Happy New Year, pet parents! To help kick off 2014, we found all the best pet holidays you should be celebrating this month. So while you’re busy fending off the cold and keeping to your New Year’s resolution, here are a couple of fun holidays you can observe to help spice up your pet’s January:
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National Pet Travel Safety Day – January 2
With all the resolutions we’re making to improve ourselves, January 2nd is a perfect time to inform everyone about the best and safest way to travel with your pet. This day spreads awareness of how to properly travel with your pet. Safe travels!
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National Dress Up Your Pet Day – January 14
This celebration focuses to the lighter side of pet life by emphasizing the fun that can be had by playing a little dress up with your pet. This holiday goes over the safest way to get your pet into costume, and also reminds us to not force your pet to wear anything they’re not comfortable in. Remember, costumes are supposed to be fun!
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National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day – January 22
Most of us go idly by, never stopping to think about how our cats are perceiving what is going on around them, which to a cat, might be very strange. “Where do you go all day?” “Why can’t I go on the couch?” “Where is your litter box?”
These are just a few of the questions that might be rattling around your kitty’s noggin. This day is dedicated to taking some time to put yourself into their shoes (or paws?).
Change a Pet’s Life Day – January 24
This day is dedicated to setting aside some time to help those pets in need, whether by adopting, becoming a foster parent, or volunteering at a shelter. Every day, thousands of pets go without a loving home or people to look after them. If we all lend a hand, we can make a huge difference.
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Seeing Eye Guide Dog Birthday – January 29
On this day we honor the anniversary of the incorporation of The Seeing Eye, the first school for training guide dogs in America. Founded in 1929, this school will have provided assistance to the blind for 85 years, giving many of these people a sense of independence, as well as a loyal companion.
All Month Long:
Brought to us by The Association of Pet Dog Trainers. The APDT will be hosting free webinars chock full of useful tips for training your pup. Covering all the basics, and some advanced commands, January is dedicated to making sure every dog is given the opportunity to receive top notch training.
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Just because it’s chilly outside, does not mean you can slack on the length of your daily walks. This month long celebration is designed to keep us all honest in terms of our wintertime walks. Take your pet for a run, or go for a hike in the woods — just make sure that you don’t fall into a cold weather rut.
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While many pet parents feel like it is better to give their dog the freedom to roam around their yard at their leisure, leaving your dog outside this time of year can result in a number of health complications, from dehydration to frostbite. In an effort to help make this winter more pleasant for dogs everywhere, PETA has taken the month of January to spread awareness about the importance of bringing dogs inside during the chilly months. So this year, be conscious of how the cold can affect your dog and make sure you do everything you can to keep them warm.
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