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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