Did you know? August 26 is International Dog Day! As dog lovers, we want to give our furry friends the best, always know where they are, and spoil them with love and affection. What better occasion to do so than this international day of dogs? Read on to see how YOU can celebrate dog day today (and every day).

A brief history of International Dog Day

Dog lover, pet and family expert, and animal advocate Colleen Paige founded National Dog Day in the United States in 2004. It was adopted into legislation in the state of New York in 2013¹. She choose August 26 as this was the date she adopted her first dog, when she was only 10 years old. What a way to show your dog some love – with a nationally recognized holiday!

Since then, other dog-loving countries, organizations, and individuals around the world have embraced International Dog Day. But what exactly is the purpose of this special day?

Why International Dog Day was created

The aim of International Dog Day, along with other holidays created by Colleen (including National Puppy Day, National Mutt Day and National Cat Day) is to bring awareness to the condition of animals as well as to encourage adoption. And, of course, to celebrate all dogs everywhere. This day is meant to:

  • acknowledge dogs that need to be rescued
  • recognize dogs that bring us comfort, protect us, and save lives
  • discourage people from buying dogs from pet stores that support unethical backyard breeders and puppy mills
  • encourage the adoption of dogs in need from local shelters or rescue centers
  • rescue dogs from homelessness and abuse

And now, without further ado, 10 tips from Tractive, makers of GPS tech that keep dogs safe, on how to best celebrate International Dog Day.

10 ways to celebrate International Dog Day

Ready for International Dog Day? Here we go!

1. Adopt a dog from your local shelter.

By far one of the biggest things you can do in support of dogs on International Dog Day is to find a dog in need and provide them with a safe, loving, forever home. They’ll be your buddy for life, and you will have helped reduce some of the suffering experienced by millions of dogs across the world. Just be sure that you’re ready to take the big step of adopting a dog. Be sure to inform yourself of all the responsibilities, and factors to consider before adopting a dog.

2. Volunteer at your local shelter.

If you cannot adopt a dog, another great way to support canines in your community is to volunteer at a local shelter. No matter where you are around the world, there are sure to be plenty of dogs in need. You can support them by signing up as a volunteer and visiting the shelter regularly. Volunteers often walk or play with dogs, clean cages, or assist with any other task the shelter might need help with.

3. Donate to animal welfare organizations.

Don’t have time to volunteer? There are other ways to help dogs in need. For example, you could donate money to a rescue or animal welfare organization. Also, shelters are often in need of blankets, dog food and toys. Often, you can drop off these items directly at the shelter anytime; we recommend calling your local rescue or animal shelter beforehand to ask what they need.

4. Take your dog out.

If you already have a dog, then ask yourself: What does my dog love most? Visiting their friends at the dog park? Swimming in the lake? Maybe visiting a special cafe, where dogs can eat too? Whatever it is, treat your dog to their favorite activity on International Dog Day.

5. Protect your dog’s safety with a GPS tracker.

While you’re enjoying your day out, you might worry about what would happen if your dog gets scared and runs off, or worse, gets lost. With the help of a GPS dog tracker, you’ll always know where your furry friend is, and make sure that they’ll never come into harm’s way. A GPS tracker is a simple but high-tech (and affordable) solution that fits around your dog’s collar – and one that gives you peace of mind.

6. Get active with your dog.

Support your dog’s physical health and well-being by engaging in some fun, moderate physical activity together. Take a long walk, run, hike, play together, go to the dog park, or go swimming with your dog. To ensure that your furry friend gets the right amount of physical activity, you can monitor their fitness levels with a dog activity monitor.

7. Spoil your dog with a new toy.

Speaking of fun activities, what dog doesn’t love a shiny new toy to play with and unleash their energy on? If you need some ideas, check out this list of the best dog toys from Bark Post.

8. Teach your dog a new trick.

No matter how old your dog is, it’s never too late to learn something new – in fact, engaging your dog in mentally stimulating activities can help prevent dog dementia and add to a long and healthy life. Learn how to teach your old dog new tricks here!

9. Hire a professional pet photographer for a fun photo shoot.

You and your dog might already have an active social life and a close connection. So why not showcase your furry friend to the world, by having professional photos made of you and your dog? Your social media followers will thank you for the cute pics!

For inspiration, check out our Instagram. 🐶


10. Have an International Dog Day party and invite all your friends and their dogs.

Our last tip for International Dog Day: throw a party and invite your dog (loving) friends! Your special day might include:

  • dog-themed decorations
  • treats for doggos and humans alike
  • a dog-friendly venue
  • a cake made just for dogs!
  • toys and activity to keep your pups busy
  • love and affection, plus safe and calming space for your dog

Dogs are amazing, aren’t they? So let’s take a moment to honor our wonderful furry friends with the video below by Good Living Films:

Now that you have some tips for celebrating the dogs in your life – how will you celebrate International Dog Day this year? Let us know, or share this article with a dog-loving friend.