National Dog Day

National Dog Day Quick Facts - NZ

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2024 Date26 August 2024
2025 Date26 August 2025

National Dog Day

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National Dog Day History

National Dog Day is an annual observance that celebrates dogs and their significant contributions to society. The day aims to create awareness about the importance of adopting dogs, especially those in shelters. It also honours the many forms of assistance dogs provide to humans, such as guide dogs for the visually impaired, police dogs, search-and-rescue dogs, and therapy dogs. It is a global event, with dog lovers around the world participating in various activities and initiatives to show appreciation for their canine friends.

Though originating in the United States in 2004, National Dog Day has gained widespread recognition and support from dog owners and enthusiasts in New Zealand. Founded by pet and family lifestyle expert Colleen Paige, it has grown to include events and opportunities for Kiwis to celebrate the roles and relationships they share with their dogs. As a nation with around 700,000 pet dogs, National Dog Day provides an opportunity for New Zealanders to appreciate the loyalty, companionship, and unconditional love they receive from their beloved pets.

In New Zealand, pet owners and dog lovers observe National Dog Day in various ways, including participating in dog-friendly events, spoiling their furry friends with treats and toys, or simply spending quality time with their dogs. Many also choose this day to advocate for better welfare for dogs and support local animal shelters and charities. National Dog Day is observed on the 26th of August, in line with the global date, providing a special opportunity for New Zealanders to honour and celebrate their canine companions.

National Dog Day facts

  • At one time, Iraq and Afghanistan had about 1,200 dog teams in action. When the war dogs are involved, the bomb detection rate can be as high as 80%.
  • Globally, Only 10% of animals that enter shelters have been spayed or neutered.
  • Dogs have around 220 million scent receptors in their noses, compared to only 5 million in humans.
  • The New Zealand government has strict biosecurity measures in place for dogs being imported into the country. Dogs must meet specific health requirements and undergo a quarantine period to ensure they don't introduce pests or diseases.
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs, and other assistance dogs are legally allowed to accompany their handlers into public places in New Zealand, including restaurants, taxis, and public transport.

Top things to do in NZ for National Dog Day

  • Donate to one of many organizations such as, the Humane Society or the ASPCA, that help animals in need. You can also donate blankets, pet food and toys to your local animal shelter.
  • Volunteer your time at your local animal rescue shelter. Most shelters operate with volunteers. There is always a need for help walking, feeding, playing with and cleaning up after the animals.
  • Explore New Zealand's beautiful landscape with your dog by going on a dog-friendly hike or walk. Some popular trails include Tawharanui Regional Park in Auckland, Redwoods Forest in Rotorua, or Bottle Lake Forest in Christchurch.
  • New Zealand has plenty of beautiful beaches where you can take your dog for a walk or a swim. Some popular ones include Piha Beach in Auckland, Lyall Bay in Wellington, and Sumner Beach in Christchurch.

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