National Walking The Dog Day

National Walking the Dog Day is a holiday that’s observed annually on the 22nd of February. It’s a day to remind people that walking their dogs is a very important activity. Not only does it provide the dog (and its owner) with much-needed exercise, but it also helps owners bond with their furry friends.

And these walks don’t have to last very long at all. Even 20 minutes of walking a day provide dogs and their owners with a whole lot of different benefits. That’s why everyone who has a dog should take the time to spend time with them on this holiday.

The History Of National Walking The Dog Day

Despite searching far and wide, we were unable to uncover the creator of National Walking the Dog Day. What we discovered during our research, however, was that dog walking is an activity that hasn’t been around for all that long.

In fact, the first professional dog walker didn’t start until the mid-1960s. Since we can’t dig into the history of this holiday, let’s take a moment to dig into the history of professional dog walking.

Jim Buck began one day in 1964 by walking an acquaintance’s dog on the Upper East Side of New York. As time wore on, he began to take on more and more clients, until he was making more than $500 a week walking people’s dogs.

Eventually, he would found Jim Buck’s School for Dogs, a business that specialized in not only dog training, but also dog exercise as well. He would remain in this business for over 4-decades.

Since Jim Buck’s run, dog walking has become something that only a few dog owners did something that all dog owners are expected to do on a regular basis. And we feel that this is not only good for dogs, but also for the people who are walking these dogs. It’s great exercise and it’s a great way for people to bond with their canine friends.

Observing National Walking The Dog Day

Obviously, walking the dog is the best way to observe this holiday. It doesn’t matter if it’s rainy or sunny, or if it’s clear or snowy. Just put the dog on a leash and then take the dog for a walk.

Upon your return, you can use the hashtag #NationalWalkingTheDogDay to spread the word about this holiday. This is the perfect day for people to bond with their dogs, so let’s all go out there and celebrate National Walking the Dog Day in style!

When is it?
This year (2023)
February 22 Wednesday
Next year (2024)
February 22 Thursday
Last year (2022)
February 22 Tuesday