National Hug Your Hound Day

National Hug Your Hound Day is a holiday that encourages people to not only spend quality time with their dogs but also to look at the world from their perspective. This means that you should check out all the locations where your dog might be to check for unforeseen hazards. It also means that you should take some time to pamper your pet. And as the name implies, give your hound a nice hug. This holiday has been celebrated for several years now and is celebrated annually on the second Sunday in September.

The History of National Hug Your Hound Day

National Hug Your Hound Day was created by canine behaviorist and author Ami Moore. She wanted to raise the importance of people spending time with their dogs and to help make a more dog-friendly environment for them. Another purpose of this holiday is to bring awareness to her belief that society should be more accepting of dogs and allow them in more public locations.

Interesting Facts About Basset Hounds

Although this holiday could be celebrated by anyone with a dog, since the holiday specifically uses the word “hound” in it, we thought we’d list some interesting facts about basset hounds that we uncovered. So if you have a basset hound and are looking to observe National Hug Your Hound Day, then you might appreciate the following pieces of trivia.

Basset Hounds Can Be Heavy Dogs

Although basset hounds look small, with an average height under 15 inches, they are surprisingly dense. That’s because they have more bones per pound than any other dog. That means they can weigh 70 pounds or more.

Basset Hounds Are Prone to Roaming

Since basset hounds were bred to follow a scent for hunting, they are more likely to wander off than other breeds might be. That’s why it’s important for dog owners of this breed to keep them in a fenced-in yard.

Basset Hounds Aren’t Good Guard Dogs

Another thing that owners of this breed should realize is that these dogs don’t make the best guard dogs. Their friendly demeanor makes them more likely to make friends with intruders than to chase them off. While these dogs are excellent hunting companions, they aren’t very good guard dogs.

Observing National Hug Your Hound Day

The first step to observing this holiday is to give your hound dog a hug. Once that’s been done, take a few moments of your time and inspect the areas where your hound dog spends his or her time to ensure that there are no hidden hazards. Check around their food area and the backyard. Once you’ve ensured your dog’s space is safe, then maybe take a few moments and give your dog a treat. After you’ve finished all those dog-related activities, don’t forget to post #NationalHugYourHoundDay on your social media accounts to spread the word about this holiday.

When is it?
This year (2024)
September 8 Sunday
Next year (2025)
September 14 Sunday
Last year (2023)
September 10 Sunday