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Hug Your Hound Day
SunSep 8

National Hug Your Hound Day – September 8, 2024

National Hug Your Hound Day is celebrated on the Second Sunday in September, falling on September 8 this year, to honor man’s best friend. Dogs have been standing loyally by our side since the dawn of time. They might even have been the very first animals to have been domesticated and felt affection for humans. Dogs have a solid reputation of being warm and loving companions, loyal workers, and trustworthy defenders of the homes they live in. Hug Your Hound Day is a gentle reminder that our four-legged friends deserve our love and attention. This day encourages pet owners to renew their bond with their dogs and show them that they are indeed your best friend.

History of National Hug Your Hound Day

National Hug Your Hound Day was started by Ami Moore, the “Dog Whisperer of Chicago.” She created the day to celebrate the long and lasting bond between a dog and its owner. Ami Moore is best known for her exceptional qualifications that have led to her being one of the world’s most famous dog experts. She was trained as a Native American Medicine Woman, and her expertise has been testified by a series of degrees and honors. She works with the singular purpose of increasing the health and happiness of canines all over the world. Along with medical and behavioral help, she aims to achieve that through Hug Your Hound Day celebrations.

Ami has a long history of working in canine behavior and problem-solving. She’s best known for pioneering the concept of positive reinforcement using electronic dog training equipment to encourage a dog’s natural drive to follow a strong leader. Through the development and use of her techniques, Ami has helped better the rowdy behaviors in dogs all over the world, creating a better relationship between them and their owners. Some of the issues that Ami has successfully treated are a dog’s tendency of destroying furniture, jumping on guests, experiencing separation anxiety, and socializing them so they’re no longer aggressive to people and other dogs. Needless to say, her expertise has made the world a better and safer place for dogs and dog lovers. Hug Your Hound Day is about bettering your relationship with your pet by learning humane techniques and being patient with your dogs during their learning period.

National Hug Your Hound Day timeline


Probably the most famous pet dog is born in Odate, Japan.

Dog in Space

Laika the dog becomes the first animal to go to space.


The first episode of “Scooby-Doo” airs on TV.

“Marley & Me”

One of the most popular dog movies starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston is released.

National Hug Your Hound Day FAQs

What is the smartest dog?

Border Collie may be the world’s smartest dog. They are the world’s best sheepherders. They are prized for their intelligence, extraordinary instinct, and working ability. 

What is National Hug Your Hound Day?

Hug Your Hound Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in September every year as a way of showing love to our canine friends. 

Is there a Bring Your Dog to Work day?

National Take Your Dog to Work Day is on June 25.

How To Celebrate Hug Your Hound Day

  1. Hug your hound

    You should hug your hound several times every day, but remember to hug them extra hard today! We advise giving them kisses, cuddles, and belly rubs too.

  2. Adopt a dog

    For those of you who don’t have a dog yet, consider adopting one on Hug Your Hound Day. Drop by a local animal shelter to see which dog is compatible with you.

  3. Volunteer at an animal shelter

    You can also drop by an animal shelter and volunteer your time to help out the dogs and other animals. You can also donate to charities that look after stray dogs.

5 Facts About Dogs That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. No two dog noses are the same

    A dog’s nose is the equivalent of a human fingerprint. They have a unique pattern of ridges and creases.

  2. Dogs aren’t actually color-blind

    Dogs don’t see the world in black and white, they can actually see a spectrum of color.

  3. A golden retriever has been mayor

    Max the golden retriever became the very first mayor of Idyllwild in 2012.

  4. Three dogs survived the Titanic

    Two Pomeranians and one Pekingese survived the sinking of the ship, Titanic.

  5. Dogs have an exceptional vocabulary

    Dogs can learn over 1,000 words.

Why We Love National Hug Your Hound Day

  1. Dogs are man’s best friend

    Hug Your Hound Day celebrates the deep bond that humans share with dogs. This is the day to cherish the friendship that we share with animals.

  2. A day to spend with your pet

    An entire day to spend with your pet has got to be the best thing ever. Dogs love spending time and playing with their owners, and today is the day to have the most fun with your pet.

  3. Encourages us to be better pet parents

    Since Hug Your Hound Day is also about learning more about a dog’s health and behavior, the day helps us become better pet parents by sharing important knowledge with us.

National Hug Your Hound Day dates

2022September 11Sunday
2023September 10Sunday
2024September 8Sunday
2025September 14Sunday
2026September 13Sunday

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