Dog Holidays Calendar: 2023 & 2024 with Google Calendar Sync | Pupford
September 26th, 2023
Filed under Lifestyle + Stories
We’re not saying you need dog holidays to celebrate your pup or do something fun in their honor -- but it doesn’t hurt to have an excuse right?
So get ready to mark your calendars, because today we’re talking about some fun dog holidays!
We're going to take a month-by-month look at all the days throughout the year that you can celebrate with your dog -- and some creative ways to do so!
2023 & 2024 Dog Holidays
Let’s get right into it!
JANUARY 2023 & 2024
Fun fact: January is National Train Your Dog Month! Whether you’re welcoming a new pup into the family or made it your to teach your dog fun new tricks, it’s a perfect time to commit to a training schedule.
January is also National Walk Your Dog Month!
January 2: National Pet Travel Safety Day
Traveling with your dog should involve some extra safety precautions, and this day is all about learning about those!
January 14th: Dress Up Your Pet Day
Is there anything better than a day dedicated to pups in costumes and clothes?! 😍
January 24th: National Peanut Butter Day
January 24th also celebrates the day this famous spread was created.
January 24th: Change a Pet’s Life Day
Welcoming dogs into our home changes our lives forever -- now it’s time to do the same for them!
This is the perfect day to adopt a dog searching for their forever home, to sponsor a dog in need, or to volunteer at a shelter to give a dog a little extra love and playtime.
Even the smallest gesture will change their life!
FEBRUARY 2023 & 2024
The Humane Society of the United States named February Spay/Neuter Awareness Month. Since there are a lot of questions around this topic, we put together this to help dog parents make responsible decisions.
Other month-long celebrations include Dog Training Education Month and Pet Dental Health Month.
February 3rd: Doggie Date Night
We’re sure you don’t need an excuse to spend a night with your pup -- but this is a great time to get creative with it.
Doggie Date Night was established by groups of businesses who wanted a way for people to include their dogs in otherwise human-only activities. You can also celebrate by bringing your dog on a puppy play date, or making a “date” to volunteer to walk/play with a dog in a shelter.
February 19th: Tug of War Day
February 22nd: Walking the Dog Day
It’s important that your dog gets daily exercise, which is why all of the dogs in the world came together to petition for Walking the Dog Day! 😉
Ok, maybe that’s not exactly how it happened, but there is no clear backstory for this national day so that’s the one we’re sticking to!
Make it a point to walk your dog on February 22nd and get fresh air and exercise together. You can also reach out to family and friends who may not be home during the day and volunteer to walk their dogs!
MARCH 2023 & 2024
March 3: If Pets Had Thumbs Day
Let your imagination run wild...
I'm sure my dogs would just order more treats! 😅
March 3rd-9th, 2024: Professional Pet Sitters Week
This holiday falls on the first full week of March each year. Use this week to give your favorite pet sitter some extra love!
March 13th: K-9 Veteran’s Day
We celebrate Veteran’s Day for the people who have served their country, we should honor the dogs who have served too!
K-9 Veteran’s Day is observed on March 13th, the same day in 1942 that the Army began training for the War Dog Program, marking the first time that dogs were a part of the military.
For K-9 Veteran’s Day, you can organize a doggy parade like our human counterparts do to get everyone together and celebrate. If that’s not possible, you can use this day to support organizations like .
March 23rd: National Puppy Day
Floppy ears, paws they haven’t quite grown into, that energetic personality… there are endless reasons why we love puppies!
National Puppy Day was brought to existence by author and animal advocate Colleen Paige in 2006 to not only give everyone an opportunity to show their puppies extra love but to raise awareness of puppies in need and puppy mill abuse.
APRIL 2023 & 2024
April is Active Dog Month so we’d like to challenge you to accumulate as many steps or minutes of playtime with your pup as much as possible. Have a friendly competition with the other dog parents in your life.
April 10th: National Hug Your Dog Day
This day is an ode to emotional support dogs, who became recognized by federal legislation in 1973. Hugging your dog not only makes you happy, but it also can show your pups you love them too!
This is a great day to gather the whole family and host a photoshoot where each member can get a pic hugging the pup!
April 30th: Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
While this doesn’t apply to dogs specifically, we felt that it was important enough to share anyway!
If you are in a position to welcome a shelter dog into your family on this day, we promise it will be life-changing for both of you in the best way.
If you are not able, that’s understandable, you can still honor the day by volunteering at a local shelter or donate needed items.
April 30th: Therapy Animal Day
MAY 2023 & 2024
May is National Pet Month, so be sure to include all your animals in your celebrations!
It is also the month-long celebrations of Chip Your Pet Month & Responsible Animal Guardian Month. Both go hand in hand!
May 11th, 2024: Dog Mom's Day
Dog Mom's Day is always on the second Saturday in May.
Yes, it's the day before the 'standard' Mother's Day if that helps!
May 20th: National Rescue Dog Day
If you have a rescue dog, you know how special they are. Join the movement by showing your pup off on Instagram with the tag #nationalrescuedogday and get others to do the same!
The best way to celebrate is by opening your home to adopting or fostering a shelter dog. But if you want your celebration to focus just on the rescue dog you have now, that’s fine too, they deserve it!
JUNE 2023 & 2024
June has two month-long celebrations, Pet Preparedness Month and National Foster a Pet Month!
June 2nd-8th, 2024: Pet Appreciation Week
Pet Appreciation Week is celebrated during the first full week of June.
Give your pup some extra love and snuggles!
June 21st: National Dog Party Day
Not only does June 21st kick off the first day of summer, but it’s also National Dog Party Day!
June 23: Take Your Dog to Work Day
In response to the popular “Take Your Child to Work Day,” Pet Sitters International created Take Your Dog to Work Day in 1999. If your workplace allows, take your pup with you for the day!
If taking your dog to work is not an option, or you work from home, you can have your dog be part of a video conference, or get their face put onto a mug so you can always have them with you at work!
JULY 2023 & 2024
July is also Pet Hydration Awareness Month and National Lost Pet Prevention Month.
July 1st - ID Your Dog Day
Unfortunately, thousands of dogs are frightened by fireworks and escape each year. Even if fireworks are no sweat for your pup, this is a great time to check that all information on their ID tags is up to date and visible.
A cool new tag and collar are a great way to celebrate!
July 26th: National Dog Photography Day
July 31st: National Mutt Day
AUGUST 2023 & 2024
August is a big month for dog holidays -- maybe that’s why they’re called the dog days of summer?
August 1st: DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs
Shelter dogs often don’t get the birthday treats and love that dogs in homes do, and often it’s impossible to know a shelter dog’s real date of birth, so the North Shore Animal League of American named August 1st the day to celebrate!
Make a dog-friendly birthday treat and bring it to your local shelter so all the dogs can have something special.
If your dog’s DOB is unknown, be sure to celebrate them this day!
August 10th: Spoil Your Dog Day
You know they deserve it!
August 26th: National Dog Day
Colleen Paige, who founded National Puppy Day, is also responsible for National Dog Day! It was founded in 2004 and is celebrated on August 26th to commemorate the day her family adopted her first dog when Colleen was a child.
Use this day to spend quality time with your dogs, help out a local shelter, or create care packages to send to dogs in need.
It’s also a great excuse to arrange a !
SEPTEMBER 2023 & 2024
September 16th, 2023 & September 21, 2024: Responsible Dog Ownership Day
The third Saturday in September was named Responsible Dog Ownership Day by the American Kennel Club in 2003, as that was the 119th anniversary of the AKC’s existence.
It celebrates all of the responsible dog parents and sheds light on the importance of caring for our dogs the proper way.
Take this day to be mindful of the steps of responsible dog parenthood, including:
- Discussing spaying/neutering with your vet
- Getting proper veterinary and grooming care
- Providing adequate food, water, exercise, and mental stimulation
- Proper waste disposal (!)
- Staying up to date on shots
September 22nd-28th, 2024: Deaf Pet Awareness Week
Deaf Dog Awareness Week is the last full week of every September.
It's estimated there are about 35,000 dogs in the United States who are deaf in both ears. Dogs who are deaf in just one ear are more common, about 120,000.
September 22nd-28th, 2024: National Dog Week
OCTOBER 2023 & 2024
October is the month to celebrate National Pet Wellness Month and Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Both are such great things to celebrate!
October 11th: Pet Obesity Awareness Day
Over 50% of dogs in America are considered overweight or obese... that's bad!
October 17th: National Fetch Day
Created by Petmate in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Chuckit!, the third Saturday in October has been known as National Fetch Day since 2018.
Fetch is a great way to give your pup the physical and mental exercise they need.
Grab your dog and some friends, and head to a dog-friendly park and organize a giant game of fetch to celebrate!
NOVEMBER 2023 & 2024
November has been named Adopt A Senior Pet Month by the ASPCA. There are thousands of senior dogs in shelters that go overlooked, even though they are often well-behaved and have so much love to give.
November 1st: National Cook For Your Pets Day
While the origins of National Cook For Your Pets Day is unclear, the celebration couldn’t be more simple! The rest of your family gets to enjoy home-cooked meals every day (pizza nights count in my book), so why doesn’t your dog?
Take this day to make a special dog-friendly recipe. Before you get cooking, be sure to check this .
For some extra fun, get the whole family involved. Have your kids or other family members help you make a meal for the family along with a dog-safe version!
November 3rd-9th, 2024: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week
Use this week to show some appreciation for your local shelter. They can almost always use volunteers and donations!
DECEMBER 2023 & 2024
December 9th: International Day of Veterinary Medicine
While there are no dog holidays in December, there is a day so important that it’s celebrated around the world. International Day of Veterinary Medicine was first celebrated in 2000 by the World Veterinary Association to highlight the life-saving work done by veterinarians that year.
While your pup may not be on board with paying a visit to your vet to say thanks, you can still show your gratitude for the doctors that keep your dog healthy.
DOG HOLIDAYS 2023 & 2024 RECAP
So there you have it -- all (or at least, most of) the dog holidays in the year!
Remember you can add all of these holidays to your personal calendar by clicking below ⤵️
What other dog-inspired holidays have you heard of? Any other dog holidays we're missing? Let us know in the comments!