2017 Dog Holidays in the United States

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.

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Photograph of Rosie-Posie with design by Nancy Houser

Dog Holidays throughout the year

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

February – Being a Responsible Pet Owner Month

National Pet Dental Health Month

Feb. 20 – Love Your Pet Day

Feb. 23 – National Dog Biscuit Day


March 21 – National Puppy Day

March 25-29  Poison Prevention Week

April – ASPCA’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

American Red Cross’s Pet First Aid Awareness Month

Prevention of Lyme Disease in Dogs Month

National Heartworm Awareness Month

April 3-9 – National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week

April 10-16 – National Pet Day

April 16-22 – National Pet ID Week

April 23-29 -National Volunteer Week

April 26 – National Kids & Pets Day

April 26 – International Guide Dog Day

April 29 – World Veterinary Day

April 30 – National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day


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Tessie, by Nancy Houser

May – National Service Dog Month

Dog Eye Examination Month

Asthma and Allergy Dog Awareness Month

May 3 – National Specially-abled Pets Day

May 7-13 – National Pet Week®

May 7 -13 – Be Kind to Animals Week®

May 13 – National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

May 21-27 – National Dog Bite Prevention Week®

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The “real biggie” in dog holidays are:

May 7-13 – National Pet Week®

May 7 -13 – Be Kind to Animals Week®

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

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