“This special day is a celebration of the human-animal bond, an opportunity to bring awareness to the importance of exercise for our pets, and how the game of fetch offers both,” says Petmate Executive Vice President Chris Wilson. “It’s the day to get outside and ‘Make Fetch Happen.'”
The Chuckit! Launcher, featuring an ergonomic handle for ultimate comfort and control, also provides a convenient hands-free pickup — meaning you no longer have to bend over to retrieve those slobbery tennis balls. Read on to discover more about Petmate dog toys and how you can take part in National Fetch Day! And remember to use the hashtags #MakeFetchHappen and #NationalFetchDay to let everyone know.
When is National Fetch Day 2019?
National Fetch Day falls on October 19 — the third Saturday in October.
National Fetch Day - History
Petmate, known back then as Doskocil Manufacturing, goes into business after creating the very first dog kennel. The company still remains passionate about providing fun, trusted quality products worldwide to enhance the lives of pets and their families.
Chuckit! available for the first time
The idea was simple: Make it easier to throw balls a lot farther. The Chuckit! Classic Launcher is a terrific way to exercise your dog without wearing yourself out.
- October 20, 2018
It's officially National Fetch Day
An interactive game of Fetch can encourage healthy movement and cardiovascular endurance for pets and pet owners, especially as active play decreases during the colder months.
The new UltraRing is the ultimate chase and fetch toy. It's designed with topspin action to engage your dog's natural chase instincts. That's because the UltraRing bounces erratically and hops wildly on the ground to make things a bit more challenging — and fun.
National Fetch Day Activities
Find a local event
Check out Petmate’s list of participating National Fetch Day party times and locations around the country. Make sure to pick up some free swag while you're there —and let's all "Make Fetch Happen" during 2019's top dog parties! Who knows? You might meet some pretty adorable dogs (and their attractive owners) along the way.
Post the pics on social media
Use the hashtags #MakeFetchHappen and #NationalFetchDay to let everyone know about the year's hottest dog holiday parties!
Use training techniques
National Fetch Day's a perfect time to bond with your dog. Use phrases like “go fetch” to add verbal cues to your ChuckIt! play session. Then of course, reinforce their good behavior with treats.
5 Fun Facts To Share At The Dog Park
Rescuers in the Bahamas discovered a dog who survived 20 days in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. He spent three weeks trapped under an air conditioner in the town of Marsh Harbour, on the Abaco Islands. His new name? Miracle.
Red, white and barking!
Americans loves dogs — and we own more than 75 million of them! France ranks #2 for most dog owners.
Dogs actually get jealous
Research shows your dog can feel jealous when they see you interacting with another animal. Spend some quality time with them this National Fetch Day!
The number of dogs named as the primary beneficiary in their owners’ wills hovers around one million!
The saluki is the world’s oldest dog
This breed turned up in Egyptian tombs from as early as 2100 BC. They were originally trained to help owners catch wild game.
Why We Love National Fetch Day
Health benefits for our dogs
Here's celebrity vet Dr. Jeff Werber on the benefits of playing Fetch: "Just like humans, there is a strong correlation to obesity in pets when they eat more and exercise less. An estimated 50 percent of dogs and cats in this country are overweight or, worse yet, obese. It's important to get your pet up and moving. Fetch play is a terrific way to increase stamina and keep your pup in shape."
Health benefits for us
Don't even think about scrolling through your phone during your dog's playtime. We expect you to get some exercise too! If not, at least make some new (human) friends at the dog park. Everyone (not just dogs) gets to socialize on National Fetch Day.
Other dogs benefit too
Petmate regularly donates a variety of Chuckit! and other assorted toys to dozens of local rescue organizations, helping dogs find their forever home.