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When & What Is Thankful for My Dog Day? 2023 Update

Adam Mann

By Adam Mann

Lady carrying Cute little French bulldog

Thankful for My Dog Day falls on November 23rd every year, and for 2023, that means it falls on Thanksgiving! While it’s one more thing for you to keep track of around this time of the year, it’s well worth it.

But where does Thankful for My Dog Day come from, and how can you celebrate it? We’ve answered both of those questions for you below!

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History of Thankful for My Dog Day

The M.Y.O.S established Thankful for My Dog Day in 2020, which is a company that creates products to support dog muscle growth and prevent muscle loss as they age. It’s a day dedicated to appreciating these pets as one of our own family members, and we always love an extra excuse to spend some more time with our pups and pamper them.

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The 6 Ways to Celebrate Thankful for My Dog Day

Now that you know when Thankful for My Dog Day is and why it’s a thing, it’s time to learn about some great ways to celebrate it.

1. Set Up Playdates

Most dogs love getting together with other canines, and this makes it one of the best ways for you to celebrate Thankful for My Dog Day. You’re likely already inviting friends or family over for the Thanksgiving holiday this year, so why not let them know their pups are welcome and make it a holiday for everyone involved—pets included.

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2. Bring Special Gifts

You love getting presents for birthdays and holidays, so why wouldn’t your pup? Find something your dog likes and add it to their collection. This could be a soft new bed for them to sleep on or a fun new toy for them to play with. Just find what your pup likes best and go with that!

3. Get Your Dog Out and About

We’ve yet to meet a dog that doesn’t love being outside when the weather is nice, and if there’s an opportunity to get your pet outside a little longer than normal on Thankful for Your Dog Day, you should take it. It’s one of the easiest ways for you to celebrate the day, but it’s also likely one of your dog’s favorites.

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4. Spend Extra Time With Them

We all have busy lives, and all too often our pups don’t get the full amount of attention they deserve. Giving your pet a little extra time on Thankful for Your Dog Day won’t cost you a dime, but it’s one of the best ways for you to show them that you care for them and love them.

5. Give Them New Treats

If your dog is like the ones we know, they’ll certainly appreciate a few new treats to chow down on. Not only will it make your pup happy, but you might just find them a new favorite option simply by giving them a little more variety to try.

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6. Belly Rubs!

What dog doesn’t love a good belly rub? It’s a beneficial way for you to make your pet feel a little extra special, and compared to many of the other options on our list, it’s one of the easiest to do. Still, your dog will appreciate it, so go ahead and make them feel a little extra special.

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Final Thoughts

Now that you know a little more about Thankful for Your Dog Day, it’s up to you to take the time to find a few extra ways to appreciate them on this day. While it might seem unnecessary, your pet shows you unlimited love each day, and they’re more than worth the little extra attention one day out of the year.

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