National Puppy Day: 6 Ways to Celebrate [March 23!]

National Puppy Day: 6 Ways to Celebrate [March 23!]
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Who doesn't love puppies? Cute, fuzzy, and full of love, pups are really the most wonderful friends we could ask for. It may not be all that surprising that there is a national dog holiday celebrating puppies, but there is more to National Puppy Day than adorable wagging tails.


National Puppy Day aims to promote puppy adoption from local animal shelters, steering people away from puppy mills by raising awareness of the harm that they cause. Did you know that nearly 3.3 million dogs enter animal shelters every year?


Well, with the support of advocates and awareness-raising events like National Puppy Day, those numbers are sure to drop in the following years. Let's learn all there is to know about this dog holiday and most importantly, what you can do to celebrate!



What is National Puppy Day?

National Puppy Day aims to celebrate the companionship, affection, and unconditional love puppies can bring into our lives. 


The very first National Puppy Day was celebrated in 2006. It was founded by animal behaviorist, author, and pet lifestyle expert Colleen Paige. Paige also happens to be the founder of both National Cat Day (Friday, October 29) and National Dog Day (Thursday, August 26).


The holiday also aims to educate people about the horror of puppy mills and promote awareness of canine homelessness. Like any other living creature that needs care, puppies are a big responsibility. Be sure to consider every factor before bringing a dog home,  and adopt from a local animal shelter if you can.



When is National Puppy Day?

National Puppy Day is observed every year on March 23. The following upcoming National Puppy Day should land on a Wednesday in 2022. Be sure to mark your calendars and make time to celebrate your favorite furry friend!


To make things simple, we made a list below to show the day of the week on which National Puppy Day will fall in upcoming years:


  • 2022 - Wednesday, March 23 
  • 2023 - Thursday, March 23 
  • 2024 - Saturday, March 23 
  • 2025 - Sunday, March 23 
  • 2026 - Monday, March 23 
  • 2027 - Tuesday, March 23 



How Can I Celebrate National Puppy Day?

Dogs are among the happiest, most trusting, and joy-filled creatures on the planet! So it only makes sense that on March 23, we take time out of our busy day to stop and celebrate our favorite canine companions. Here are some ideas to kick off the celebration:


Adopt a Puppy

In our opinion, adoption is the best way to celebrate national puppy day. What better way to celebrate man's best friend by bringing one home and providing them with the love, compassion, and care that they might have been missing.


Local animal shelters are often the most ethically sound option when it comes to adoption. While adoption is a huge commitment, it can be one of the most satisfying decisions you'll make in your life. When National Puppy Day rolls around again, head down to your local shelter and adopt a puppy (or any other animal!) that speaks to you.



blond girl with German shepherd puppy



Post Puppy Pictures on Social Media Using



Since the holiday's conception, #NationalPuppyDay has been there to support a community of puppy lovers and their young canine companions. Searching the hashtag on nearly any social media platform will give you access to an entire community and allow you to share your pup with the world. Time to get your dog the attention that they deserve!


Perhaps upload a cool new trick that your furry friend recently learned, or post a video as your mutt struts their stuff in a new puppy outfit. However you choose to show off, be sure to hashtag! Your dog could be one post away from becoming a viral sensation.


Let Your Puppy Play at the Dog Park

Letting your sweet pup run around, have fun, and eventually tucker themselves out at the dog park can be as much of a treat for you as it is for your furry little friend.


Not only does your dog get a fun bit of exercise (which is always beneficial for younger pups), but they get the chance to socialize with other dogs for a little impromptu puppy day party at the park!


If your puppy has friends in the area, perhaps make it a point to call fellow Puppy Parents in your area to organize a puppy play date.


Surprise Your Puppy With a Special Treat

We'd like to challenge you to think of one better experience in the world than watching your pup tear into a new treat or toy. Challenging, isn't it? 


Dogs love to be showered with new toys, gifts, and snacks (though to be fair, who doesn't?). Not to mention, Your dog deserves special treatment on their memorable holiday!


To celebrate your excellent canine companion and show them how much you love them,  grab them a new chew toy or a bag of special dog treats that we're sure they'll love.


Take Your Puppy for a Walk

Everyone knows how excited our pups get for a little outside time. If you're short on time or can't afford new treats for your dog, a simple way to celebrate national puppy day is to take your furry friend on a walk to commemorate their special day!


Little is scarier than the thought of losing a pet. Make sure that your sweet pup has an I.D. tag or microchip so you can track them down in case they get lost.


Volunteer at a Shelter

Even if you can’t adopt a dog of your own, you can still help the millions of dogs abandoned in shelters by spending some time helping out at your local pound! 


Kennels are often run by volunteers and understaffed, so any time you can give will be a big help. They can put you to work grooming dogs, taking them for walks, playing with them, or cleaning kennels.



two women volunteers with dog



Can I Give My Puppy CBD?

You sure can! CBD interacts with a natural system found in all mammals that helps govern and balance several vital functions in the body. This system is called the endocannabinoid system, or the ECS, if you're short on time.


Whether you treat your dog to a few of our CBD soft chews or CBD dog treats, CBD can be an excellent remedy for discomfort, nervous behavior, and many more ailments that dogs tend to suffer from. 


CBD interacts with the ECS to provide a handful of benefits for your sweet pup, including but not limited to:


  • Enhanced mobility
  • Easing nervousness
  • Bone growth
  • Discomfort and soreness relief 
  • Promoting natural sleep



Why Celebrate National Puppy Day

National puppy day is your favorite furry friend's opportunity to be in the spotlight! Celebrating this national holiday can be a fantastic way to strengthen the bond between you and your pup.


Your dog deserves to be celebrated for the love and companionship that they bring into your life. Be sure to do something special for your sweet pup on their special day. That might be taking an extra ten minutes on their daily walk or giving them more at the park.


Did you know, according to various studies, pet owners are considerably healthier, weigh less, live longer, and lead generally happier lives than those who don't have a furry friend? So we ask you, what's not to love about a holiday that celebrates man's best friend and all of the benefits they bring into our lives?



Final Thoughts - National Puppy Day

We believe that your sweet pup deserves the world. And while it's true that our furry friends deserve to be celebrated every day, we understand that's not always possible. This is why celebrating our canine companions on their special days is so important!


National Puppy Day is an adorable way to spread awareness of canine homelessness, promote dog ownership, and show our pups just how much they mean to us. Don't forget to show your dog the love that they deserve on this special day.

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