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2022 Dog Holidays To Celebrate With Your Furry Best Friend All Year Long

The Ultimate List of 2022 Dog Related Holidays to Share and Celebrate with Your Furry Best Friend.

We all love to include our dogs in major holidays like Christmas, but there’s no need for us to stop celebrating with our precious pups during the rest of the year. Here’s a list of all the dog and dog-related holiday observances throughout the year ranging from funny celebrations like Doggie Date Night and Ugliest Dog Day to observances for raising public consciousness such as Puppy Mill Awareness Day and Spay/Neuter Awareness Month. While you certainly don’t have to have a specific excuse for spoiling your pooch, these annual pet holiday celebrations provide us all with a good excuse to celebrate our dogs’ special occasions in 2022.

woman in black jacket sitting beside brown dog on rock near body of water during daytime
January is Unchain a Dog Month | Photo by Jamie Street | Unsplash

January

Set goals and resolutions for both you and your doggie plus ring in the New Year in January.

Month Long Observances:

  • National Train Your Dog Month
  • Walk Your Dog Month
  • Unchain a Dog Month

Holidays:

  • Jan. 2: National Pet Travel Safety Day
  • Jan. 14: National Dress Up Your Pet Day
  • Jan. 24: Change a Pet’s Life Day
  • Jan. 29: Seeing Eye Guide Dog Anniversary
Celebrate Valentine's Day with your puppy
Celebrate Valentine’s and Responsible Pet Owners Month in February | Photo by anncapictures | Pixabay

February

We’re going to celebrate Valentine’s Day by giving our dogs some extra attention, but we’ll also be celebrating other pet-related holidays throughout the month of February.

Month Long Observances:

  • Dog Training Education Month
  • Pet Dental Health Month
  • Responsible Pet Owners Month
  • Spay/Neuter Awareness Month

Holidays:

  • Feb. 3: National Golden Retriever Day
  • Feb. 3: Doggy Date Night
  • Feb. 14: Pet Theft Awareness Day
  • Feb. 19: International Tug of War Day
  • Feb. 20: National Love Your Pet Day
  • Feb. 22: National Walking the Dog Day
  • Feb. 22: World Spay Day
  • Feb. 23: International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
Closeup Photography of White Long Coated Puppy
March 23 is National Puppy Day | Photo by Caio | Pexels

March

The only one to love peanut butter more than me is my puppy dogs!

Month Long Observances:

  • National Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month

Week Long Events:

  • March 6-12: National Professional Pet Sitters Week

Holidays:

  • March 1: National Peanut Butter Lovers Day
  • March 3: National If Pets Had Thumbs Day
  • March 13: National K9 Veterans Day
  • March 23: National Puppy Day
person kissing head of short-coated brown dog
April is National Adopt a Greyhound Month | Photo by Juan Gomez | Unsplash

April

Don’t play any April Fools jokes on your pets. They’re too cute! Instead, celebrate one of these four pet-friendly holidays in March.

Month Long Observances:

  • Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
  • National Pet First Aid Awareness Month
  • National Heartworm Awareness Month
  • Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month
  • Active Dog Month
  • Canine Fitness Month.
  • National Adopt a Greyhound Month.  

Week Long Events:

  • April 3-9: International Pooper Scooper Week
  • April 10:16: Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week
  • April 17-23: National Pet ID Week

Holidays:

  • April 8: National Dog Fighting Awareness Day
  • April 10: National Hug Your Dog Day
  • April 11: National Pet Day
  • April 21: National Bulldogs are Beautiful Day
  • April 23: World Veterinary Day
  • April 24: National Pet Parents Day
  • April 27: International Guide Dog Day
  • April 28: National Kids and Pets Day
  • April 30: National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day
  • April 30: National Therapy Animal Day
National Rescue Dog Day
May 20 is National Rescue Dog Day | Photo by Alexas_Fotos | Pixabay

May

May means extra love for dogs of every kind: Chihuahuas, purebreds, mutt breeds, special needs dogs, and even rescue dogs.

Month Long Observances:

  • National Pet Month
  • Chip Your Pet Month
  • National Service Animal Eye Exam. The American College of Veterinary Optholmologists hosts this annual event when over 300 veterinary ophthalmologists donate their services to provide eye exams to service dogs in the US and Canada during the month of May.
  • Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Sponsored by Pet Cancer Awareness and the Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research. (Also see November events.)  

Week Long Events:

  • May 1-7: Be Kind to Animals Week
  • May 1-7: Puppy Mill Action Week
  • May 1-7: National Pet Week

Holidays:

  • May 1: National Purebred Dog Day
  • May 1: Mayday for Mutts
  • May 3: Specially-abled Pets Day
  • May 8: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day
  • May 14: National Dog Mom Day
  • May 14: International Chihuahua Appreciation Day
  • May 20: National Rescue Dog Day
June 4 is International Corgi Day

June

Make sure your pooch is ready and prepared to hit the town and celebrate all the holidays June has to offer.

Month Long Observances:

  • National Pet Preparedness Month

Week Long Events:

  • June 5-11: Pet Appreciation Week

Holidays:

  • June 4: International Corgi Day
  • June 14: World Pet Memorial Day
  • June 20: Ugliest Dog Day
  • June 24: Take Your Dog to Work Day
Photography of Three Dogs Looking Up
July 17 – 23 is National Feed a Rescue Pet Week | Photo by Nancy Guth | Pexels

July

Many pet-themed holiday celebrations in July focus on raising public awareness for animals who get frightened by fireworks. So as you prepare to celebrate Independence Day, don’t neglect to take care of your dog’s safety during the festivities.

Month Long Observances:

  • Dog House Repair Month
  • National Lost Pet Prevention Month™. Learn how to keep your pets from becoming lost in this month-long observance launched by PetHub.
  • National Pet Hydration Awareness Month.

Week Long Events:

  • July 17-23: National Feed a Rescue Pet Week

Holidays:

  • July 1: ID Your Pet Day
  • July 11: All-American Pet Photo Day
  • July 15: National Pet Fire Safety Day
  • July 31: National Mutt Day
adult black and white Siberian husky beside short-coated brown dog
August is National Dog Month | Photo by Karl Anderson | Pixabay

August

While August may not be a busy month for most humans’ holidays, it’s packed with celebrations for our pups—especially their favorite day, National Dog Day!

Month Long Observances:

  • National Dog Month. Launched in 2020, this observation held during the dog days of summer celebrates all the special joys of dogs.
  • National Immunization Awareness Month
  • Itchy Pet Awareness Month. Founded by Zoetis, this awareness month brings awareness to allergic skin diseases.
  • Rawgust. Celebration of raw feeding for pets for the month of August.  

Week Long Events:

  • Aug. 7-13: International Assistance Dog Week

Holidays:

  • Aug. 1: Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs
  • Aug. 4: Work Like a Dog Day
  • Aug. 10: National Spoil Your Dog Day
  • Aug. 15: National Check the Chip Day
  • Aug. 20: International Homeless Animals Day
  • Aug. 26: National Dog Day
  • Aug. 28: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
  • Aug. 30: National Holistic Pet Day
woman in white and black stripe shirt hugging brown short coated dog
September 11 is National Hug Your Hound Day | Photo by Helena Lopes | Unsplash

September

Make the most of summer’s warm nights and celebrate them with your pets by going for walks outdoors.

Month Long Observances:

  • National Pet Insurance Month
  • National Guide/Service Dog Month
  • National Pet Memorial Month
  • Pet Sitter Education Month
  • Responsible Dog Ownership Month
  • Animal Pain Awareness Month

Holidays:

  • Sept. 8: National Dog Walker Appreciation Day
  • Sept. 11: National Pet Memorial Day
  • Sept. 11: National Hug Your Hound Day
  • Sept. 17: Puppy Mill Awareness Day
  • Sept. 17: Responsible Dog Ownership Day
  • Sept. 23: National Dogs in Politics Day
  • Sept. 23: Remember Me Thursday. Remember Me Thursday is a campaign aimed at uniting individuals and pet adoption organizations around the world to be an unstoppable, integrated voice for orphan pets in need of forever homes.
  • Sept. 28: World Rabies Day
keep all fall decorations away from your pets
Enjoy Halloween and Adopt A Dog Month in October

October

October is the perfect time to adopt a new dog and find it the most awesome Halloween costume to wear.

Month Long Observances:

  • Adopt A Shelter Dog Month
  • Adopt A Dog Month
  • National Pet Wellness Month
  • National Animal Safety and Protection Month
  • National Pit Bull Awareness Month

Week Long Events:

  • Oct. 2-8: National Walk Your Dog Week

Holidays:

  • Oct. 1: National Fire Pup Day
  • Oct. 1: National Black Dog Day
  • Oct. 4: World Animal Day
  • Oct. 12: National Pet Obesity Awareness Day
  • Oct. 15: National Fetch Day
  • Oct. 21: National Pets for Veterans Day
  • Oct. 22: Make a Dog’s Day
  • Oct. 29: National Pit Bull Awareness Day
brown and black german shepherd on green grass field during daytime
Celebrate National Adopt A Senior Pet Month in November | Photo by Kanashi | Unsplash

November

As you prepare for Thanksgiving celebrations throughout the month, remember that your pet’s health comes first, and don’t feed them any toxic treats.

Month Long Observances:

  • National Adopt a Senior Pet Month
  • National Prevent a Litter Month
  • National Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Sponsored by Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) and the Animal Cancer Foundation. (Also see May events.)
  • Pet Diabetes Month.

Week Long Events:

  • Nov. 6-12: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week
Christmas holiday dogs
Enjoy the holidays with your dogs in December | Photo by Seaq68 | Pixabay

December

There aren’t many dog-specific holidays in December; therefore, include your dog in all the other family fun activities happening throughout the month.

Holidays:

  • Dec. 1:National Twin With Your Dog Day. Created in the UK by Leo Charley & Me, this day encourages dog owners to match their outfits to their dogs! #twinwithyourdogday
  • Dec. 9: International Day of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dec. 10: International Animal Rights Day
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