Dug Up at Dogster: April 2023 Dog Events and Dog Holidays

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How are you enjoying the warmer weather with you pups? ©Zave Smith

Happy April and yay for warmer weather!

April 23 is Lost Dog Awareness day. We don’t like to think we can lose track of our furry buddies, but one in three pets ends up missing at some point in their lives — and only 21 % end up making it home. YIKES! Aside from microchipping your dog and properly fitting her for a tagged collar, we have a great article with quicks steps you can take to find your lost dog.

Planning to attend any dog events near you? Send us pictures of your pup to be featured on our social media pages.

Or email us at dogstermag@belvoir.com.

April 2023 monthly dog holidays

National Heartworm Awareness month

National Adopt a Greyhound month

Pet First Aid Awareness month

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month

April 2023 dog holidays

April 8: Dog Fighting Awareness day

April 10: National Hug Your Dog day

April 11: National Pet day

April 21: Bulldogs are Beautiful day

April 23: National Lost Dog Awareness day

April 25: International Guide Dog day

April 30: National Therapy Animal day

April 2023 dog events

Through April, 2023: UpDogChallenge Disc dog competitions, held in various cities. To see the schedule, visit updogchallenge.com

Through April 29, 2023: Dog Tales: The Human Canine Connection exhibit at The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History at Bryan, TX. is an exclusive in-house exhibit showcasing the fascinating natural history of dogs, their closest canine relatives and their special bond with humans.

April 1-April 30, 2023: Registration opens for the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) National Service Animal Eye Exam Event. The 14th annual event takes place in 200 cities in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and Hong Kong to provide free eye exams during the month of May for service and working animals.

April 14 – 16, 2023: Pet Health Expo Los Angeles. Largest consumer pet health and wellness expo for dog and cat lovers, held at the Magic Box in Los Angeles, CA. Will also have adoptable dogs!

April 15, 2023: Idaho Pet Expo. Pet-friendly event for pet lovers of all ages. Includes food, gear, toys, grooming, expert talks and more. Takes place in Boise, ID.

April 15, 2023: NYC Tartan Day Parade. This year is the 25th anniversary of National Tartan Day, a holiday celebrating the contributions of Scottish Americans to the U.S. There are more than 3,500 registered marchers, including 150 dogs. The parade takes place at Sixth Avenue in NYC. Prior to the parade, the dogs take part in an annual Celtic Canine competition, which features Scottish dog breeds in three categories: Wee Highland Warriors (terriers), Highland Herders (shepherds and sheepdogs), and Hebridean Hunting Hounds (hounds, setters and retrievers).

April 21-23, 2023: The 2023 Dog Behavior Conference. Join dog trainers and pet pros from around the world for this interactive three-day online events from the Victoria Stilwell Academy.

April 22, 2023: The 30th annual Sacramento SPCA Doggy Dash. Last year, the Doggy Dash raised more than $223,000 to help Sacramento care for the community’s animals. Registration is now open.

April 24, 2023: Join Morris Animal Foundation veterinarians and TEDxMileHigh for their free, virtual event on pets’ cognitive health. The event takes place at 6 p.m. and ends with a Q&A forum. To submit your questions ahead of time, email general@tedxmilehigh.com.

April 29, 2023: The Home & Pet Expo in Market Square at Crocker Park in Westlake, OH. This exciting pet-friendly expo offers a full day of amazing local home improvement companies plus the latest and greatest products and services available for all types of pets.

Want to see what dog holidays are coming up in 2023? Check out Dogster’s dog holiday list.


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