Pet Appreciation Week 2022


It’s Pet Appreciation Week!

We are being urged to use this Pet Appreciation Week to reflect on just how much our pets do for us, emotionally and physically.

There’s nothing quite like the greeting from a pet when you get home from a long day at work.

Or the excitement of a dog who has just been told they are going for a walk.

Pets bring us incredible joy – they provide unconditional love, make us laugh and keep us active.

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Pet Appreciation Week is a chance to show our pets how much they mean to us (image: PETstock)

What is Pet Appreciation Week?

Pet Appreciation Week (or PAW)  is being held 1-7 June this year and is dedicated to showing our pets what they mean to us.

PAW started in the 1980s to create awareness of the importance of pets and appreciate what they do for us.

According to a PETstock’s survey, the emotional connection between a dog and their owner is proven to be extremely strong.

Ninety-six percent of dog owners even said the connection is so strong that their dog will mend a broken heart.

Not surprisingly, the research also shows that any pet can improve our mental wellbeing.

While watching fish swim reduces stress, the companionship of cats and dogs can reduce feelings of loneliness, anxiety or depression.

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Cats and dogs can improve our mental health by providing companionship (image:PETstock)

Pet Appreciation Week: five reasons to celebrate our paw-fect pets

Pet Appreciation Week is a great opportunity for owners to reflect on just how much our animals do for us.

PETstock ambassador and pet behavioural expert Lara Shannon has listed the top five ways our pets make our lives better.

They support our mental health

Almost any pet can improve our mental wellbeing. Pets can make us laugh and smile, allowing us to set our worries aside even if it’s just for a moment.

They keep us moving

This is especially true for dogs.

They help us fit healthy daily exercise into our busy schedules whether that be on a hike or run – like a trail run adventure – swim at the beach or playing fetch at the dog park.

They’re essentially our greatest motivators and personal trainers who never want to miss out on a workout!

Regular exercise with your pet will deepen the connection between you, eliminate many behaviour problems in dogs and keep you both happy, fit and healthy.

They provide unconditional love

Pets can be great listeners, offer unconditional love, unwavering affection and won’t criticise you.

According to PETstock’s Pet Parent Survey 2022, six in every 10 pet parents allow their pet to sleep either in or on their beds with them, further highlighting the strong bond that we share with our pets.

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Help you to socialise and meet new people

Pets can be a great social bridge for their owners, helping them to start and maintain new friendships and, in some cases, romantic relationships.

Dog owners frequently stop and talk to each other on walks, hikes, or in a dog park. Pet owners also meet new people in pet stores, online groups, clubs and training classes.

Owning a pet can also assist in the dating game, with 56% of cat owners agreeing that they’d match with people who featured dogs or cats on their profile.

Provide structure and purpose

Our pets also provide structure to our days.

Having to feed, exercise and care for a pet can help you keep to a daily routine and feel more grounded and focused.

Whether you’re a pet parent to a bird, snake or cat, you’re never alone and you’re also responsible for looking after them

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A cuddle from a pet reduces stress and anxiety (image: PETstock)

Spoil your pet this Pet Appreciation Week

Looking for ways to spoil your beloved pet this week? Here’s Lara’s top ways to show them just how much you love them.

Cook for your pets

From bark-uterie boards to pup-cakes, try creating a balanced and healthy homemade meal for your pet.

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Pup-cakes and donuts are extremely popular (image: Michelle Minehan)


Untrimmed dogs, cats and rabbits with an extra-thick coat require regular brushing. Keep your pet’s coat in top condition by brushing daily to remove tangles, dirt and dead hair, to increase skin circulation and distribute oil.

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Grooming is a great way to bond with your pet (image: PETstock)


Most dogs love exploring new and interesting places with their best friend.

Use Pet Appreciation Week as a reason to vary your daily walks as new routes provide exposure to exciting smells and different stimulation.


Treat your dog, cat or rabbit to a new enrichment toy that will keep them busy for hours and offer a sense of comfort while you’re out for the day.

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