Celebrating National Hug Your Dog Day

National Hug Your Dog Day is celebrated on April 10. It is a day dedicated to celebrating the love and companionship of our furry friends. On this day pet parents show their appreciation for their pets by hugging and appreciating them with treats, cuddles, and extra attention. 

When we hug our dogs, their bodies release a hormone called ‘oxytocin’ also known as the ‘feel-good hormone’ or the ‘cuddle hormone’. The warm, fuzzy feeling that you experience is felt because of the release of this hormone. It enhances trust and creates a sense of bonding between whoever is hugging. So, not only does a tight squeeze strengthen your bond with your furry baby, but it also shows them that you care.

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Why do we Celebrate National Hug Your Dog Day?

  • Dogs Deserve a Special Thank You

In addition to being the most adorable member of the family, dogs are unconditional lovers. Dogs are able to do things that we as humans are incapable of. They help us in various ways as sniffers and companions, in therapy, in search and rescue, and as police or military dogs.

  • Dogs are the Epitome of Love 

Dogs are packed animals, they hate being alone and are always eager to love, since you live under the same roof, you are their pack member. You might have noticed whenever you leave them alone for a long time they tend to get sad and immediately cheer up as they see you. 

  • Hugging your Dog Relieves Stress 

It has been proven that hugging your dog relieves stress. After a long day, when you are mentally exhausted, a cuddle with your furry baby immediately cheers you up. This works for your furry baby as well. Hugging them is a way to show your appreciation and it strengthens your bond with your dog. 

Fact# Dogs are known to understand human emotions and can tell when you are happy, sad, or upset. They also understand your laughter and the love you show to them when you hug them.         

How can we Celebrate National Hug Your Dog Day?  

There are no set ways in which you can celebrate this day, it depends on what you and your dog like to do. You can simply hug your dog as the day suggests. But, if you would like to plan something interesting and fun, here are some ways in which you can make your dog’s day special:

  • Go for a Walk or a Hike

Spending time with your pooch is probably the best way to celebrate this special day with them. Go on a walk, take a different route than the usual one or go for a hike. It will be the perfect way to spend time together.  

  • Go to a Dog Park 

As all dog lovers know dog parks are the best places for dogs as they love to play and spend time there. They not only meet and play with their friends but also get to exercise in the park. You can also invite other pet parents so your pooch will have more friends to play with.  

  • Treat your Dog with a Gourmet Meal or Snack 

As we have a special dinner for special days, treat your dog with a special meal or snack. There are various gourmet recipes available in the market, or you can make one on your own! Your dog will love having the special meal with its beloved parent.

Also, Read – National Dog Day: 5 Reasons Why Elderly Should Celebrate Too


Remember that not every dog likes to be hugged and it varies with every dog. Be sure to pay attention to your furry friend’s body language, if they seem to be avoiding the hug then you should not force it on them. But, if your dog likes to reciprocate your display of affection you can hug them for as long as you want!  So get hold of your dog and give them an extra cuddle today!