April 11, is National Pet Day! Even though we show appreciation daily for our furry BFF, here's a list of 10 activities to celebrate this special holiday throughout the weekend.

1. Adopt

If you are thinking about enlarging your family, adopting a pet from your local shelter or rescue organization will save the life of an animal in need.

2. Volunteer

There are many volunteer opportunities if your dog is friendly and well behaved. A growing number of libraries and schools invite canine volunteers to help children improve their reading skills. Service and therapy dogs can visit people at nursing homes and hospitals

3. Learn New Tricks

Don't believe the saying "you can't teach old dogs new tricks." Learning new tricks will keep your dog's mind sharp. Beyond the basic sit and stay, teach your dog a fun new trick like how to ring a bell when they need to go out. Click Here to find out how at "Craft Your Happiness."

4. Celebrate

Throw a fabulous National Pet Day Party for your pet and all of his/her friends. Make homemade dog treats and set up play stations. Find party ideas in Diva Dogs: A Style Guide to Living the Fabulous Life.

5. Play

Make your dog a fun new toy and enjoy play time together. Here is an easy squeaky no sew dog toy that will have your dog's tail wagging. Click "here" for instructions, thanks to "I Like DIY Projects."

6. Walk

Take your dog on a long walk to show your love and appreciation.

Dogs like to go for walks to get outdoors, sniff engage with their environment, and meet other dogs. Walking presents quality time and exercise for both you and your dog

7. Off to the Park

Spend the day at a park where you can be close to nature. As with any fun outing, bring plenty of water, treats, balls, and pick-up bags.

8. Pamper

Create a home spa for your dog. Grooming provides an opportunity to spend quality time pampering and bonding. Include the works: Bath, pet-icure, teeth-brushing, ear cleaning, and massage.

9. Picture Perfect

Arrange a session with a professional pet photographer for a fun photo shoot or check out our blog "How to Take Amazing photos of YourDog."

10. Show Time

Entering a contest is a fun way to spend quality time with your dog and a sure way of gaining exposure and possibly a show biz career. America's Top Dog Model 2018 Contest runs through April 30.