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Every month there are multiple national dog holidays and events which have their own hashtag and can provide ideas for your photo shoot.

At Furtography Pet Pics have lots of custom made props geared around some of the most popular events. And you can also bring in your own props or costumes to use during the photo shoot.

Here are 4 of the most popular events and we have a Pinterest board for each of them to show you examples. Just click on the first word in the sentence which links to the board

1 Barkday celebrates the day your dog was born or the day you rescued them. 

2 BarkMitzvah is celebratedby dogs owned by a Jewish family.

3 Howl O Ween photos are always fun, whether your dog is wearing a purchased or a DIY costume.

4 National Dress Up Your Pet Day on Jan 14 is a chance to show off your dog’s fashion style.

Here is a brief calendar of dog events throughout the year



  • Feb 11-12: Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show Held at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, this event is televised. Each breed has an associated rescue group.
  • Feb 14: Pet Theft Awareness Day
  • Feb 20: Love Your Pet Day
  • Feb 22: Walking the Dog Day
  • Feb 23: International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day



  • Canine Fitness Month
  • National Adopt a Greyhound Month
  • National Pet First Aid Awareness Month This event is an effort by the American Red Cross to draw attention to the need to know specialized pet first aid.
  • Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. (ASCPA)
  • April 1-7: International Pooper Scooper Week
  • April 1-7: National Raw Feeding Week.
  • April 7-13: Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week, 2nd full week in April
  • April 10: National Hug Your Dog Day
  • April 11: National Pet Day
  • April 11: Dog Therapy Appreciation Day
  • April 21: Bulldogs are Beautiful Day
  • April 23: National Lost Dog Awareness Day
  • April 24: International Guide Dog Day
  • April 26: National Kids and Pets Day
  • April 26: Hairball Awareness Day, the last Friday in April
  • April 28: National Pet Parents Day
  • April 30: Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
  • April 30: National Therapy Animal Day


  • National Pet Month
  • Responsible Animal Guardian Month
  • Chip Your Pet Month
  • May 1: National Purebred Dog Day
  • May 3: National Specially-Abled Pets Day
  • May 5: Mayday for Mutts. First Sunday in May
  • May 5 – 11: American HumaneSociety’s Be Kind to Animals Week, this week-long event has been celebrated since 1915; always the first full week of May
  • May 5-11: National Pet Week, always held the first full week of May by the American Veterinary Medical Association
  • May 11: National Dog Mom’s Day. Second Saturday in May
  • May 11: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day
  • May 14: International Chihuahua Appreciation Day
  • May 20: National Rescue Dog Day


  • National Foster a Pet Month. New from the Petco Foundation
  • June 2-8: Pet Appreciation Week. First week in June
  • June 8: Best Friends Day
  • June 11: World Pet Memorial Day, 2nd Tuesday in June
  • June 17-21: Take Your Pet to Work Week®
  • June 21: Take Your Dog to Work Day®


  • July 1: ID Your Pet Day
  • July 5: Pet Remembrance Day
  • July 11: All-American Pet Photo Day
  • July 21: No Pet Store Puppies Day
  • July 31: National Mutt Day, also see Dec. 2


  • Celebration of raw feeding for pets for the month of August
  • 1: DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs, a birthday for all the shelter animals whose birthdays are unknown
  • 5: Work Like a Dog Day
  • 10: Spoil Your Dog Day
  • 10: National Lazy Day
  • 16: Saint Roch’s Day, patron saint of dogs
  • 17: International Homeless Animals’ Day
  • 26: National Dog Day, one of the most popular pet holidays of the year (We’ve got an entire page devoted to National Dog Day with ideas on how you and your dog can celebrate together!)
  • 28: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
  • 30: National Holistic Pet Day


  • National Service Dog Month
  • 8: National Pet Memorial Day. Established by the International Association of Pet Cemeteries (IAPC), 2nd Sunday in September
  • 8: National Hug Your Hound Day. Second Sunday in September
  • 21: Responsible Dog Ownership Day, always the third Saturday in September
  • 22-28: National Deaf Dog Awareness Week, last full week in September
  • 22-28: National Dog Week, last full week in September
  • 23: Dogs in Politics Day (also known as Checkers Day), recognizing the dogs of politicians.
  • 28: World’s Largest Pet Walk., sponsored by Pet Partners


  • Adopt-A-Dog Month®, sponsored by American Humane Association
  • Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month., sponsored by ASPCA
  • National Animal Safety and Protection Month
  • National Pet Wellness Month
  • National Pit Bull Awareness Month
  • 1st Week of October. National Walk Your Dog Week
  • 1st Full Week of October. Animal Welfare Week (AVMA)
  • 1: National Fire Pup Day
  • 1: National Black Dog Day
  • 4: World Animal Day
  • 9: National Pet Obesity Awareness Day
  • 19: National Fetch Day
  • 26: National Pit Bull Awareness Day, last Saturday in October (unless Halloween falls on the last Saturday, then another date is chosen)
  • 28: Plush Animal Lovers Day, a day that most dogs will be happy to celebrate…as they unstuff those plush toys…


  • Adopt a Senior Pet Month. By ASPCA
  • National Pet Awareness Month
  • National Senior Pet Month
  • 1: National Cook for Your Pets Day


  • 2: National Mutt Day, also see July 31