Observed each year on March 23rd, National Puppy Day celebrates the unconditional love and affection puppies bring to our lives. Their cuddles and wiggles make us smile and without a doubt, there are squeals of delight when there are puppies around!

The day also brings awareness to the need for care of and homes for orphaned pups as well as to educate people about the horrors of puppy mills across the country. Puppies are a big responsibility. Be sure to consider everything involved and adopt from a shelter. The puppies there need love and a home just as much as any other and they grow into loyal pets, too!

According to the ASPCA, approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters every year. Some of these dogs come with litters of puppies. If you’re seeking a puppy to start your furry family, check the shelters first. When these abandoned and abused animals find their way to a shelter, each one needs a forever home and their potential is limitless.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPuppyDay

  • Use #NationalPuppyDay and post photos of your puppy on social media.
  • Go to the dog park and let your puppy play.
  • Pick up a special treat for your puppy.
  • Go for a walk with your young friend.

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National Puppy Day was founded in 2006 by Pet Lifestyle Expert, Animal Behaviorist and Author, Colleen Paige.  Paige is also the founder of National Dog Day and National Cat Day.

Puppy FAQ

Q. When do puppies become adults?
A. Puppies attain adulthood at various ages depending on the breed and size of the animal. However, they typically become adult dogs between their first and second birthday.

Q. Which is easier to train, puppies or adult dogs?
A. Both puppies and adult dogs can be successfully trained. However, puppies haven’t developed any bad habits yet, so training a puppy is often easier than training an adult animal.

Q. Do I have to have a puppy to celebrate National Puppy Day?
A. No. Anyone who is a dog lover can celebrate the day.