Video: 7 Signs You’re A Real Dog Dad

Watch the latest Alpha Paw episodes with host Bernie Zilio as she tackles your pet parent questions, along with our board of pet experts. In this episode, being a dog dad is the topic of the day! You can watch the video and read the transcript below!

The Transcript

Bernie Zilio
With Father’s Day just around the corner, we here at Alpha Paw want to celebrate all the dads out there…the dog dads, that is…by celebrating all of the ways that you, yes you, are a bone-afied dog daddy.

Welcome back to Alpha Paw, your destination for everything dog. I’m Bernie Zilio and I’m on a mission to answer every doggone question you’ve ever had about your fur babies and today we are talking about the 7 things that make an amazing dog dad. Father’s Day is all about celebrating ALL of the dads out there…including the ones that care for their fur babies.

So before we get into the tell-*tail* signs that you’re an official dog dad, we are giving all the pops out there 20% of every purchase on Just use promo code DADS20 and you will get 20% all of your favorite toys, supplements, beds, ramps, adorable little bandanas, and so much more. They even have the coolest personalized photo key chain, that looks just like your doggo.

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How To Tell If You Are A Dog Dad

Starting with number one, you treat your canine companion as if it were a child. Look, many people may have a pet, but there is a special breed…no pun intended…of pet owners who look at their doggos as a part of the family, as their fur babies.

You nurture your fur baby, you spoil them, you buy everything they could ever want and need, you have your parents call them grandkids…and like any good parent, you brag shamelessly about them. Except it’s not really bragging, you’re just letting the world know that your dog is the best. That’s just a fact.

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Number two, your dog owns at least 4 dog beds…but of course just sleeps in yours. You may be a big guy, but your dog, no matter how small…takes up all of the space. And guess what? You’re ok with that…because you’re a dog dad!

Number three, you are known to tell a bad dog dad joke here and there…or rather, all the time. Look, if dads to humans can tell dad jokes…why can’t you?? You just like big mutts and you cannot lie… Maybe dog mamas can do it to…

Number four, you love dressing your dog up for special occasions! Ok. By now you’ve probably seen our videos about the best dog Halloween costumes, holiday costumes, etcetera, which we all love, but this can also include just getting your dog dressed up in his favorite bowtie or her favorite bows. There doesn’t need to be a reason to dress your dog up, you just know the benefits of helping them put their best paw forward.

Number five, while you prefer to be next to your pupper at all times, side-by-side, attached at the hip, we all know that this isn’t always possible. So when you’re out of town or away from home, you’ve been known to facetime your dog. There’s nothing that screams dog dad more, than someone yelling “what a good boy” into their phone.

Number six, you are constantly and consistently COVERED in dog hair and guess what…you don’t care. Lint brush, who? You wear your dog’s hair loud and proud. It’s like a badge of honor that your whole life revolves around your precious fur baby. If you go on a date covered in dog hair and your partner has something to say about it…well then they are just barking up the wrong tree..

And finally, number 7, the last sign that you are a total dog dad is that you identify as a dog dad! It’s not complicated. If you love your pup and want only the best for them, you’re a tried and true dog dad! And we want to celebrate you and help you celebrate yourself and the other dog papas in your life.

So again, Alpha Paw is running a special 20% off promotion for all you fur baby parents out there with the code DADS20 on We’ll put a link in the description box, but that’s just our little way of thanking you for raising these precious creatures that make the world a better place.

Again I’m Bernie Zilio and this is Alpha Paw, be sure to subscribe so that you don’t miss a single doggone episode and we’ll see you next time! For more Alpha Paw videos, visit our Youtube channel!