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Celebrating International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day

We all celebrate events such as birthdays and anniversaries every year, but here's a fun pet-themed celebration to add to your calendar — International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day! This tasty treat of a holiday is the perfect opportunity to show some extra love and appreciation to our canine friends. Want to know more about International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day? Read on!

Dog with dog treat 

International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day

Taking place every February 23rd, International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day is a day for, you guessed it, appreciating dog biscuits! Also known as National Dog Biscuit Day, the origins of this day are unknown. We're sure this is a date every pup can get behind!

The Origins of Dog Biscuits

Whilst the exact inception of International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day remains a mystery, the concept of a dog biscuit was developed by James Spratt all the way back in 1860. Spratt introduced the first commercially produced dog biscuit in England in this year. His invention laid the foundation for the modern pet food industry, transforming how pet owners feed their dogs.

Over time, dog biscuits have evolved in composition and variety, catering to the dietary needs and preferences of dogs worldwide. 

Beagle having a dog biscuit

Are Dog Biscuits Good For Dogs?

Dog biscuits are a tasty snack for our pets and have benefits for dogs, including:

  • Training aid: Biscuits are helpful rewards during training, helping to reinforce positive behavior. They're an invaluable tool for teaching your pup basic commands like 'sit'.
  • Reassurance: If your pup is feeling unsure about a situation, such as being groomed or going to the vets, dog biscuits can be used to help them associate such places with something positive. 
  • Mental stimulation: Dog biscuits can be used in puzzle toys and treat-dispensing toys to provide mental stimulation.

Whilst dog biscuits are a fun treat that can also be used as a positive reinforcement tool, it's important to remember that they should only be offered in moderation. 

 Pile of dog biscuits

How to Celebrate International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day

Bake Homemade Dog Biscuits

Get creative in the kitchen by preparing homemade dog biscuits. Look for healthy recipes that are safe for canine consumption, using ingredients like pumpkin or peanut butter. Check out these 4 homemade dog biscuit recipes for inspo.

Have an Icing Competition

Kids will love getting involved in this idea! Buy or make some dog-safe icing and create a competition for who can ice a selection of dog biscuits the best. 

Set up a Dog Biscuit Scavenger Hunt

What could be more fun that hiding some dog biscuits and encouraging your dog to seek them out? Just don't hide too many!

Donate Dog Biscuits

Donating dog biscuits to local animal shelters is a thoughtful way to spread the joy beyond your own home and into the lives of pups waiting for their forever homes.


    International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day is another fun occasion to spoil our pets - in moderation, of course! When given in small portions, dog biscuits can be a great training aid, assist with positive associations, and more. We're sure your pup is going to be a fan of this day! Show off your love for your pup with waggish apparel from our Dogs Collection, on Dog Biscuit Day and everyday!

    Dog Mom sweatshirt

    Photo: @thecavalife

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