Calendar Full of Dog Holidays

There’s an old saying: “Every dog has his day.”

Apparently, dog owners don’t believe just one day is enough. The calendar is full of dog holidays. Some you may have heard of. Here are just some of the days and ways you can celebrate your dog throughout the year.


National Train Your Dog Month and Walk Your Pet Month

January 24: Change a Pet’s Life Day

January 29: Seeing Eye Guide Dog Anniversary


Beat the Heat Month, Dog Training Education Month, and Pet Dental/Oral Health Month

February 20: Love Your Pet Day

February 22: Walking the Dog Day


Poison Prevention Awareness Month; some sources highlight the week of March 18 as National Poison Prevention Week

March 13: K-9 Veterans Day

March 23: National Puppy Day


National Heartworm Awareness Month and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

April 11: National Pet Day; also Dog Therapy Appreciation Day

April 30: Adopt a Shelter Pet Day


National Pet Month and Responsible Animal Guardian Month

May 6: Mayday for Mutts (first Sunday in May)

May 12: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day


National Pet Preparedness Month

Jun 10: World Pet Memorial Day (second Sunday in June)

Jun 22: Take Your Dog to Work Day


Dog House Repair Month and National Lost Pet Prevention Month

July 1: ID Your Pet Day

July 31: National Mutt Day (also December 2)


August 1: DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs

August 26: National Dog Day


September 9: National Hug Your Hound Day

September 15: Responsible Dog Ownership Day


Adopt-a-Dog/Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month and National Pet Wellness Month

October 4: World Animal Day

October 10: National Pet Obesity Awareness Day


Adopt a Senior Pet Month and Pet Diabetes Month

November 1: National Cook for Your Pets Day

November 22: National Dog Show (always broadcast in the US on Thanksgiving)


December 2: National Mutt Day (also July 31)

This is just a sample of the different months and days devoted to dogs. There are days devoted to specific breeds. Cats have a lot of days devoted to them as well. There are even days devoted to small pets and wild animals.

If you’re like many dog owners, you celebrate your dog every day. In case you don’t, though, this will give you reminders to celebrate him at least a couple of times each month.

Meet the Author: Pam Hair

Pam Hair is a pet industry copywriter with Fuzzy Friends Writer, where she combines her three passions: a love of animals, a strong desire to help other people, and the joy of writing. She has been a pet parent over the years to dogs, cats, and a variety of rodents. Currently she and her husband share their home with two guinea pigs.

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