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The Ultimate List of 2024 Dog Holidays to Celebrate

Last updated on April 3rd, 2024 at 11:56 am

Did you know that there are over 100 days dedicated to celebrating our furry best friends in 2024? From National Dress Up Your Pet Day in January to Operation Santa Paws in December, there are countless opportunities to show your pup some love and appreciation throughout the year.

This ultimate list will give you a peek into the vast world of dog holidays. Whether you want to pamper your pet with a special treat or join in a community event, this guide has something for every dog lover out there. 

Here is the list of 118 dog holidays to celebrate in 2024!

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January

  • January 1st – National Train Your Dog Month – Monday
  • January 1st – Unchain a Dog Month – Monday
  • January 1st – Walk Your Dog Month – Monday
  • January 14th – National Dress Up Your Pet Day – Sunday
  • January 29th – Seeing-Eye Guide Dog Anniversary – Monday

February

  • February 1st – Dog Training Education Month – Thursday
  • February 1st – Pet Dental Health Month – Thursday
  • February 1st – Responsible Pet Owners Month – Thursday
  • February 2nd – National Brown Dog Day – Friday
  • February 2nd – Sled Dog Day – Friday
  • February 3rd – Doggy Date Night – Saturday
  • February 3rd – National Golden Retriever Day – Saturday
  • February 7th – Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week – Wednesday
  • February 14th – Pet Theft Awareness Day – Wednesday
  • February 22nd – National Walk Your Dog Day – Thursday
  • February 23rd – National Dog Biscuit Day – Friday
  • February 25th – World Spay Day – Sunday

March

  • March 2nd – Iditarod Race – Saturday
  • March 3rd – What If Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs? Day – Sunday
  • March 13th – K-9 Veterans Day – Wednesday
  • March 13th – National K9 Veterans Day – Wednesday
  • March 14th – Dog Theft Awareness Day – Thursday
  • March 15th – AKC National Agility Championship – Friday
  • March 20th – Dogs in Yellow Day – Wednesday
  • March 23rd – National Puppy Day – Saturday

April

  • April 1st – Adopt a Greyhound Month – Monday
  • April 1st – Canine Fitness Month – Monday
  • April 1st – Dog Appreciation Month – Monday
  • April 1st – Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month – Monday
  • April 1st – International Pooper Scooper Week – Monday
  • April 6th – Every Day is Tag Day – Saturday
  • April 7th – National Dog Bite Prevention Week – Sunday
  • April 8th – National Dog Fighting Awareness Day – Monday
  • April 10th – National Hug Your Dog Day – Wednesday
  • April 11th – Dog Therapy Appreciation Day – Thursday
  • April 11th – National Pet Day – Thursday
  • April 19th – National Dog Parent Appreciation Day – Friday
  • April 21st – National Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day – Sunday
  • April 23rd – National Lost Dog Awareness Day – Tuesday
  • April 23rd – National Scoop the Poop Week – Tuesday
  • April 24th – International Guide Dog Day – Wednesday
  • April 27th – National Little Pampered Dog Day – Saturday
  • April 28th – National Pet Parents Day – Sunday
  • April 30th – National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day – Tuesday
  • April 30th – National Therapy Animal Day – Tuesday

May

  • May 1st – National Pet Month – Wednesday
  • May 1st – National Service Dog Eye Examination Month – Wednesday
  • May 1st – International Doodle Dog Day – Wednesday
  • May 1st – National Purebred Dog Day – Wednesday
  • May 5th – Mayday for Mutts – Sunday
  • May 5th – Puppy Mill Action Week – Sunday
  • May 5th – National Pet Week – Sunday
  • May 6th – Dog Anxiety Awareness Week – Monday
  • May 6th – Westminster Dog Show – Monday
  • May 11th – Dog Mom Day – Saturday
  • May 14th – International Chihuahua Appreciation Day – Tuesday
  • May 20th – National Rescue Dog Day – Monday

June

  • June 1st – Social Petworking Month – Saturday
  • June 4th – International Corgi Day – Tuesday
  • June 15th – National Dog Dad Day – Saturday
  • June 20th – Ugliest Dog Day – Thursday
  • June 21st – National Dog Party Day – Friday
  • June 21st – National Take Your Dog to Work Day – Friday

July

  • July 1st – National Lost Pet Prevention Month – Monday
  • July 1st – Dog House Repair Month – Monday
  • July 21st – No Pet Store Puppies Day – Sunday
  • July 26th – National Dog Photography Day – Friday
  • July 31st – National Mutt Day – Wednesday

August

  • August 4th – Assistance Dog Day – Sunday
  • August 4th – Give a Dog a Bone Week – Sunday
  • August 4th – International Assistance Dog Week – Sunday
  • August 5th – Work Like a Dog Day – Monday
  • August 10th – National Spoil Your Dog Day – Saturday
  • August 15th – Check the Chip Day – Thursday
  • August 17th – International Homeless Animals Day – Saturday
  • August 22nd – Never Bean Better Day – Thursday
  • August 23rd – International Blind Dog Day – Friday
  • August 26th – National Dog Day – Monday

September

  • September 1st – National Guide Dog Month – Sunday
  • September 1st – Responsible Dog Ownership Month – Sunday
  • September 7th – Hulk the Dog’s Birthday – Saturday
  • September 8th – National Dog Walker Appreciation Day – Sunday
  • September 8th – National Hug Your Hound Day – Sunday
  • September 8th – National Pet Memorial Day – Sunday
  • September 16th – Adopt a Less-Adoptable Pet Week – Monday
  • September 21st – National AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day – Saturday
  • September 21st – Puppy Mill Awareness Day – Saturday
  • September 21st – Responsible Dog Ownership Day – Saturday
  • September 22nd – Deaf Dog Awareness Week – Sunday
  • September 23rd – National Dogs in Politics Day – Monday

October

  • October 1st – Adopt a Shelter Dog Month – Tuesday
  • October 1st – Pitbull Awareness Month – Tuesday
  • October 1st – National Black Dog Day – Tuesday
  • October 1st – National Fire Pup Day – Tuesday
  • October 1st – National Walk Your Dog Week – Tuesday
  • October 19th – National Fetch Day – Saturday
  • October 22nd – National Make a Dog’s Day – Tuesday
  • October 26th – Muddy Dog Day – Saturday
  • October 26th – National Pitbull Awareness Day – Saturday
  • October 30th – National Treat Your Pet Day – Wednesday

November

  • November 6th – Dog Film Festival – Wednesday
  • November 23rd – Thankful For My Dog Day – Saturday
  • November 23rd – Wolfenoot – Saturday
  • November 28th – National Dog Show Broadcast – Thursday

December

How to celebrate dog holidays

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There are many ways to celebrate dog holidays, but the best ideas will always depend on your dog’s individual personality and preferences. Here are a few general ideas to get you started:

  • Spoil them with extra love and attention: This could include giving them a belly rub, playing their favorite game, or taking them on an extra-long walk. 
  • Give them a special treat: Make them some homemade dog cookies or buy them a new chew toy. 
  • Do something fun together: This could be anything from going for a hike to playing fetch in the park. 
  • Donate to a dog-related charity in their name: This is a great way to help other dogs in need.

FAQs

Is there a holiday that celebrates dogs?

Absolutely! There are several days and even a month dedicated to our furry friends.

What National Dog Day is it today?

It’s not National Dog Day today, but it’s celebrated annually on August 26th.

Is there a dog mom holiday?

Yes, there is! National Dog Mom’s Day is celebrated on May 11th.

Is there a National Pet Parent Day?

There isn’t a specific National Pet Parent Day, but there is National Pet Day on April 11th, which celebrates all pets and the amazing bond between them and their owners.

Is there a National Dog Month?

While not official, August is widely considered National Dog Month, with many dog-centric events and celebrations happening throughout the month.

Is it National Dog Week?

There isn’t a nationally recognized Dog Week, but some organizations may hold their own dog-related events during a designated week.

Is today National Puppy Day?

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National Puppy Day is celebrated on March 23rd, so it’s not today.

What is International Dog Day 23?

There seems to be a misunderstanding. There isn’t a separate International Dog Day for each year. International Dog Day is generally celebrated on various dates around the world, but there’s no specific day called “International Dog Day 23.”

Is today International Love Your Pet Day?

There are a few days dedicated to showing love to your pets, but International Love Your Pet Day isn’t a widely recognized holiday.

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