Did you know that March 23rd is National Puppy Day? I wasn’t aware of it before, but now that we have our Australian Shepherd pup? It is on my radar
National Puppy Day is all about celebrating the unconditional love and affection puppies bring to our lives.
National Puppy Day Fun Free Printable Worksheets
This 8-page activity pack of mine is educational, yet fun. While id doesn’t really teach about puppies, it teaches basic skills most little need to work on: math, English, Tracing letters and numbers, simple counting, mazes for deductive reasoning, and I Spy for finding items among others.
Let’s talk about National Puppy Day First
It is nice to be able to teach kids a little about a special day before and while you work on themed sheets that enforce those concepts.
At what age is a dog no longer a pup?
While many people think the magic answer is one year – it technically averages out at around 9 months. This shouldn’t surprise many as when a pup is 6 months old, they are able to be spayed or neutered.
Here is the thing – it varies by the dog breed! The larger the breed of dog, the longer it takes them to “grow up”. So, a Yorkshire Terrier will stop being a puppy long before a St Bernard will.
When did National Puppy Day Start?
National Puppy Day was founded in 2006 by Pet Lifestyle Expert, Animal Behaviorist, and Author, Colleen Paige.
Is there a hashtag?
Yup! If you plan to celebrate and share pics of your precious fur baby – make sure you use #NationalPuppyDay to share in all the social media fun.
Puppy and Dog Movies to watch
Puppy Time is on Amazon Prime Video. Featuring the world’s cutest and most loved and treasured breeds including Pugs, Labradors, Dachshunds, and Pekingese – these furry pups will have you laughing, crying, swooning, and barking for more as we watch them discover their new world.
A Dog’s Journey Adapted from W. Bruce Cameron’s best-selling novels, the pair of syrupy films follow a Buddhist philosophy, imagining a world in which a dog’s spirit reincarnates in the body of a new adorable puppy (somehow, voiced by Josh Gad even when it’s a female) and pursues its original human to eternity.
A Dog’s Purpose is on Amazon Prime Video too! In the 1950s, a feral puppy is born, wondering what life’s true purpose is. Two weeks later, he is whisked away to the dog pound and quickly euthanized, wondering if “fun” truly is life’s purpose. His strong spirit is reborn and reincarnated as a newborn Retriever puppy in 1961.
A Dog’s Way Home As a puppy, Bella finds her way into the arms of Lucas, a young man who gives her a good home. When Bella becomes separated from Lucas, she soon finds herself on an epic 400-mile journey to reunite with her beloved owner.
Better Yet – how about Dog Tv?
Those are just a few great reasons to snuggle up on the couch with puppers and share some popcorn!
Other ways to celebrate National Puppy Day:
Go to the dog park and let your puppy play.
You need to make sure you follow your local rules – in our town? You need to have your dog licensed and also get an annual permit. That permit helps pay for maintenance of the dog park – which is pretty awesome. They even stock poo bags!
Pick up a special treat for your puppy.
So, Mom has a frugal living website – something about saving over $40,000 in less than a year so we could pay cash for this house five years ago. (see it here).
She is all about bargains! We know that no-hide bones are better for our Taz than rawhide, but beef bones? They are 75% less expensive. All you have to do is ask the butcher at the meat counter of your local grocery store – they often have cow femur bones in their freezer – just for dogs!
No worries – you aren’t getting a FULL cow femur, but a section of it. Many people use them to make beef bone broth, etc. One 6-inch section runs anywhere from $1.50-2.50 vs the $13 of the foot long no-hide gem at the pet store.
The actual beef bone lasts a lot longer too! Taz can kill off that no-hide bone in about 2 hours as she is a “super-chewer”. The beef bones? It takes almost a week for her to get all the marrow out and then decide to pop in into the back yard somewhere.
Do keep your eye out for National Puppy Day sales at the local pet stores too – you never know what kind of bargains you can find!
Go for a walk with your young friend.
It is always a good idea to spend a little one-on-one time with your furry friend. When looking at how long should you play with a puppy a day? The consensus is a MINIMUM of 30 minutes.
My great grandpa was a professor of zoology for the local university and he used to say that cats and dogs were about as smart as a toddler. The more you worked with them, the more little wrinkles their brains would get and the smarter they became.
This goes for touch, talking to them, playing with them, and more. So spend time with your canine pal- it benefits both of you!
Now, let’s get to my National Puppy Day Worksheets!
First of all, you can print them off here:
TIP: If you want to use this set more than once and not keep printing it out? Pop the pages into a set of sheet protectors and you are ready us use with a write on – wipe off marker.
Let’s start with English and writing:
Tracing the letters is a great way to get the littles started in writing. After they have traced them all – try singing the ABC song with them and use your finger to follow along.
P is for Puppy – practice those upper case and lower case letters
While tracing, start working on puppy vocabulary. NO, I don’t mean “bark” and “woof” – I mean the things usually associated with a puppy.
Say the picture, trace it’s word, and then try to write the word by yourself. Once you have those words down, you may be ready for the unscramble page!
Some of the words are the same and a few are added in for an additional challenge.
Now, let’s talk math. Continuing with the tracing theme, but using numbers instead – you can count up to 5.
Follow that up with the I Spy and you have a hunt and peck counting challenge.
Teach them to cross off the items they count so it helps prevent them from counting them more than one time – it’s critical reasoning and logical tips.
Fun, Yet educational worksheets:
Mazes are actually critical thinking exercises.
The last one? Is to help pick out items that don’t belong – it is part of picking out differences between items.
I hope you have fun playing with my National Puppy Day worksheets – and make time to spend with your fur baby!