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National Dog Dad Day – June 17, 2023

National Dog Dad Day is celebrated every year the day before Father’s Day and this year, it falls on June 17. It is an opportunity for all the dog dads out there to acknowledge the love they have for their pets and strengthen the relationship between pups and their owner dads. Like all relationships between humans and pets, the bond between dog and their dog dads is special. The day is recognized so that you can spend time with your dog and give it all the treats it deserves.

History of National Dog Dad Day

There is a long history between dogs and humans. Archaeological evidence suggests that the first animals to be tamed were dogs. Dogs were domesticated 30,000 years ago, which is more than 10,000 years before the domestication of horses and ruminants. Domestication started when gray wolves found scavenging for food scraps from humans began to cooperate in return for food and shelter. The wolves then helped the hunter-gatherers hunt for food. Over thousands of years of breeding, wolves evolved into the dogs we have today.

At the burial site in Predmosti (Czech Republic), a dog thought to be around 32,000 years old was found buried with bone. In Oberkassel in Germany, a skeleton of a disabled dog, believed to be about 14,300 years old, was discovered with the bodies of a man and woman. This indicates that the connection between humans and dogs dates back to ancient times. Many dog burial sites have been discovered. The mummified black dog of Tumut in Russia is supposed to be around 12,450 years old.

About 12,000 years ago in Israel, at the Ain Mallaha Natufian settlement, 12 individuals are buried with one of their hands resting on the body of a small puppy. Dogs have also played leading roles in civilizations, such as Anubis in Egypt, Xolotl in Maya, and Cerberus in Greece, where their function was to accompany the deceased to the other world.

National Dog Dad Day timeline

30,000 Years Ago
Domesticated Dogs

Dogs are the first animals to be domesticated.

32,000 Years Ago
Dog Burial

In the Czech Republic, a dog is buried in the burial site with a bone.

14,300 Years Ago
Found with Humans

A skeleton of a dog with a man and a woman is found buried.

12,000 Years Ago
Buried with Humans

In Israel, at the Ain Mallaha Natufian settlement, 12 individuals are buried with one of their hands resting on the body of a small puppy.

National Dog Dad Day FAQs

Is there a national pet day?

Yes, it is celebrated on April 11.

Why is pet day celebrated?

Pet day celebrates the joy of having a pet.

Who created the national dog day?

Colleen Paige created national dog day.

National Dog Dad Day Activities

  1. Spend the day with your dog

    This National Dog Dad Day, spend the whole day with your dog. Laze around and participate in fun activities together.

  2. Take your dog out for a treat

    Take your dog to a café. Make sure they socialize with other dogs and have a blast.

  3. Take part in fun activities

    Go on an adventure. Take your dog out for a walk and enjoy the day.

5 Interesting Facts About Dogs

  1. Dogs can perceive time

    Dogs can’t tell time but they have their perception of time and they remember past events.

  2. Dogs have unique nose prints

    Like all humans have unique fingerprints, similarly, dogs have their own unique nose prints.

  3. A staring dog is a loving dog

    A dog looking into your eyes is a means for a dog to show love and affection for you.

  4. Dogs ride the subway

    Stray dogs in Russia have learned to ride the subway and disembark from trains.

  5. Dalmatians are born white

    Dalmatians only get spots as they grow older.

Why We Love National Dog Dad Day

  1. It is the day for dogs

    This day is for adorable puppies. A day with dogs can make anyone happier.

  2. It lets us spend time with them

    With the busy life we have, it is extremely difficult to make time for pets. This day gives people the opportunity to spend time with dogs.

  3. It builds bonds

    It strengthens the bond between humans and pets. A day spent well with dogs can help in developing great memories.

National Dog Dad Day dates

YearDateDay
2022June 18Saturday
2023June 17Saturday
2024June 15Saturday
2025June 14Saturday
2026June 20Saturday

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