Partial Pet/Animal (and other) Holidays 2017 in the United States


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Dog holidays 2017 in the United States usually means two things. It means vacations taken ‘with the family pet. Or it means special days, or dog holidays, that we can celebrate with our dog. This calls into mind dog-friendly lodging, dog parks, and/or dog-friendly amusement places.

Unfortunately, many dog holidays sneak up on us. We remember tomorrow that two days ago was the day to dress our dogs up and enter a parade… which we forgot about. Our phone begins to ring. “Where were you? We thought something happened!”

Well, something did happen. I lost my mind for the fourth year in a row along with every birthday in the family. I seriously thought about buying cards in bulk and mailing them all out on January 1st. THERE!! Nobody can say I forgot about them this year, by gosh… but I did not. My brand new Cortana personal computer assistant now takes care of all the birthdays and dog holidays – and me. Pet Minder is also a good reminder for anything dog related.

Below we have listed various U.S. annual dog holidays to be celebrated by dog owners and dog lovers. We have listed dog holidays for the AVMA health organization and for veterinarians. We have also used ideas from all areas.

Photograph of Rosie-Posie with design by Nancy Houser

Dog Holidays for 2017 in the U.S.

January – National Train Your Dog and Walk Your Pet Month

The month of January was assisted by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) to emphasize education etiquette for dogs and pets. This includes many events, such as:

  • Walking Your Pet
  • What Meat to Safely Feed Your Dog Over the Holidays
  • Helping pet owners better understand their dogs and pets
  • Keeping pets safe and stress-free
  • Various training methods for dogs
  • Theories and misconceptions regarding dog dominance
  • Helping parents of multiple pets
  • Helping dog owners better understand their dogs’ behaviors

Jan. 2 – National Pet Travel Safety Day

Jan. 5 – National Bird Day

Jan. 14 – National Dress Up Your Pet Day

Jan. 20 – National Penguin Awareness Day

Jan. 21 – National Squirrel Appreciation Day

Jan. 22 – National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day

Jan. 24 – Change Your Pet’s Life Day (TBA)

February – Being a Responsible Pet Owner Month

American Heart Month

National Pet Dental Health Month

Feb. 18 – World Whale Day

Feb. 20 – Love Your Pet Day

February 23 National Dog Biscuit Day

Feb 27 – National Polar Bear Day

February 27 National Invasive Species Awareness Week

March – Expanding Girls’ Horizons in Science and Engineering Month

March 1 – National Pig Day

March 6-10 National Wildlife Week

Third full week of March starting on Sunday with National Agriculture Day

March 21 – National Puppy Day

March 23 – Manatee Appreciation Day

March 25-29 Poison Prevention Week

Tessie, by Nancy Houser

The “real biggie” in dog holidays is May 7-13 for National Pet Week. Don’t forget!

(April – December are in progress for next Tuesday, February 14)

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