A great New Year’s resolution is to do more things with your dog, which is fun for both of you. Check out our January 2021 dog events and dog holidays for dog-friendly things to do and holidays to celebrate. Don’t see your dog event on the list? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will include your dog event.
ALL-MONTH-LONG JANUARY 2021 DOG EVENTS and HOLIDAYS
- Train Your Dog Month: It’s the perfect time to refresh your dog’s skills. Dog got a jumping problem? Read more here.
- Walk Your Pet Month: The weather outside might be frightful, but walking your dog is always delightful — and healthy for both you and your dog. How much should you walk your dog? Find out here.
- January 2, 2021: National Pet Travel Safety Day: Thanks to the pandemic, any traveling we are doing with our dogs is by car. Check out how to travel safely by car with your dog here.
January 7-9, 2021: AVMA Virtual Veterinary Leadership Conference
The veterinary profession’s premier conference for leadership development moved to a virtual format this year to ensure the health and safety of attendees. VLC will continue to offer a mix of CE sessions, AVMA governance meetings and networking. Attendees can expand and hone leadership skills while connecting virtually with a diverse network of colleagues from all walks of the veterinary profession. This virtual conference will be a fitting opportunity to learn about Leadership in Times of Change. AVMA will support state VMAs and its constituent allied organizations by hosting their leaders in-person during VLC while still maintaining safe guidelines. Hosting an in-person meeting is optional for each state and constituent allied organization, and attending in-person is optional for each leader. For more info, reach out to your State VMA Executive Director or constituent allied organization.
January 10 – February 21, 2021: Premier of All Creatures Great and Small
Who doesn’t love Masterpiece on PBS? Now, there is another reason to watch as All Creatures Great and Small, the book about James Herriot’s adventures as a veterinarian in 1930s Yorkshire, gets a glorious new adaptation in a seven-part series. It has already been renewed for a second season! Click here to see the trailer.
January 16, 2021: New York Dog Film Festival in person at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
The Dog Film Festival celebrates the love between dogs and their people through animated, documentary and narrative short films from around the world. After a New York City premiere every year, this program of films travels to towns across the United States and Canada, benefiting a local animal welfare group at every destination. You can see it in-person today at 2 p.m. at the Charlottetown City Cinema in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. The festival is currently welcoming entries for the 6th Annual Festival. Click here for more information.
January 17, 2021: Major Biden’s Indoguration Party
From shelter pup at Delaware Humane Association to First Dog at the White House, Major Biden is barking proof that every dog can live the American dream. To celebrate this historic Indoguration and raise funds to help more shelter animals like Major find their furever homes, DHA & Pumpkin Pet Insurance have teamed up to throw the world’s largest virtual party for dogs! Join on Zoom on at 3 PM EST for the virtual event hosted by Jill Martin of the Today Show, with special guest appearances by animal advocate Sir Darius Brown and DHA adoptable dogs & staff. A $10 donation minimum is required to attend the event, with 100% of proceeds directly supporting DHA animals in need. Click here to RSVP your spot.
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January 14, 2021: National Dress Up Your Pet Day
Dressing up your dog — even if it is just a cute bandana — helps make him feel special. Also, if you have a large breed dog that some people may find scary, putting on a friendly bandana or cute t-shirt makes your dog less intimidating. The No. 1 rule in dressing up your dog is to make sure he or she is comfortable at all times and not stressed. Here are some tips for getting your dog used to a costume.
January 21, 2021: New York Dog Film Festival in person at Charlottetown, PEI
The Dog Film Festival celebrates the love between dogs and their people through animated, documentary and narrative short films from around the world. After a New York City premiere every year, this program of films travels to towns across the United States and Canada, benefiting a local animal welfare group at every destination. You can see it in-person today at 7 p.m. at the Charlottetown City Cinema in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. The festival is currently welcoming entries for the 6th Annual Festival. Click here for more information.
January 24, 2021: My Furry Valentine Pet Portrait Fundraiser
Get Fido’s portrait taken in time for Valentine’s Day while helping raise money for Lincoln Animal. From 1-5 p.m., Cherished Images will be at Paws 4 Fun, Lincoln’s indoor dog park on 222 N. 44th St. Professional photographer Beverly Jimenez lends her talent as part of this fundraiser for Lincoln Animal Ambassadors. Well-behaved and vaccinated pets are invited. Props provided while masks and social distancing are required. No appointment necessary. Cherished Images will donate a minimum of $5 per pet to support LAA’s income-based spay/neuter and pet food bank programs. The cost of purchasing photos is listed on LAA’s website. Support LAA by attending this fundraiser, providing a direct monetary donation, or donating to its pet food bank. For more information, click here.
January 24, 2021: Change a Pet’s Life Day
Thinking about getting a new dog for the new year? One great option is adoption. Find out if you are ready to adopt a dog here.
January 29, 2021: Seeing Eye Guide Dog Anniversary
Time to celebrate dogs in service as seeing eye guide dogs! Check out different services dogs perform here.
Main photo © Melissa L Kauffman
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