Active Dog Month

All vets agree: an active dog is a happy dog. Not only do dogs that get regular exercise live longer, but they also tend to be happier and have fewer health problems. Unfortunately, far too many dogs aren’t getting the exercise they need on a regular basis. This is usually because the homeowners are busy and don’t take the dogs on daily walks.

Taking your furry friends out for a walk can be worked into most people’s schedules if they take the time to do so. And a holiday that reminds us of that fact is called Active Dog Month. This holiday takes place during April and reminds us all that it’s essential for man’s best friend to get regular exercise.

The History of Active Dog Month

Anyone who has just come across this holiday might think that it was created by an animal welfare organization, but it was actually inspired by a website known as Om Shanti Pups — a website that’s dedicated to dog health and lifestyle. The blogger Natasha Thompson created the holiday after noticing that her dog was a little lethargic and ready to get out of the house after a long Alaskan winter.

Observing Active Dog Month

On this holiday, people can take the time to be more proactive with their dogs. They can spend the month playing more games like catch and fetch with their dogs, and they can take them for more walks. They can also spread the news about this month to encourage other pet owners to take their dogs out for exercise by using the hashtag #ActiveDogMonth on social media.

The Om Shanti Pups website also offers a lot of different tips for pet owners that will inform them on how they can work more activity into their dog’s routine. This is not only beneficial for dogs but will most likely also be beneficial for the dog’s owners. After all, who couldn’t use a little bit more exercise

When is it?
This year (2024)
April 1 Monday
Next year (2025)
April 1 Tuesday
Last year (2023)
April 1 Saturday