Celebrate Labor Day with your dog

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By Laura Pakis, Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Blogger,

Labor Day– the first Monday in September was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events.

Ever since early dog helped early man hunt and gather food, canines have been one of our best assistants. Today the proliferation of modern working dogs is nearly mindboggling. Dogs are now trained to sniff out everything from improvised explosive devices to high and low blood sugar levels in human diabetics.

Although your idea of a fun late-summer holiday weekend might be drinking beer at a barbecue, consider planning an activity you can enjoy with your best friend.

SWIM

There are several community pools which have scheduled a specific day for dogs to enjoy the water.  Check out our calendar of dog events on the Acme Canine website.

HIKE or GO CAMPING

If you and your dog hike regularly, make the weekend special by visiting a new area. If you’ve never hiked with your dog, it’s an excellent time to start. Study the article on the topic on Spike’s Dog Blog by Acme Canine.

PICNIC

Taking your dog on a picnic might sound crazy but your dog will enjoy the change of scenery and time spent with you.  Use the commands your dog knows to make the event pleasurable.  For a refresher on commands visit the Acme Canine membership page.  Here you will find information, articles and videos exclusively for VIP members.

Let’s be thankful for the valued service of our hard working dogs! Feel free to share your thoughts and feelings on why we should also support the labor of man’s best friend. And send us photos of dogs in jobs or other working roles. Have a great Labor Day!

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