Year 2020: National Dog Holidays

January 21, 2020 3 min read

Dog with a birthday hatAs dog lovers, we celebrate our dogs every single day, but these National Dog Holidays give us a reason to celebrate a little extra! From Health Awareness Days to Breed Appreciation Days and even Bring Your Dog To Work Day, every month has something special to ensure the celebration of our best friends. Here we have compiled a list of all the National Dog Holidays from January to December of 2020 so you and your fur baby never miss out on an opportunity to paw-ty!

Dog Holidays For January 2020

Walk Your Pet Month
Unchain a Dog Month
National Train Your Dog Month
Jan. 2: National Pet Travel Safety Day
Jan. 14: National Dress Up Your Pet Day
Jan. 24: Change a Pet’s Life Day

Dog Holidays For February 2020

 Pet Dental Health Month
Dog Training Education Month
Responsible Pet Owners Month
National Prevent a Litter Month
Spay/Neuter Awareness Month (“Beat the Heat” month)
Feb. 7–14: Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week
Feb. 14: Pet Theft Awareness Day
Feb. 20: Love Your Pet Day
Feb. 22: National Walk Your Dog Day
Feb. 23–29: National Justice for Animals Week
Feb. 25: Spay Day USA/World Spay Day

Dog Holidays For March 2020

Poison Prevention Awareness Month
March 3: If Pets Had Thumbs Day
March 9–13: Professional Pet Sitters Week
March 13: K-9 Veterans Day
March 16–22: National Poison Prevention Week
March 23: National Puppy Day
March 30: Take a Walk in the Park Day

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Dog Holidays For April 2020

Heartworm Awareness Month
National Adopt a Greyhound Month
National Pet First Aid Awareness Month
Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
April 1–7: International Pooper Scooper Week
April 1-7: National Raw Feeding Week
April 4: Every Day Is Tag Day
April 6-10: National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week; 
April 6-10: National Dog Bite Prevention Week
April 8: National Dog Fighting Awareness Day
April 10: National Hug Your Dog Day
April 11: National Pet Day; Dog Therapy Appreciation Day
April 17-23: National Pet ID Week
April 17-23: Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week
April 18: Pet Owners Independence Day
April 21: Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day
April 22: Earth Day
April 23: National Lost Dog Awareness Day
April 25: International Guide Dog Day
April 26: National Kids and Pets Day
April 27: World Veterinary Day
April 28: National Pet Parents Day
April 30: Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
April 30: National Therapy Animal Day

Dog Holidays For May 2020

Chip Your Pet Month
Pet Cancer Awareness Month (AKC)
National Pet Month (U.S.)
Responsible Animal Guardian Month
National Service Dog Eye Examination Month
Responsible Animal Guardian Month
Lyme Disease Prevention Month
May 1: National Purebred Dog Day
May 3: Mayday for Mutts
May 3: National Specially-abled Pets Day
May 3–9: National Pet Week; Be Kind to Animals Week
May 4–10: Puppy Mill Action Week
May 11: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day
May 14: International Chihuahua Appreciation Day

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Dog Holidays For June 2020

National Pet Preparedness Month
National Microchipping Month
June 1–7: Pet Appreciation Week
June 8: National Best Friends Day
June 9: World Pet Memorial Day
June 19–25: Animal Rights Awareness Week
June 21: Dog Party Day
June 22–28: Take Your Pet to Work Week
June 26: Take Your Dog to Work Day

Dog Holidays For July 2020

Dog House Repair Month
National Lost Pet Prevention Month
National Pet Hydration Awareness Month
July 1: ID Your Pet Day
July 4: Independence Day
July 5: Pet Remembrance Day
July 11: All-American Pet Photo Day
July 15: National Pet Fire Safety Day
July 21: National Craft for Your Local Shelters Day
July 21: No Pet Store Puppies Day
July 31: National Mutt Day

Dog Holidays For August 2020

National Immunization Awareness Month
Aug. 1: DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs
Aug. 2–8: International Assistance Dog Week
Aug. 5: Work Like a Dog Day
Aug. 10: Spoil Your Dog Day
Aug. 15: National Check the Chip Day
Aug. 17: International Homeless Animals Day
Aug. 26: National Dog Day
Aug. 28: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
Aug. 30: National Holistic Pet Day

Dog Holidays For September 2020

Guide/Service Dogs Month
National Pet Insurance Month
Animal Pain Awareness Month
Responsible Dog Ownership Month
Pet Sitter Education Month
Sept. 13: National Pet Memorial Day; 
Sept. 13: National Hug Your Hound Day
Sept. 19: Puppy Mill Awareness Day
Sept. 19: Responsible Dog Ownership Day
Sept. 20–26: National Dog Week; Deaf Pet Awareness Week
Sept. 21–27: Adopt a Less-Adoptable Pet Week
Sept. 23: Dogs in Politics Day (Checkers Day)
Sept. 24: Remember Me Thursday
Sept. 28: World Rabies Day
Sept. 28: World’s Largest Pet Walk

Dog Holidays For October 2020

National Animal Safety and Protection Month
Adopt a Dog Month (AH)
Adopt a Shelter Dog Month (ASPCA)
National Pet Wellness Month
National Pit Bull Awareness Month
Oct. 1: National Fire Pup Day
Oct. 1: National Black Dog Day
Oct. 1–6: National Walk Your Dog Week
Oct. 4: World Animal Day; World Pets Day
Oct. 9: Pet Obesity Awareness Day
Oct. 26: National Pit Bull Awareness Day
Oct. 31: Halloween

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Dog Holidays For November 2020

Pet Diabetes Month

National Senior Pet Month
Adopt a Senior Pet Month
Pet Cancer Awareness Month (AVMA)
Nov. 1: National Cook for Your Pets Day
Nov. 2–6: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week
Nov. 7: National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day
Nov. 17: National Take a Hike Day

Dog Holidays For December 2020

Dec. 2: National Mutt Day (again)

Dec. 5 Celebrate Shelter Pets Day

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