National Dog Day - August 26
Sat, Aug 26, 2023

National Dog Day

National Dog Day is a day dedicated to celebrating all dogs – purebred and mixed breeds living in families and in service. Many dogs become our friends and companions, teaching our children empathy and compassion. Specially trained animals work as bodyguards, serve in law enforcement agencies, improve the quality of life for the disabled, and search for drugs and explosive devices planted by terrorists. They also help find victims of natural disasters and terrorist attacks under the rubble of buildings. The contribution of dogs to our society cannot be underestimated.


The initiative for National Dog Day belongs to Colin Page, who is an expert on pets, an active animal and wildlife advocate, and a skilled dog trainer. The date of August 26th was chosen in honor of Colin’s significant day: on that day, she adopted her first dog, a Sheltie, from a shelter.

National Dog Day has been celebrated since 2004 and has gained popularity in the United States and other countries.

Interesting facts

One of the oldest stories of a dog’s exploits is the Welsh legend of Gelert, Prince Llywelyn’s Irish wolfhound.

How to take part

  • Adopt a dog from a shelter
  • Donate to a charity dedicated to improving the lives of dogs without owners
  • Spend time with your pet, buy him a toy, take him for a walk to his favorite places
  • Educate your children about the importance of dogs in society.

When is National Dog Day celebrated in 2023?

National Dog Day is observed on August 26 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Saturday August 26 2023
Monday August 26 2024
Tuesday August 26 2025
Wednesday August 26 2026

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