National Hug Your Dog Day

National Hug Your Dog Day is observed next on Thursday, April 10th, 2025 (291 days from today).

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April 10th every year is National Hug Your Dog Day in order to appreciate all the joy their dogs bring them and to shower them with love.

History of National Hug Your Dog Day

Hugging your dog releases a hormone in both dogs and humans called “oxytocin,” which is officially known as the “cuddle hormone.” A tight squeeze not only strengthens your bond, but also shows that you care about your pet. Today is a day to celebrate your dog for all he does.

So give your dog a hug and give them an extra cuddle today!

Reasons for National Hug Your Dog Day being loved

  • Dogs deserve a special thank you

In addition to their role as unconditional lovers and cuddlers, dogs serve humans in many ways by taking on important jobs, including those that humans are incapable of doing, such as sniffing for drugs and bombs.

  • Dogs love to be loved

Historically, dogs have been herd animals, which is why they hate being alone. Hence the barking, howling and chewing of your favorite shoes when you are not home. When you adopt a pet, it means you are their pack, so cut their slack for forgetting personal space and squeeze them in on National Hug Your Dog Day.

  • The dogs are very grateful

Just having you home is enough to make their day happy - especially on National Hug Your Dog Day. For many dogs, the mere mention of the word "walk" is enough to get them pounding.

Activities in National Hug Your Dog Day

  • Go for a walk

Take the dog for an extra-long walk today or even to the local dog park. After seeing how happy that makes them, you'll wonder why you don't do it more often.

  • Dating a wolf

Take your pet dog to a dog-friendly restaurant. Some have special deals so you can dine together. If they're a very good dog, take them out for ice cream afterwards; just don't give them too much.

  • Celebrating the history of dogs

To honor your pet on this sacred day, give them a hug, give them a long belly rub, and cuddle them on the floor or couch while the two of you watch your favorite dog movie together. From "Lassie" to "Scooby Doo", there are many famous dogs to celebrate.


National Hug Your Dog Day has been observed annually on April 10th.


Monday, April 10th, 2023

Wednesday, April 10th, 2024

Thursday, April 10th, 2025

Friday, April 10th, 2026

Saturday, April 10th, 2027

Founded by

Ami Moore

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