5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day With Your Dog


Earth Day is a global event celebrated every year on April 22nd, and it’s a great reminder to appreciate our planet and reflect on ways we can reduce our impact on the environment. As pet owners, we all have a responsibility to do our part so that we can enjoy the outdoors with our dogs while protecting our planet for future generations. As we celebrate Earth Day, what better way to honor the planet than by spending time with our pups? After all, our dogs are more than just pets - they are a part of the family. In this blog post, we will explore some fun and eco-friendly ways to celebrate Earth Day with your dog, showing how you can make a positive impact on the planet together. 

3 dog owners pose with their pets in the mountains of Colorado wearing Natural Rapport shirts

1. Get outside! 

Spending time outside with your dog is the perfect way to bond, connect with nature, and experience something new together. Celebrate Earth Day with your pet by taking them on a hike or finding a new local trail. Hiking with your dog requires responsible pet ownership, and by bringing our dogs on adventures we can practice and model responsible outdoor etiquette, such as keeping them on leash when required, staying on trail, packing out their poop, and respecting wildlife and other hikers. It’s also a great chance to let your dog experience and enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of nature, as dogs rely heavily on their sense of smell to explore and understand the world around them. So grab your hiking boots, your favorite Natural Rapport treats, leash up your dog, and hit the trails for a fun and sustainable adventure! 
A corgi stands on the trail as his owner freshens him up with Natural Rapport Between Bath Spray

2. Treat your dog to an eco-friendly grooming session!

Freshen up this Earth Day with an eco-friendly spa day for your dog! A grooming session is a great way to spend time with your pup while keeping the planet in mind. Avoid products that include harsh chemicals and ingredients that can be toxic to your dog and the environment, and instead look for eco-friendly products, such as our plant-based grooming line! All our formulations use nature to clean nature, with ingredients that are at least 95% derived from natural and plant-based ingredients. Check out our Dog Shampoo for bath time, or conserve water with our Between Bath Spray. By using eco-friendly grooming products and practices, you can reduce your dogs exposure to harmful chemicals and promote a healthier, safer environment. 
Two images featuring adoptable dogs. A girl looks at a white rescue dog while on leash, rewarding him with Natural Rapport Pumpkin Meatballs. In the second image, a rescue dog is being bathed using Natural Rapport Dog Shampoo.

3. Volunteer at a local animal shelter 

Volunteering at your local shelter is a wonderful way to give back to the planet and your community. By dedicating your time and energy to helping animals in need, you are making a positive impact on the environment. Animal shelters provide a safe haven for abandoned or neglected animals, which helps to reduce the number of strays on the street. This is important because stray animals can have a negative impact on the environment by creating litter, damaging wildlife, and spreading disease. Through volunteering you can help to mitigate these negative impacts, promote sustainable pet ownership, and contribute to the well-being of animals who are waiting to find their forever home.
 A dog is seen searching for Natural Rapport treats in a repurposed box as an enrichment activity for Earth Day

4. Reuse around the home! 

As a dog owner you can celebrate Earth Day by trying new and fun ways to reuse things around the house, such as dog treat bags or leftover boxes that come in the mail. Instead of throwing away these items, consider reusing them for other purposes! Finding a second use for old items or things that normally end up in the trash helps to ultimately reduce waste and promote sustainability. Treat bags are easily repurposed into storage for dog meals on the go or for containing smelly poop bags in your hiking pack. Old boxes or t-shirts can be transformed into a DIY enrichment game by filling them with treats, which is an eco-friendly way to provide mental stimulation for your pup. By being mindful of the materials we use and finding creative ways to reuse them, we can all do our part as pet parents in promoting a more sustainable future. 
A hand shown holding many dog poop bags that were cleaned up after being left on the trail, and a dog poses by trash from cleaning up around the neighborhood.

5. Clean up & encourage others to join!

Earth Day is a great opportunity to not only make a positive impact on the environment, but to also inspire and encourage others to do the same. Bring along a trash bag and gloves and make a game out of picking up litter, rewarding your pup for their help in sniffing out trash. Clean up dog waste left on the ground, which can contribute to water pollution, spread disease, and cause harm to wildlife. Share your efforts on social media to inspire others to take action and make a difference in their own communities, or organize a clean up at a local park with friends and family. By rallying the support of others, you can enhance the beauty of your local trails and parks, raise awareness for responsible waste disposal, and amplify your impact. 
No matter how you decide to celebrate Earth Day this year, remember that every action, big or small, can make a positive impact on the planet and help create a more sustainable future for all.

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