Dog Holidays: Spring ~ April • May • June

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For all of the ways dogs make our lives better, they are fans of simple pleasures like a game of fetch, a good meaty bone to gnaw on, or a long belly rub. Celebrate your dog on these dog holidays by spending some extra time with it today to show your love and appreciation.


Every Day is Tag Day

April 3* • Every Day is Tag Day

(First Saturday in April)

To prevent the heartache of losing a pet, American Humane created “Every Day is Tag Day™”.

The event unites thousands of animal care and control agencies, veterinarians, and humane organizations with the common goal of urging pet owners to equip their pets with ID tags and/or microchips to maximize the chance of their safe return if they stray from home or are lost on vacation.

Dog Holiday: Every Day is Tag Day

National Hug your Dog Day

April 10 • National Hug Your Dog Day

Today is a day to celebrate your dog for all they do.

Hugging your dog releases a hormone in both pup and person called “oxytocin,” informally referred to as “the cuddle hormone.” Not only does a good tight squeeze strengthen your bond, but it also shows your pet that you care.

Dog Holiday: National Hug your Dog Day

Bulldogs are Beautiful Day

April 21: Bulldogs are Beautiful Day

French, American, or English — bulldogs portray their own mystique with an adorable combination of wrinkles and slobber.

The modern bulldog is gentle, affectionate, and stable both in terms of temperament and appearance.

They may be small but are capable of great power and are super-loyal and brave when it comes to their human companions, especially children.

Dog Holiday: Bulldogs are Beautiful Day

National Beagle Day

April 22 • National Beagle Day

Beagle Day is an opportunity for all beagle lovers to come together and share everything they love about beagles. 

The Beagle is a very cute, lovable pooch, that makes a very cheerful and happy family pet. 

Dog Holiday: National Beagle Day

National Scoop the Poop Week in USA

April 24 • National Scoop the Poop Week in USA

Let’s give a crap!

The day after Earth Day April 22 starts a week to highlight “National Scoop the Poop Week.”

The Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists, an organization of professional pooper-scoopers, was founded the week in 2002 to educate pet owners on the importance of cleaning up after their dogs,

Dog Holiday: National Scoop the Poop Week

International Guide Dog Day

April 27* • International Guide Dog Day 

(Last Wednesday in April)

International Guide Dog Day honors guide dogs and the amazing work these companions do for those who are blind.

Consider volunteering for a guide dog organization, such as Guide Dogs of America or watch the documentary, “Pick of the Litter,” that shows how guide dogs are trained.


Dog Holiday: International Guide Dog Day

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

April 30 • National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day on April 30th raises awareness for thousands of pets that are waiting for (and needing) adoption from the shelters.

Did you know? Every year, just in the U.S., about 6.5 million animals go into animal shelters? More interestingly, roughly half of them are cats and half of them are dogs.

Dog Holiday: National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day


National Purebread Dog Day

May 1 • National Purebred Dog Day

Purebred Dog Day is about celebrating these majestic, loyal creatures that have helped humans in so many ways.

From the excellent nose of a bloodhound to the herding capability of purebreds, this day is was created by responsible breeders to celebrate how purebreds have helped humans.

Dog Holiday: National Purebred Dogs Day

Mayday for Mutts

May 2*: Mayday for Mutts

(First Sunday in May)

The first Sunday of May is nationally is nationally known as “Mayday for Mutts,” a day to celebrate our mixed breed pups (as well as seniors and special needs dogs) and kick off a month-long promotion of shelter and rescue adoption.

Ending the myths about mutts – it’s the personality not the pedigree that counts! – can educate the public on all types of dogs, which can help lead to less puppy mills and an increase in homeless pups finding forever families.

Dog Holiday: Mayday for Mutts

National Dog Mom's Day

May 8* • National Dog Mom’s Day

(Second Saturday in May)

National Dog Mom’s Day recognizes the bond women share with their fur kids. When they humor us, charm us or even when they are naughty, they are like any other child to us.

Dog Holiday: National Dog Mom's Day

German Shepherd Day

May 10 • German Shepherd Day

Celebrate the German Shepherd,  known for confidence, intelligence, loyalty, and courage.

Did you know? Most German Shepherds usually need at least 90 minutes of exercise per day. This can be spread out across the day and can include all sorts of high energy activity, like walking, running and playing.

Dog Holiday: German Shepherd Day

International Chihuahua Appreciation Day

May 14: International Chihuahua Appreciation Day

The Chihuahua is the smallest recognized breed of dog and it is named after the Chihuahua state in Mexico.

Chihuahua’s are intelligent and can be quite sassy, having distinct personalities. They are very loving and extremely loyal pets that typically do well with children and other animals, if introduced properly.

Dog Holiday: International Chihuahua Appreciation Day

National Rescue Dog Day

May 20 • National Rescue Dog Day

National Rescue Dog Day was founded by Lisa Wiehebrink of Tails That Teach to bring awareness to the countless number of amazing dogs in shelters waiting to be adopted, to promote humane education for young children, and to encourage spay/neuter.

The day was inspired by Cooper who was rescued in 2009 and is now the main character in the Tails That Teach book series that teach children how to be and kind and gentle to their pets.

Dog Holiday: National Rescue Dog Day

World Dog Day

May 21* • World Dog Day

(Third Saturday of May)

World Dog Day, started by The Vanderpump Dog Foundation in 2016, is a day that focuses on the celebration of dogs! The day aims to draw attention to the amazing, empathetic creatures that dogs are, while raising awareness about global dog abuse.

Dog Holiday: World Dog Day

Feast Day of St. Bernard of Montjoux

May 28 • Feast Day of St. Bernard of Montjoux

The patron of hospices at two Alpine passes, later to be named Great and Little St. Bernard passes. The hospices were home to–you guessed it–St. Bernard dogs who were trained to find lost travelers.


Dog Holiday: Feast of St. Bernard on Mont Joux

International Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Day

May 30 • International Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Day

Celebrate the Cavalier King Charles spaniel, one of the sweetest dogs you’re ever going to meet. These dogs bred to be lapdogs have an affable nature with tons of personality.

Dog Holiday: International Cavalier Charles Spaniel Day


International Sheltie Day

June 1 • International Sheltie Day

Shelties are descended from the Rough Collie, and are originally from the Shetland Isles, which are also the home of the adorable Shetland pony.

These clever canines are extremely faithful. In fact, they were often referred to as shadows, because they stuck so close to their owners. 

Dog Holiday: International Sheltie Day

International Corgi Day

June 4 • International Corgi Day

International Corgi Day (ICD) is celebrated every year on June 4.

It was created to celebrate corgis and corgi-mixes around the world. International Corgi Day was founded by the four Crew Leaders of the Omaha Corgi Crew in the fall of 2019 and was first celebrated on June 4, 2020.

On this day you can get involved in a fundraising event and post about corgis and ICD on social media.

Dog Holiday: International Corgi Day

Best Friends Day

June 8 • Best Friends Day

Today is the day to honor your best friend. For many of us, that’s our fur friend who gives us unconditional love.

Spend the day making memories!


Dog Holiday: Best Friends Day

Jerky Day

June 12 • Jerky Day

National Jerky Day on June 12th each year celebrates the rich history, immense popularity, and nutritional benefits of dried meat snacks. This nutrient-dense meat is made lightweight by drying.

A day to celebrate with a treat for both humans and dogs.

Dog Holiday: Jerky Day

Ugliest Dog Day

June 20 • Ugliest Dog Day 

We think every dog is a beauty in its own way.

This dog holiday coincides with the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest held in Petaluma, California as part of the Sonoma-Marin Fair.

Dog Holiday: Ugliest Dog Day

National Dog Party Day

June 21 • National Dog Party Day

Pet Health & Safety Coach, Arden Moore, is a big believer in the power of play. This is why Moore created “National Dog Party Day” beginning in 2011.

Throw a dog party inviting both two-legged and four-pawed friends.

Dog Holiday: National Dog Party Day

National Dachschund Day

June 21 • National Dachshund Day

Always held on the summer solstice, this day celebrates these long dogs on the longest day of the year.

Celebrate the long, lovable pups–often known as Hot dogs, sausage dogs, Weiner dogs, or Doxies!

Dog Holiday: National Dachshund Day

Take Your Dog to Work Day®

June 23* • Take Your Dog to Work Day®.

(Friday after Father’s Day)

Recognized for the first time in 1999, National Take Your Dog to Work Day celebrates our immense love for dogs.

Adoration of man’s best friend wasn’t the only reason Pet Sitters International (PSI) suggested the holiday.

National Take Your Dog to Work Day is also intended to cleverly promote pet adoptions.

Through these work events, non-pet owners witness the special bond their co-workers have with their pets and, hopefully, find themselves swayed to adopt a new best friend of their own.

Dog Holiday: Take your Dog to Work Day

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