Dog Holidays 2023: A complete list of dog related holidays & observances

Dog Holidays 2023: A complete list of dog related holidays & observances

Dog Holidays 2023: A complete list of dog related holidays & observances

Happy New Year!

I hope you and your dog had a great 2022!  A new year brings with it new opportunities to celebrate all things dogs.  I’ve put together a list of dog holidays and observances for 2023.  Whereas some are literally just an excuse to spoil your dog (e.g. Spoil your Dog Day), others are to help keep your dog safe and healthy, or raise awareness for dogs less fortunate than yours. 

Don’t forget to pin this post or add the dates to your calendar so you don’t miss any! 


Jan 2: National Pet Travel Safety Day

Jan 14: National Dress Up your Pet Day

Jan 24: Change a Pet’s Life Day

Month long observances

National Train your Dog Month

Walk your Dog Month



Feb 14: Pet Theft Awareness Day

Feb 20: Love your Pet Day

Feb 22: National Walk your Dog Day

Feb 23: International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day

Feb 28: World Spay Day

Month long observances

Pet Dental Health Month

Spay/Neuter Awareness Month



Mar 23: National Puppy Day

Mar 30: Take a Walk in the Park Day

 Week long observances

Mar 19-25: National Poison Prevention Week

 Month long observances

Poison Prevention Awareness Month



Apr 8: National Dog Fighting Awareness Day

Apr 10: National Hug your Dog Day

Apr 11: National Pet Day & Dog Therapy Appreciation Day

Apr 23: National Lost Dog Awareness Day

Apr 25: ANZAC Day (celebrating dogs of war) 

Apr 26: International Guide Dog Day

Week long observances

Apr 1-7: International Pooper Scooper Week

Apr 17-23: Pet ID Week

Month long observances

Heartworm Awareness Month

Pet First Aid Awareness Month

Canine Fitness Month



May 1: National Purebred Dog Day

May 7: Mayday for Mutts

May 13: Dog Mums Day

May 20: National Rescue Dog Day 

Week long observances

May 1-7: Dog Anxiety Awareness Week

Month long observances

Chip your Pet Month



Jun 21: National Dog Party Day

Jun 23: Take your Dog to Work Day 

Month long observances

Foster a Pet Month

Pet Preparedness Month



Jul 1: ID your Pet Day

Jul 26: National Dog Photography Day 

Month long observances

National Lost Pet Prevention Month

Pet Hydration Awareness Month



Aug 1: DOGust – Universal birthday for shelter dogs

Aug 10: Spoil your Dog Day

Aug 15: Check the Chip Day

Aug 23: International Blind Dog Day

Aug 26: International Dog Day 

Month long observances

Rawgust - raw feeding month



Sep 8: National Dog Walker Appreciation Day

Sep 10: National Hug your Hound Day

Sep 16: Puppy Mill Awareness Day

Sep 23: Dogs in Politics Day

Week long observances

Sep 18-24: Adopt a Less-adoptable Pet Week

Sep 24-30: Deaf Pet Awareness Week

Month long observances

Animal Pain Awareness Month

National Service Dog Month



Oct 1: National Black Dog Day

Oct 11: Pet Obesity Awareness Day

Oct 28: Pit Bull Awareness Day

Week long observances

Oct 1-7: Walk your Dog Week

Month long observances

National Pet Wellness Month

Pit Bull Awareness Month



Nov 1: National Cook for your Pets Day 

Week long observances

Nov 5-11: Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week 

Month long observances

Adopt a Senior Pet Month

Pet Cancer Awareness Month



Dec 9: International Day of Veterinary Medicine

Dec 10: International Animal Rights Day


Which holidays will you be celebrating this year? Let me know if I’ve missed any in the comments.


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