National Dog Week isn’t any ordinary holiday involving a boring treat or a quick trip to the park with your canine companion. It’s a celebration of dogs, what they mean to people, and the ongoing mission to improve life for all dogs. The event focuses on educating of dog owners and the general public alike, interaction between owners and dog care professionals, and particularly helping lost, abused, and unwanted dogs around the country.

National Dog Week started in 1928 when World War I veteran and canine advocate Captain William Judy decided that a weeklong celebration was the least that could be done to recognize the service and the unwavering loyalty of man’s best friend. After returning from the war, in which he earned the Silver Star, Captain Judy established a publishing operation dedicated to canines, in addition to purchasing and publishing Dog World magazine.

National Dog Week takes place over the fourth week of September annually and is a celebration of activities, fundraising events, adoption drives, and volunteer assistance programs that get whole communities involved. The movement is as much about acknowledging the responsibilities of dog owners, dog lovers, and the community as it is about celebrating dogs themselves. With a unique dedicated theme each year, National Dog Week offers a chance to organize new and fun events for dog lovers and dogs, while helping local organizations, shelters, and dogs in need.

National Dog Week is a great opportunity to get out and make a real difference in the lives of dogs in the community, while having fun and learning how to keep one’s own companion happy and healthy. Dog lovers are encouraged to get involved and organize their own events or support those already in place, including donations, speaking engagements with local veterinarians, and special activities for kids, just to name a few. Organizing a gathering at the local dog park with guest speakers or dog care professionals is just one easy and fun idea, as most are more than eager to educate owners and the public, as well as promote their own services or organization.

Children can take an active role as well, with two of the best options being classroom projects and school involvement. Lesson plans and project ideas for education and fun are widely available across the Internet, while the organization’s Facebook profile allows kids and adults alike to interact, organize events, participate in projects, and stay updated all at the same time.

National Dog Week is a rare chance to learn how to give dogs more fulfilling and longer lives, while also having fun and helping to make a real difference in the lives of dogs and dog lovers all across the country. Join the celebration!

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  • Updated: 12/13/2023: 12:54:59 PM ET
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