When is International Dog Day?

International Dog Day, celebrated annually on August 26th, is a day dedicated to honouring and appreciating the special bond between humans and dogs. It’s not a public holiday, but we think it should be!

It serves as a global reminder of the immeasurable contributions dogs make to our lives, whether as loyal companions, working partners, or, in our case, as incredible Assistance Dogs.

For Assistance Dogs Australia, this day holds profound meaning as we recognise the transformative impact that our Assistance Dogs have on the lives of people living with disability. These remarkable canines are not merely companions; they are highly trained to provide more support, independence, and security to their humans.

On this special day, we invite you to join us in celebrating the extraordinary achievements of our furry heroes and reflecting on the positive changes dogs bring to the lives of people all around the world.

Happy international dog day

Here are 10 heart-warming and meaningful ways people can celebrate International Dog Day:

1. Quality Time: Spend extra quality time with your dog. Whether it’s a long walk, playtime in the backyard, or simply cuddling on the couch, cherish the moments you share together.

2. Volunteer: If you’re not ready to adopt a dog, Puppy Volunteering is a great way to channel your love for dogs into a future Assistance Dog. Find out more here.

3. Put the Fun in Fundraising: Raise funds for Assistance Dogs Australia by hosting a fun event at work, school, or home. Find some great ideas here.

4. Educate and Raise Awareness: Use International Dog Day as an opportunity to educate others about responsible pet ownership. Share information on social media or host a local awareness event.

Happy dog sitting

5. Health Check: Schedule a visit to the veterinarian for a dog wellness check-up. Ensure your dog is up-to-date on vaccinations and discuss any concerns or questions you may have about their health.

6. DIY Dog Treats: Get creative in the kitchen and bake some homemade dog treats. There are plenty of easy and healthy recipes to try. Share your culinary creations with other dog owners or even host a doggy treat exchange. Click here for dog-safe cake recipes.

7. Grooming Spa Day: Treat your dog to a spa day with a thorough grooming session. Brush their coat, trim their nails, and give them a relaxing bath. Not only does it contribute to their well-being, but it’s also a bonding experience.


8. Photo Shoot: Capture the essence of your dog’s personality with a fun photo shoot. Share the pictures on social media using #InternationalNationalDogDay to join the online celebration and connect with fellow dog lovers.

9. Dog-friendly Outing: Take your dog on an adventure to a dog-friendly park, beach, or hiking trail. Explore new places together and create lasting memories.

10. Take Your Dog to Work: Many workplaces already have a dog-friendly policy, others may need a little more convincing to allow your furry best friend to come along to the office. Show your manager this list of five reasons to have dogs in the workplace.

Remember, every day is an opportunity to show love and appreciation for our furry friends, but International Dog Day on August 26 every year provides an extra special occasion to go above and beyond in celebrating the joy and companionship dogs bring to our lives.

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