Happy National Dog Day! Here’s How You Should Celebrate!
Marc Acton with his Great Dane, Mama, in Lake Tahoe!

It’s National Dog Day, when you’re supposed to appreciate and spoil your pup.  Here are a few quick stats and facts to help celebrate.

1.  71% of us have had a dog at some point in our life.  Only 56% have had a cat.

2.  Purebred dogs are the most popular now.  39% say their most recent dog was purebred . . . 17% said a crossbreed, like Labradoodles . . . 23% said mutt . . . and 21% have no idea which category their dog falls into.

3.  Americans are more than twice as likely to describe themselves as a “dog person” than a “cat person.”  49% said dog person . . . 21% said cat person . . . and around 30% don’t have a preference, or love both.

4.  A survey of dog owners found the dogs that are most likely to misbehave when they’re home alone are greyhounds . . . Dalmatians . . . bulldogs . . . beagles . . . and Siberian huskies.  Pomeranians and golden retrievers also made the top ten.

5.  The five most common bad behaviors are chewing things like shoes and socks . . . going to the bathroom inside . . . stealing food . . . shredding any and all types of paper . . . and jumping up on things like the sofa, or your bed.

6.  Here’s a weird one:  A poll this week asked people to rank the best “wedding outfits” for dogs.  Number one is a collar with a ring box, so they can be the ring bearer.  A custom suit is next, then a bow tie, a floral collar, and a bandana.

7.  Only 6% of us have a fear of dogs, but that’s still more than cats at 3%.  The animals we’re most afraid of are snakes and spiders.

8.  86% of dog owners tell their dog “I love you” at least once a month.