January Dog Events
National Train Your Dog Month
January 2023 marks National Train Your Dog Month!
This is a great opportunity to take some time to focus on training and strengthening the bond between you and your furry friend. During this month, it’s important to remember that even the most experienced dog owners can benefit from a refresher course in training fundamentals.
National Train Your Dog Month helps bring awareness to the importance of training and provides helpful resources for all dog owners.
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Training is incredibly important for your pup’s development, not just physically but mentally, too. Through training, dogs can learn how to interact with the world around them in a positive way, and can even help combat behavior problems that can arise from lack of proper training. Additionally, it helps build the bond between you and your pup, as they learn to trust and respect you, and you learn to communicate with them in a healthy, positive way.
During National Train Your Dog Month, consider looking into group dog training classes, or even one-on-one sessions with a trainer. This is a great way to learn how to properly train your pup and get the guidance needed to work through any issues that come up. Additionally, you can look into online or at-home resources that can help you with training basics.
No matter what kind of training you decide to pursue, it’s important to use positive reinforcement and reward your pup for their good behavior. This will help reinforce the desired behaviors and create a more positive learning environment for your pup.
At the end of the day, National Train Your Dog Month is all about setting your pup up for success and strengthening the bond between the two of you. So, take the opportunity to focus on training your pup and enjoy the journey!
National Walk Your Pet Month
How it All Began: The Story Behind Walk Your Dog Month
Walk Your Dog Month is a perfect time to blend exercise with bonding time for you and your pup. The Association of Pet Obesity Prevention released a clinical study in 2017, stating that 56% of dogs in the United States are obese. That equates to over 50 million dogs across the country.
A statement declared that “The number of pets with clinical obesity continues to increase. Clinical obesity results in more secondary conditions such as arthritis, high blood pressure, kidney disease, and certain forms of cancer. Pets with obesity also have reduced quality of life and shorter life expectancy.”
Regular walks and exercise can help control your dog’s weight and limit the chances of them becoming obese. January may seem like a cold month to be placing emphasis on dog walking, but that’s why it is the right time to do it. Your dog needs walking all year round and if you can do it in January then you can do it all the time.
Walk Your Dog Month is a wonderful opportunity to combine exercise and quality time with your furry companion. Unfortunately, according to a 2017 clinical study from the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention, 56% of dogs in the United States are obese, which amounts to more than 50 million dogs nationwide. This alarming figure can lead to serious secondary conditions such as arthritis, high blood pressure, kidney disease, and certain forms of cancer, as well as a decreased quality of life and shorter life expectancy.
Walking and exercising your pup on a regular basis is key to maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding obesity. Even though January may seem like an inconvenient time to be focusing on dog walking, it’s the perfect time to start. If you can take your pup out in the cold, you can do it any time of the year. So take advantage of Walk Your Dog Month and get outside with your pup. You’ll both reap the rewards!
February Dog Events
Responsible Pet Owner Month
A Look Back at Responsible Pet Ownership Through the Ages
February is the month to consider the needs of your pet and ensure you are providing the best care possible. Responsible Pet Owners Month is an umbrella term to cover the various observances that occur in this month, such as Responsible Dog Ownership Month, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, and Pet Dental Health Month.
It is important to ensure your pet is getting high quality food that is given in healthy portions, as well as adequate exercise and socialization.
Additionally, if your pet goes outdoors, it is important to make sure they are properly identified in case of an emergency. During Responsible Pet Owners Month, take the time to evaluate the care you are giving your pet and make sure they are getting all the love and attention they need.
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National Dog Biscuit Day (February 23)
Make it a Special Day: National Dog Biscuit Day with Your Pals!
February 23rd marks National Dog Biscuit Day, and what better way to show your pup some extra love than by baking them some delicious treats?
From homemade biscuits to store-bought mixes, here are 10 canine-approved recipes that you can whip up to make your pup’s day even more special! Whether you’re looking for something savory, sweet, or maybe even a little bit of both, we’ve got you covered. So get creative and make your pup the happiest pup around on this special day.
Celebrate your dog in February by enjoying a few extra biscuits from your local dog bakery!
March Dog Events
National K9 Veterans Day (March 13)
National K9 Veterans Day, held annually on March 13, is a special day to recognize, honor, and remember the incredible service and sacrifices of American military and working dogs throughout history. The K-9 Corps was established on March 13, 1942, when the U.S. Army began training dogs for their War Dog Program.
These brave canines were sent into battle, where they provided invaluable assistance to their human servicemen. They performed a variety of tasks, including scouting, carrying supplies, and even serving as messengers. They also provided companionship in difficult times, and saved many soldiers’ lives. To recognize their contribution, we set aside this special day to commemorate the service and dedication of all of the brave K-9 veterans, both past and present.
April Dog Events
National Pet First Aid Awareness Month
Pet parents should always be prepared and knowledgeable in the event of an emergency. April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month and this is the perfect opportunity to become familiar with the basics of pet first aid.
Not only is it important to learn the basic tips and techniques, but also to build a pet-ready first aid kit. Having the necessary items in the kit can be vital in helping your pet in an emergency situation. Some of the basics that all pet parents should know are how to stop bleeding, how to clear an airway, how to check vital signs, how to bandage a wound, and how to recognize signs of shock.
Being prepared and informed in the event of an emergency can be a life-saving skill for your pet.
Pet Parents Day (Apr 26)
Celebrate National Pet Parents Day by spending quality time with your four-legged friends! Give your pet some extra love and affection, and don’t forget to snap some cute photos too!
Consider picking up some pet-themed presents, like National Day Calendar’s super-soft socks, to show your pet just how much you care.
And if you’re looking to save on pet care, be sure to research the best ways to provide quality care without breaking the bank.
Finally, don’t forget to share your celebration on social media using #NationalPetParentsDay!
MORE EVENT DESCRIPTIONS COMING SOON
May Dog Events
National Purebed Dog Day (May 1)
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International Guide Dog Day (May 5)
June Dog Events
National Dog Party Day (June 10)
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Take Your Dog to Work Day (June 25)
July Dog Events
National Mutt Day (July 31)
August Dog Events
International Assistance Dog Week (Aug 1-7)
August Dog Events
September Dog Events
Responsible Dog Owners Month
National Pet Memorial Day (Sept 13)
October Dog Events
National Pet Obesity Awareness Day (Oct 10)
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