Best Dog Holidays To Celebrate This Year

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As pet owners we look for any excuse to celebrate our beloved furbabies. If possible, we’d be more than happy to celebrate them every day.

The number of pet related holidays nowadays is so astounding that you may have missed some of them. Or, it’s possible that you don’t even know about them at all.

Don’t worry though, we have compiled a list of some of the best pet and dog holidays you can celebrate throughout the year. Check them out.

Pet Holidays in July 2022

July 4th is one of the scariest holidays for our pets. All the loud fireworks create an uneasy feeling, and sometimes anxiety for our pets. 

Fortunately, there are also a lot of pet holidays in July to make up for this.

July Pet Holidays

National Lost Pet Prevention Month

American Humane estimates that around 10 million pets are lost each year. Many of which end up in shelters and never find their way home again.

Lost Pet Prevention Month lasts all throughout July as a way to raise awareness about lost pets and what we can do to prevent our pets getting lost in the first place.

You can prevent your pets from getting lost by:

  • Keeping them inside during storms and fireworks.
  • Making sure your home is fully pet-proof.
  • Ensuring your yard is fully enclosed.
  • Keeping them on a leash when outside your home.

You should also microchip them, register them with your local authorities, and get them a personalized ID tag with their name, your phone number, or the microchip ID on it so your pet can easily be returned to you if they do go missing.

You can also find plenty of additional resources for Lost Pet Prevention Month at PetHub.

National Pet Hydration Awareness Month

For many in the Northern Hemisphere, July is one of the hottest summer months. We need to remember our furbabies in hotter weather and keep them cool and hydrated.

All throughout July, we celebrate National Pet Hydration Awareness Month to bring awareness to our pets needs during hotter weather.

Just like with us, dehydration poses significant health risks for our pets, and we should pay particular attention to their hydration needs when it’s hot out.

Prevent your pets from getting dehydrated by giving them access to fresh, clean water at all times. 

Check their water bowl regularly throughout the day and make sure it is clean and full. And ensure they are sheltered from the hot sun. 

Look out for signs of dehydration, like panting, dry nose, sunken eyes, and lethargy. If you see any of these signs make sure you get your dog out of the heat and hydrate them. 

Seek medical help if your dog’s symptoms don’t improve after giving them fresh water.

Find out how long dogs can live without water.

Dog House Repair Month

Another pet holiday that’s celebrated all throughout July is Dog House Repair Month. It is the perfect month to check if your dog’s house is still in top-notch condition.

And if it isn’t, it’s time to get those tools out, and make any necessary upgrades and repairs. Remember, summertime can be tough for our pets so they need adequate shelter at all times.

If your dog lives outdoors, then you must make sure that their dog house can give them safe, comfortable, and cool housing to shelter from the heat. 

Learn more about how dog houses keep your dog cool in summer.

All-American Pet Photo Day – July 11th

If you ever need a reason to flex your furbabies’ adorable photos online, July 11th is the perfect day. It’s a day solely dedicated to showing our appreciation for our adorable pets. 

There are plenty of ways you can celebrate this holiday with your dog, including dressing them up for a photoshoot, creating a collage of photos, or videoing them doing something adorable.

Share a photo of your furbaby on our Facebook page.

National Pet Fire Safety Day – July 15th

Every year, home fires affect around 500,000 pets in the United States alone. 

As a result, “National Pet Fire Safety Day” has been established by The American Kennel Club and ADT Security Services. 

It is a holiday to raise awareness of the risks our furry family members may face when left alone at home and to teach pets about these concerns. 

To safeguard the safety of your pets, you should educate yourself with the necessary preventative measures and have a fire safety plan in place that includes your pets.

Learn how to keep your pets safe from home fires with the tips in this video. 

No Pet Store Puppies Day – July 21st

Puppy mills are a concern all around the world. especially because they threaten animal abuse. 

No Pet Store Puppies Day is observed to spread awareness of what occurs in puppy mills and to educate people to adopt a pet instead of purchasing from pet stores that sell puppies from these places.

Best Friends Animal Society needs your help to reach their “No Kill 2025” goal. Learn how you can be a part of it by helping Best Friends any way you can.

National Feed a Rescue Pet Week – July 27th to August 3rd

As we all know, most animal shelters and rescue centers rely on donations to help cover their expenses. And one of their greatest expenses is pet food. 

Started by Greater Good Charities, July 27th to August 3rd of every year is dedicated to celebrating National Feed a Rescue Pet Week. 

It helps raise awareness for the countless animal rescue shelters that are in need of donations so they can help as many pets as possible.

To celebrate this week you can give to Greater Good to help their cause, or you can find a way to donate food or money to your local shelter.

Here are some of the best dog charities you can help.

National Mutt Day – July 31st

Last but not least, we honor our lovely Mutts at the end of every July. Our mixed-breed pups are honored on National Mutt Day.

The Celebrity Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige, developed this holiday, which was first observed in 2005.

Every year on July 31st and on December 2nd, National Mutt Day is observed. It’s a wonderful occasion for us to honor mixed-breed canines.

Due to puppy mill over-breeding, mutts are typically the dogs that are most often abandoned and put to death. 

The public’s desire for designer dogs and purebred puppies, which are typically offered in pet stores, is another factor. 

As a result, these animals are often abandoned in shelters or even left on the streets to fend for themselves. Mutts also frequently end up in high-kill shelters where they are put to death.

National Mutt Day promotes awareness in an effort to stop such incidents.

So today, you can visit your local shelter and provide help, a small donation, or even adopt your own loveable Mutt to take home.

Also find out more about how mixed-breeds are healthier than purebreds.

Pet Holidays in August 2022

August is a month of tributes to shelter and homeless animals. There’s a reminder to get your dog microchipped. We also honor some of our favorite dog breeds in August.

August pet holidays

National Dog Month

A whole month just to celebrate our furbabies? Why not?

National Dog Month is an annual, month-long celebration of our dogs. It was founded by Milk-Bone in 2020 to help recognize all of the amazing things our dog’s do to make our lives more fun and meaningful. 

You can celebrate with your pup all month long. Shower them with extra love and treats, take them on outdoor adventures, and enjoy cooling off with a swim in the pool or at the beach.

Itchy Pet Awareness Month

It’s Itchy Pet Awareness Month for the whole of August.

This holiday was created to help promote good skin health for your pets. It also helps raise awareness to allergic skin diseases for our dogs so they can get the help they need. 

Here are some common signs and symptoms of allergic itch for our furbabies that you should look out for:

  • licking, scratching, and biting frequently
  • excessive hair loss
  • excessive rolling, rubbing or scooting
  • smelly body odor
  • rashes
  • skin redness
  • greasy skin or scabs
  • and recurrent ear problems.

If you notice any of these symptoms frequently, be sure to visit your vet.

To learn more about Itchy Pet Awareness Month and how you can do your part.


Another month-long observance this month is Rawgust. This holiday started in 2010, when an unsung celebrity called for a campaign to show the importance of avoiding processed food.

This is not just for pets, but for us humans as well. 

It brings awareness to how much processed food we consume, and the dangers to our overall health. It also helps us gradually transition to organic whole foods which are healthier for us and our pets. 

Watch this video below to know more about a healthy, raw diet for your furbabies.

Clear the Shelters Month

August is also Clear the Shelters Month. Clear The Shelters started in 2015 as a pet adoption campaign that has helped more than half a million pets worldwide find new homes.

It is a joint effort between all animal shelters to raise awareness around pet adoption and clearing out the shelters. 

This helps shelter dogs find loving homes through pet adoption and donation campaigns.

You can do your part by advocating the holiday, fostering, adopting, or donating to your local shelters. 

Learn more about Clear the Shelters Month.

DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs – August 1st

DOGust 1st is a time to celebrate the adorable dogs in animal shelters in remembrance of the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption in 2008. 

Thanks to the North Shore Animal League America, this holiday inspires dog lovers to keep fighting for animal shelters worldwide. 

 If your pup is adopted and you don’t know when their official birthday is, you can celebrate your dog’s birthday on August 1st.

You can also help your local shelters by donating, volunteering, or donating a birthday cake for the pups.

DOGust 1st is also the birthday for all shelter dogs whose actual birthday we don’t know. 

Check out the list of shelters hosting a DOGust 1st adoption event.

Assistance Dog Day – August 4th

As part of International Assistance Dog Week (I.A.D.W. ), Assistance Dog Day honors the committed dogs that support people with disabilities. 

These doggos aid those with physical and mental disabilities by being a helper, best buddy, and family member. 

Marcie Davis started it in 2007 with her book, “Working Like Dogs: The Service Dog Guidebook.”

Marcie has been paralyzed for more than 35 years. And her book tells personal stories about her and her guide dog, and has plenty of checklists and useful tips.

The holiday raises awareness on how specially trained canines serve the community. The day also honors puppy owners and assistance dog trainers who help others. 

On this day, different festivities honor the amazing achievements of assistance dogs.

You can do your part by supporting your local assistance dog training center, and spreading awareness about these important organizations.

International Assistance Dog Week – August 7th – 13th

Assistance dogs improve the lives of many people with diseases and disabilities worldwide. So they deserve to be celebrated with a whole week of activities.

Many people raise funds and awareness during the week to help open more training facilities for assistance dogs. 

Learn how you can do your part by visiting their website at International Assistance Dog Week.

Work Like a Dog Day – August 5th

Work Like a Dog Day is celebrated every August 5th to honor those who – well, work like a dog. That means those who are putting an extra bit of hard work into what they do.

It’s a quirky holiday that was initially inspired by our furry little friends’ incredible work ethic – especially our service dogs.

Take a few minutes today to appreciate the hard workers, including yourself, who push forward and inspire others to do so.

Give A Dog A Bone Week – August 7th – 13th

Let your charitable spirit shine this week as we celebrate Give A Dog A Bone Week.

This incredible week-long pet holiday aims to feed stray animals, and the pets of homeless people too.

Give A Dog A Bone Week also works as a donation drive for pet food and finances. You can register here to participate.

You can also celebrate the holiday by doing the following:

  • Feeding strays in your area.
  • Donating to a nearby shelter.
  • Volunteering in your local community.
  • Calling a local shelter when you see a stray that needs to be rescued.
  • And even adopting a rescued dog!

Find out about what kind of bones are safe for dogs.

International Cat Day – August 8th

Are you a cat lover too? International Cat Day is on the 8th of August to celebrate one of our most common household pets. 

Before being domesticated, our furry felines were being worshiped as gods by some ancient cultures. 

Humans have forever been in awe of their adventurous, independent, and curious nature, making them popular pets in most countries.

Check out the best dog breeds for first-time dog owners with cats.

Snoopy’s Birthday – August 10th

Snoopy is one of the most iconic dog characters ever to exist. He first appeared in the comic strip, then became a TV and movie star.

The animated dog character can also be seen on different products, including children’s books, clothes, DVDs, and posters. 

Snoopy is so legendary that he’s considered more famous than Charlie Brown.

This quirky pet holiday was created to honor our favorite childhood cartoon dog, and maybe our furry best friends’ hero, too.

National Spoil Your Dog Day – August 10th

August 10 is also National Spoil Your Dog Day. What a great day to go the extra mile for your pooch. 

This holiday was created to encourage dog lovers to give a little something back to their dog. It’s also great to support small pet store businesses by buying their products.

Even if you show your dog lots of love daily, there’s always a way to step it up. It can be as simple as buying them a fun new interactive toy or taking them on a trip.

National Check the Chip Day – August 15th

National Check the Chip Day was founded by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association to remind pet owners to get their pets microchipped.

It’s also an important day to check if their registration is up to date. Make an appointment with your vet on this day to have your dog chipped or update their registration.

St. Roch’s Day – August 16th

Every year, we celebrate the patron saint of dogs, St. Roch on August 16. While it may not be the most-celebrated holiday all over the world, it is particularly revered throughout Italy.

Whether you’re religious or not, this day is still a great excuse to celebrate with your pet. You can do your part by following St. Roch’s generosity and helping animals in need.

International Homeless Animals’ Day – August 20th

While August 1 is for shelter dogs, August 20 is for all homeless animals worldwide. 

We devote this day to the brave creatures in the street who struggle to find shelter and food every day. It’s also a time to raise awareness about rescuing and adopting stray animals we see along the way.

On August 20, many people also light virtual candles to remember late cats and dogs who only ever found a home in our hearts. 

You can also celebrate by helping and supporting the Best Friends Animal Society reach their “No Kill by 2025” goal.

International Blind Dog Day – August 23rd

International Blind Dog Day was started by Instagram star Shammy and owner Sarah Horne to raise awareness for our blind furry friends.

The event brings together the owners of blind and partially blind dogs from all over the world. It’s a celebration of the amazing things our blind dogs can do. 

Check out #InternationalBlindDogDay on Instagram or visit their official website for more. 

National Dog Day – August 26th

As if we needed more reasons to celebrate our furbabies, there’s National Dog Day

Every year, on the 26th of August, we celebrate this holiday to bring attention to the predicament that dogs and other animals all over the world face on a daily basis.

It’s also celebrated to encourage more people to adopt, rather than shop for their next furry friend.

Originally, National Dog Day was founded by Colleen Paige in 2004. Colleen is an incredible human being, and someone we look up to.

She’s a Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert, Animal Rescue Advocate, Conservationist, Dog Trainer and Author, as well as the founder of a lot of different pet-related holidays. 

Colleen picked August 26th to be the National Dog Day because it is also the date when her family adopted her first dog, Sheltie, from a local animal shelter when she was just 10 years old.

In a way, it’s also a celebration of Sheltie, and all the dogs out there. The goal is to help raise awareness for the number of dogs that need to be rescued. 

Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day – August 28th

It goes without saying that losing a pet is one of the hardest situations any of us have to go through. 

This honorary pet holiday started when Mr. Jazz, Deborah Barnes’ cat, died on August 28, 2013. 

Deborah published “Purr Prints of the Heart – A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death and Beyond” about letting Mr. Jazz go.

After the book was published, readers gravitated towards the story. Deborah realized that her journey was mirrored by others and that a pet dying was an emotional time for so many. 

In honor of Mr. Jazz and all the readers who were touched by her book, Deborah created Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day for people to share stories and memories of lost pets. 

Since 2015, in honor of our furbabies who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge, we celebrate the Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day every 28th of August.

They may be gone, but their paw prints will forever be in our hearts. 

National Holistic Pet Day – August 30th

Every 30th of August, we celebrate the National Holistic Pet Day. 

Here at Dog Training Me, we believe that prevention is always better than cure. Which is why we highly support this pet holiday.

National Holistic Pet Day is celebrated to raise awareness and share valuable insights on how we can help our pets live a more wholesome and fulfilling life.

Each year, we learn about good nutrition for our pets, incredible new exercises for physical and mental stimulation, and how holistic medicine can help dogs.

It’s a cool holiday that reminds us to provide our pets with the same whole health approach as we do for our own mind, body and spirit. 

There’s Always A Reason To Celebrate Our Pets!

Holidays or not, there’s always a reason to celebrate our furbabies. 

While not all of these holidays are fun and cute, many of them do help to bring our awareness to important issues that affect the animals in our lives.

We hope that this list helps give you some more reasons to spend time and appreciate our furry little families even more.

And that some of these holidays inspire you to do what you can to care for and protect these pets that bring so much joy to our lives.

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