Dog Holidays: Summer ~ July • August • September

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Summertime and it's time for some more Dog Holidays including the big one - National Dog Day! Check out these summer dog holidays to celebrate your canine!


ID your Pet Day

July 1 • National ID Your Pet Day

National ID Your Pet Day, which serves as an annual check-in to make sure your pets’ identification information is up to date.

Identification can be a lifesaver for a lost pet. It’s a good idea for all your animal companions—even indoor-only pets—to always wear a collar with an ID tag that includes your name, current phone number and any relevant contact information.

If you’ve chosen to microchip your pet as a means of permanent identification, keep in mind that microchips are only as good as the information provided to the chip’s company.

If you’ve moved or changed your phone number since registering your pet’s chip, be sure to submit an update as soon as possible.

Dog Holiday: ID your Pet Day

All-American Pet Photo Day

July 11 • All-American Pet Photo Day

A day dedicated to showing off our lovable fur friends.

Grab your camera and post your favorite canine photo.

Dog Holiday: All American Pet Photo Day

National Mutt Day

July 31 • National Mutt Day

National Mutt Day encourages the adoption of mixed-breed dogs from shelters. 80% of dogs in shelters are mixed breeds.

National Mutt Day, also known as National Mixed Breed Dog Day, was created in 2005 by Celebrity Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige.


Dog Holiday: National Mutt Day


DOGust - Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs

August 1 • DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs. 

The North Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization, declared August 1 as a birthday for all the shelter animals whose birthdays are unknown.

Happy DOGust!!

Dog Holiday: Dogust

Assistance Dog Day

August 4 • Assistance Dog Day

Assistance Dog Day recognises and honours assistance dogs and their trainers, and aims to raise funds and increase awareness of the work they do.

Dog Holiday: Assistance Dog Day

Work like a Dog Day

August 5 • Work Like a Dog Day

Work Like a Dog Day honors people who put in that extra bit of hard work.

The day is inspired by the reputed strong work ethic of canines including farm dogs and service dogs.

Dog Holiday: Work like a Dog Day

National Spoil Your Dog Day

August 10 • National Spoil Your Dog Day

Every day is spoil your dog day for us, but on this day, we take extra care to take a long walk, belly rubs and a new toy.

Your lovable pups deserves it for being your emotional support dog and best friend unconditionally.

Dog Holiday: National Spoil your Dog Day

National Lazy Day

August 10 • National Lazy Day

Do it. Or not do it. It’s National Lazy Day for humans and pets.

Take a break from your daily chores and work and spend the day doing absolutely nothing.

It is the perfect day for naps… just like your dog.

Dog Holiday: National Lazy Day

Give a Dog a Bone Week

August 10-16 • Give a Dog a Bone Week

This annual event is a national effort to raise awareness and to help local communities across the U.S raise donations of pet food and supplies for pets of the homeless population.

Dog Holiday: National Give a Dog a Bone Week

National Check the Chip Day

August 15 • National Check the Chip Day

Microchips greatly increase the chances that pets will be reunited with their families if they are lost or stolen…but a microchip only works if its registration information is accurate.

To remind pet owners to have their pets microchipped and to keep the registration information up-to-date, AVMA and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) joined together to create Check the Chip Day.

Dog Holiday: National Check the Chip Day

Saint Roch's Day

August 16 • Saint Roch’s Day

St. Roch is the Patron Saint of Dogs

Roch was a French nobleman who renounced his title, lands, and wealth and went on a pilgrimage to Rome.

En route, he contracted a deadly virus and went into the forest to die.

A dog, who Roch believed was a gift from God, would bring him bread every day and lick his wounds until he made a full recovery.


Dog Holiday: Saint Roch's Day

International Blind Dog Day

August 23 • International Blind Dog Day

International Blind Dog Day is an event that brings together the owners of blind dogs from across the world, to celebrate the amazing things that blind dogs can do.

Dog Holiday: International Blind Dog Day

National Dog Day

August 26 • National Dog Day

Founded in 2004 by Animal Welfare Advocate and Pet Lifestyle Expert,
Colleen Paige, National Dog Day celebrates all breeds, mixed and pure, and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, either from public shelters, rescues, and pure breed rescues.

National Dog Day honors family dogs and dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort.

Dog Holiday: National Dog Day

National Holistic Pet Day

August 30 • National Holistic Pet Day

National Holistic Pet Day is a chance to consider our pet’s whole health – from nutrition, exercise, and mental stimulation to avoid health issues.

Dog Holiday: National Holistic Pet Day


National Pet Insurance Month

September • National Pet Insurance Month

September is widely celebrated as National Pet Health Insurance Month by veterinarians, shelters & rescues, pet owners and insurance companies in both Canada and the USA.

Pet insurance is coverage designed to provide pet owners like you with financial protection against expensive medical costs. By helping you deal with the cost of care, pet insurance can put you in a better position to make decisions about your pet’s medical needs without putting cost first.

Dog Holiday: National Pet Insurance Month

Boykin Spaniel Day

September 1 • Boykin Spaniel Day

A South Carolina observance honoring the official South Carolina state dog.

Governor Richard W. Riley proclaimed September 1, 1984, the first day of dove hunting season, as Boykin Spaniel Day

Dog Holiday: Boykin Spaniel Day

National Dog Walker Appreciation Day

September 8 •  National Dog Walker Appreciation Day 

Founded in 2016 by Wag!, this day recognizes the work of professional dog walkers who walk millions of miles each day, exercising and entertaining mankind’s furry, four-legged friends. 

A little extra gratitude today for those that walk our dogs when we can’t.

Dog Holiday: National Dog Walker Appreciation Day

National Pet Memorial Day

September 12* • National Pet Memorial Day

(Second Sunday in September)

Pet owners across the country remember their beloved pets who have passed on. A great day to think back to your favorite pets and honor their memory.

Established by the International Association Of Pet Cemeteries & Crematories (IAOPCC). 

Dog Holiday: National Pet Memorial Day

National Hug your Hound Day

September 12* • National Hug Your Hound Day.

(Second Sunday in September)

Hug Your Hound Day was created by a canine behaviorist with the goal to observe your dog from his point of view.

Investigate his environment and habits. You may discover some hazards as you roam around the house or yard. For example, you might find broken chew toys that have become choking risks. Perhaps your fur baby leads you to realize he has access to toxic chemicals, toxic plants, or holes in the fencing.

Not only will your pup enjoy the companionship, but he will also be safer for all your exploring, too.


Dog Holiday: National Hug Your Hound Day

Responsible Dog Ownership Day

September 18* • Responsible Dog Ownership Day.

Third Saturday in September.

Responsible Dog Ownership Day reminds pet owners to make a promise to your furever friend. The observance encourages current and future pet owners to commit to being responsible for their loyal hound.

The pawsabilities for excellent pet care include:

  • veterinary care
  • training
  • grooming
  • exercise
  • proper disposal of waste
  • identifying household risks and dangers
  • acceptable socialization
  • registration according to local and state ordinances
Dog Holiday: Responsible Dog Ownership Day

World's Largest Pet Walk

September 25 • World’s Largest Pet Walk

Sponsored by Pet Partners, this event is for everyone who wants to enjoy the health benefits of being active with pets

Walk at any time and in any location on this holiday.  


Dog Holiday: World Largest Pet Walk

Old Yeller Day

September 25 • Old Yeller Day

Author Fred Gipson’s hometown of Mason, Texas celebrates the famous tale on the last Saturday of September.

The event, called, “Old Yeller Days” includes historical re-enactments, arts and crafts, demonstrations, and even a costume contest where children dress up like the famed characters from the book and parade around town, honoring the legacy of Mason’s famous citizen

Dog Holiday: Old Yeller Day

World Rabies Day

September 28 • World Rabies Day

World Rabies Day raises awareness about rabies prevention and highlight progress in defeating this horrifying disease.

September 28th marks the anniversary of Louis Pasteur’s death, the French chemist and microbiologist, who developed the first rabies vaccine.

This day is sponsored by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control.

Dog Holiday: World Rabies Day

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