears.

Have you looked into a DNA kit for your pet? Embark Vet has a cheek swab test to identify your dog’s breed mix among more than 350 unique types. Use the code BREED30 at checkout to reduce the price from $129 to $99 and receive a report on your dog’s family tree and ancestry.

A Husky dog has a DNA test

Embark Vet has a check swab test to identify your dog’s breed mix among more than 350 unique types as well as the family tree with the canine relative finder and ancestry.Embark Vet

Embark Vet has partnered with researchers at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine to use its DNA genotyping platform database to stop preventable dog diseases and find future genetic discoveries.

A $199 test, on sale for $149, includes DNA information as well as 200 genetic health risks like dysplasia risk and colitis as well as fur shedding. The test also predicts how big an adult dog will be based on genetics (save $50 with the code DECODED50 at checkout). Shipping is free.

Amazon sells dog DNA kits as does Chewy, but the best deal now is directly with Embark Vet.

Here’s another idea: Outsource the heavy-lifting job of hauling home pet food with a subscription food service like the auto ship program at 1800PetSupplies.com that delivers to your door on your schedule.

Here are other dog-related products and services that leave you and your dog with more time to play:

Dog food is made from U.S. family-owned farms with no preservatives or harmful fillers.

Ollie delivers healthy food freshly made from human-grade, real ingredients that dogs love to eat.Ollie

Fresh dog food, formulated as part of a balanced diet, can impact your dog’s health, wellness and even lifespan, according to veterinary research.

Ollie delivers healthy food freshly made with human-grade ingredients grown at family-owned U.S. farms that dogs love to eat. Order pre-portioned meals tailored to your dog’s age, breed, size and unique profile. Save 50% on the first box delivered to your door by signing up for email and text information.

Darwin’s Natural Pet Products has fresh, raw pet food made with natural sources for balanced nutrition for dogs and cats. See the special offer of 10 pounds for $14.95, which includes home delivery. Take a quiz to customize a plan.

Nom Nom’s board-certified veterinary nutritionists developed fresh food made with whole ingredients and targeted vitamins and minerals for “folks with paws.” The company oversees each step of the process in its California and Tennessee facilities, then ships cold, fresh, pre-portioned meals based on your schedule.

Pet Plate has personalized meal plans, delivered to your door. For National Dog Day, receive 65% off subscriptions for meals and treats like Joint Jumpin’ Mobility Cookies and Tummy Ticklin’ Digestive Cookies.

Spot & Tango offers a personalized dog meal plan with ready-to-serve meals made with fresh fruits and vegetables and “honest guidance.” The food is cooked fresh with no artificial additives, preservatives or fillers. Its UnKibble is fresh dry dog food. For National Dog Day, receive 50% off your trial plan plus two free bags of treats.

The Farmer’s Dog offers balanced, freshly made, human-grade pet food “guided by science and driven by love.” The vet-developed meals have nutrition that exceeds industry and Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) standards for dogs.

Pets reduce our stress and encourage us to exercise. Just try to ignore a dog that wants to go outside. When inside your home, these toys can entertain puppies of all ages.

1800PetSupplies is offering 15% off toys for dogs as well as entertainment items for a cat, bird, fish and even a tunnel for a ferret. Take up to 81% off select items during its warehouse clearance event.

BarkBox lets you receive a customized box of themed toys and treats for your pup every month starting at $23 a box including shipping. Every BarkBox has two innovative toys, two all-natural bags of treats, and a chew, curated from each month’s unique theme like Space Jam.

Chewy has indoor crates including one that looks like an end table.

The New Age Pet ecoFLEX crate looks like an end table ($170.99, save $79, which is 32%; shipping included).Chewy

Everyone in the house sleeps better when a puppy is snoring away.

Chewy has indoor crates and outdoor kennels. The New Age Pet ecoFLEX crate looks like an end table ($170.99, save $79, which is 32% off; shipping included). Check out the company’s other dog items, dog food (such as veterinary diets and raw food), toys, treats and pet supplements.

1800PetSupplies is discounting comfy dog beds 55% like the durable Majestic Pet Azure Villa rectangle pet bed with a micro-velvet cover ($58.09, was $127.77 for a small dog, $73.43 for a medium-size dog and $86.39 for a large bed).

Dog.com has new arrivals like a waterproof and windproof Helios Trail Barker travel bed on sale at $79.99, which is $20 off. The company also sells flea solutions. Take 10%-20% off all orders over $79 with a promo code that pops up on the home page.

A dog is in an airline-compliant travel carrier with breathable mesh walls and cushion.

Wild One has airline-compliant travel carrier with breathable mesh walls and cushion ($125).Wild One

When it’s time to travel again, have the gear to keep your dog safe and by your side.

Wild One has functional accessories, healthy treats and grooming essentials so your dog can walk, play and live in style. Best sellers include comfy, lightweight harness walk kits in various colors ($98, was $118), care kits of monthly basics, from shampoo to organic baked treats ($64), an airline-compliant travel carrier with breathable mesh walls and cushion ($125) as well as eco-friendly, extra thick poop bags.

Muttropolis has outdoor clothing and gear for adventurous dogs like the Approach Pack dog backpack ($85) and stylish clothes and grooming products for “haute dogs.” See lots of canine items to better enjoy a walk, snack or meal, playtime, sleep and travel plus Halloween costumes and collars like the Pandaloon Unicorn Dog Costume ($39). Save 10% on your first order by signing up for emails.

Roverlund has design-forward gear for pets and people like a pet carrier that serves as a car seat, airline-compliant carrier and mobile dog or cat bed. Every pet carrier’s shoulder strap doubles as a 40-inch leash made from extra strength mountain climbing rope. Save 20% with a matching pet carrier and human carry-all ($252, was $314).

Dog-themed lead and collar set, flag, pin, wall clock, wine glass and auto decal are sold at Cherrybrook.

Cherrybrook lets you shop based on your dog’s breed.Cherrybrook

Cherrybrook specializes in grooming products used by dog handlers and professional groomers. Shop for a lead and collar set, flag, wall clock, wine glass and auto decal spotlighting your dog’s breed. Join the Cherrybrook pack and get $10 off your first order of $50 or more.

I’d Rather Be With My Dog donates 5%-10% of its sales from clothing to a different dog cause or rescue. Enter your email to receive a code for $5 off any purchase of $20 or more of dog-themed tank tops, fleece sherpas and hats and beanies. Use the code SORRY20 to receive 20% off.

A dog is dressed up like a unicorn for Halloween.

Muttropolis has the Pandaloon Unicorn dog costume.Muttropolis

Petco is celebrating National Dog Day with up to $30 off an order of $100 or more on select items including the extra small YOULY The Lover Heart knit dog sweater ($17.99). See spooky costumes for dogs (land shark to pizza), cats (Batman to mean queen), small pets (like a viking helmet for a bearded dragon) and matching pet and human costumes like tigers.

PetSmart is offering 20% off orders of $40 or more with its end of summer sale plus same-day, free delivery by DoorDash through Aug. 29. Plan ahead for Oct. 31 with these wickedly fun Halloween costumes such as IT Come Home ($9.99), scary clown ($19.99) and Dracula ($19.99)

— Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072

[email protected] | @janeteastman

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