When and what is National Puppy Day?
March 23rd is National Puppy Day! It was established in 2006 by Colleen Paige who started her career at The National Institute of Dog Training in Los Angeles and since then has had over 20 years of dog behavior expertise. She created National Puppy Day as a time to appreciate and celebrate your young pups and all the happiness they bring. Some ways to celebrate could be to give them an extra treat and more play time!
How can I buy or adopt a puppy?
One of the primary ways people buy puppies are from breeders. However, it is important to find someone who is responsible and safe when raising their dogs. Make sure that the bred dogs live in a spacious and clean home. The breeder should also always be transparent and open about their practices. It is also advised to avoid puppy mills, large scale commercial breeding operations that often care more about profits than the actual well-being of the pets they raise. Although you may want to purchase a dog, it is highly encouraged for you to consider adopting one from an animal shelter or rescue. Not only is this more sustainable and healthy for the dogs in need of an owner, but also more financially responsible! Organizations like The Shelter Pet Project can help you find a great dog or puppy in your area!
What are some of the responsibilities of being a good pet owner?
Whether it’s shelter animals, rescue dogs, or homeless animals, your fluffy friends require only a few essentials from their owners. Being a good pet owner means feeding your pet properly, giving them exercise, bringing them in for annual checkups, giving them social interaction, and if it’s your first time getting a puppy, make sure to puppy proof your house. Most importantly, welcome your pet into the family and shower your furry friend with the attention they love and need. Our pets are not property that we own, but family members and companions that depend on us for their care.
Any fun facts to know?
The goal of National Puppy Day was not just meant to focus attention on puppies and shower them with puppy products, but also to raise awareness and put an end to the inhumane treatment of puppies in puppy mills. Puppy mills are unsanitary and cruel establishments that breed puppies for sale, and by adopting puppies, many lives are being saved. Here are some fun facts about these adorable animals that you may never have known. While human babies sleep an average of 16 hours a day, puppies sleep about 20 hours a day so they can fully develop. Their teeth, hearing and vision aren’t fully developed until 4 weeks. Researchers also say that looking at cute puppy photos helps people focus better.