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National Dog Week

National Dog Week is Sept. 24 to 30. What does this mean for you? Nothing. This week isn’t about you, it is all about dogs. Get your leashes, harnesses, treats and toys ready for a weeklong celebration of all things dog. While you’re loving on your cuddly best friend, don’t forget about the less-fortunate four-legged angels looking for forever homes. The purpose of National Dog Week is twofold — pay homage to the pups that enrich your life by showing responsible pet ownership and do your part to help dogs in need. We’ll help you make the most of National Dog Week.

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What is it?

National Dog Week is many things. It’s a week for you to celebrate dogs in any way possible and a reminder to practice responsible pet ownership however you choose. With that in mind, it may be easier to go over what National Dog Week is NOT all about. This is not a week to overfeed your dog, let your dog behave badly or avoid the vet. Most importantly, National Dog Week does not mean you have one week to be the best dog parent and dog enthusiast you can be. Let this week enforce a lifelong commitment to humane and responsible treatment of animals.

When and why did it begin?

In 1928, Captain William Lewis Judy knew what the masses know today; he knew how much pets enrich our lives. His passion for dogs inspired him to establish National Dog Week with the following goals in mind:

  • A good home for every dog.
  • Elimination of stray dogs from the street
  • Better-informed dog owners
  • Consideration for dogs and all animals
  • Emphasis of the dog’s use as companion and protector
  • Fair laws for dogs and dog owners
  • Respect for the rights of non-dog owners

This year marks the 84th anniversary of National Dog Week, proving that each year dog owners and enthusiasts continue to stand strong for the sake of our four-legged friends.

How can I be a part of it?

The possibilities are endless. However you choose to celebrate National Dog Week, make sure you spread the word. Stuck for ideas? Here are a few to get you started:

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Be loving

  • Take your pet to the dog park
  • Make a special healthy meal for your pet
  • Host/attend a yappy hour
  • Take a dog-approved road trip
  • Exercise with your dog
Woman volunteering with dog

Be caring

  • Volunteer at a dog shelter
  • Attend an dog adoption event
  • Donate to a pet-related cause
  • Foster a dog in need
  • Take part in a local fundraising event
Woman with dog at vet

Be responsible

  • Enroll in dog obedience classes
  • Spay/neuter your pet
  • Get your pet vaccinated
  • Update your dog’s registration information
  • Get your pet groomed

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