March 2021 Canine Occasions and Holidays

Cold, rainy, sunny, cloudy – the month of March has it all. Give your pup a little spring by checking out these dog events and holidays in March 2021. Make sure to check the event websites to see if the event will be in person or virtually. Don’t see your dog event on the list? Email us at and we would be happy to host your dog event.

March 2021: Animal Poison Prevention Month

Human medications (prescription and over-the-counter), chocolate, and food are just some of the top dog toxins you need to keep your dog away. Update your memory of other canine toxins and what to do about them by reading the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control section on their website.

Animal-loving children aged 6 to 8 can participate in the 5th annual Vet Set Go “Become a Veterinarian Camp Contest 2021” by writing and submitting an essay. Photo courtesy Auburn University Junior Vet Camp

March 1 – March 31, 2021: Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine Junior Vet Camp online essay contest

Veterinarian Set Go, along with Merck Animal Health, invites 6th to 8th grade students to take part in the 5th annual Vet Set Go “Become a Veterinarian Camp Contest 2021”. The online essay contest awards three prizes for tween and teen students Auburn University Junior Vet Camp from July 11th to 16th, 2021 at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, one of the leading veterinary schools in the country. The online essay contest opens on Monday March 1st and entries are due by Wednesday March 31st. The prize package is valued at $ 845 and includes camp tuition, room and board at the Auburn Junior Veterinary Camp in Auburn, Ala. Transportation to camp is the responsibility of the winners. The contest opens at 8 a.m. EST on Monday, March 1, 2021. An online submission of the essay is available at The contest ends on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 and all essays are due by 11:59 p.m. EST. The three selected winners will be informed of their free experience in the Junior Vet Camp by May 30, 2021. The prize package is valued at $ 845 and includes camp tuition, room and board at the Auburn Junior Veterinary Camp in Auburn, Ala. Transportation to camp is the responsibility of the winners.

March 2021 dog eventsSay hello to Hollywood dogs with the AKC’s newest virtual exhibit. Photo courtesy of the AKC Museum of the Dog.

January 5 – April 11, 2021: Hollywood Dogs Virtual Tour

Enjoy the AKC Museum of the Dog’s Hollywood Dogs exhibition from the comfort of your home. This is a free virtual event, although donations are greatly appreciated. Further information can be found at

March 2021 dog eventsThe documentary STRAY, directed and produced by Elizabeth Lo, will premiere on March 5th.

March 5, 2021: Premiere of the documentary STRAY

STRAY was filmed through the eyes of three stray dogs in Istanbul and explored what it means to live as a being without status or security. Zeytin, Nazar and Kartal are looking for food and shelter that travel through Turkish society and give viewers an unvarnished portrait of human life and dog culture. The unequal lives of Zeytin, Nazar and Kartal overlap when they form close relationships with a group of young Syrians who share the streets with them. The gaze of these strays acts as a window into the overlooked corners of society: women in loveless marriages, demonstrators without weapons, refugees without refuge. The film is a critical observation of human civilization through the unfamiliar gaze of dogs and a sensory journey into new perspectives. Directed and produced by Elizabeth Lo.

Are you thinking of becoming a professional pet sitter?  This week celebrates this wonderful profession.Photo: chabybucko / Getty Images

March 7th – March 13th 2021: Professional Pet Sitter Week

Founded in 1995 by Pet Sitters International (PSI), this 27th annual event honors professional zookeepers and educates pet owners about the benefits of professional pet care at home. Looking for a fun career? Checkout professional pet sitting at

Courtesy Universal Studios

March 12, 2021: Universal Studios Hollywood premieres Universal & The Secret Life of Pets: Off Leash Attraction Shop

Universal Studios Hollywood is taking its first step in reopening with the launch of “Taste of Universal”, a lively outdoor dining and shopping experience that takes place on weekends from Friday to Sunday from 12pm to 7pm in selected themed areas (rides, shows and attractions will not operate during this experience.) Guests can also preview the Secret Lives of Pets at the off-leash attraction store, The Pets Store, where guests can purchase the most popular The Secret Life of Pets goodies . Minion Way and Pets Place vertical streets next to Illuminations Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and the brand new The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash Rides take guests on a stroll through the movie’s scenic New York City streets as they explore the themed surroundings . The animation shop that is home to Hello Kitty and her friends from Sanrio is one of the park’s exciting shopping options. Physically distant photo opportunities with selected favorite characters offer guests the opportunity to reconnect with Universal Studios Hollywood and share their experiences with friends and family via social media. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

March 13, 2021: K-9 Veterans Day

Honor those wonderful canines who sacrificed and served in the American military. Here are the states that officially recognize this compliance: Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, Virginia, and West Virginia. Do you want to support military dogs? The most recent support legislation was HR 6188 – Support Our Military Working Dogs Act, introduced in March 2020 by Representative John Garamendi. Keep track of this here.

Be active with Laura Native appears exclusively on DOGTV.

From March 15, 2021: Be active with Laura Native premieres on DOGTV

Laura Pativo explores new outdoor adventures that you can experience with your dogs – from paddling to agility, swimming to treasure hunts, certified professional dog trainer. The 11-episode series produced by DOGTV is filmed on location at the Wild Blue Dog Camp in beautiful Lake Tahoe, NV, and showcases the wide range of activities that can be done with dogs (and people) of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds. From March 15, 2021, new episodes of “Be Active” will be released every Monday on all cable and satellite partners of DOGTV. Comcast Xfinity, Sling, Cox, Mediacom and RCN as well as the DOGTV streaming channel. DOGTV can be streamed with AppleTV, Amazon FireTV, Roku, some Samsung SmarTVs, Xbox as well as iOS and Android devices.

March 21, 2021: Premiere of the truffle hunters

Puppy has a nose for truffles? Or do you just love watching a good documentary? This takes us to the forests of Piedmont, Italy, where three high-ranking truffle hunters are in search of a rare and expensive white Alba truffle. Of course, we dog lovers will be trapped in the well-trained men’s truffle hounds. Directed by Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw.

March 15, 2021: NAVC starts new virtual initiative

The North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) is launching new virtual programs and events to enable interactive year-long learning tailored to individual learning preferences anytime, anywhere. These include special events taking place on the unique 3D interactive platform, micro-learning videos, live webinars, podcasts and more that offer veterinarians year-round new options and flexibility to plan and achieve their learning goals. The NAVC now offers more than 700 hours of CE through its virtual portfolio that focuses on individual learning preferences: observe, read, listen, participate and certify. The first new offering, a series of micro-learning videos, goes live on March 15 and features short videos every month that offer immersive learning on a variety of topics that can be immediately applied to clinical practice. The first tier includes dentistry and cardiology. More at

March 16, 2021: NAVC Virtual Diabetes Summit

The NAVC will host its first live virtual summit, the Boehringer Ingelheim-sponsored NAVC Virtual Diabetes Summit, which features a comprehensive, three-seat, case-based presentation by Cynthia Ward, VMD, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM), an internist and reproductive endocrinologist specialist at the University of Georgia. More at

March 21 – March 27, 2021: National Poison Prevention Week

Use social media to remind your animal-loving friends that medications (prescription and over-the-counter), chocolate, and groceries are just some of the top pet toxins and what to do about them. Check out the Animal Poison Control section of the ASPCA on their website.

March 23, 2021: National Puppy Day

Are you thinking about saving a puppy? Today is a great day to start your research. If you can’t adopt a puppy, support your local rescue by volunteering, fundraising, or promoting social awareness.

March 24 – March 26, 2021: Global Pet Expo

Presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), this fair for the pet industry will take place in a fully digital format. Global Pet Expo Digital Access is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass market buyers, and other qualified professionals. More information at

March 31, 2021: Virtual veterinary seminar Veterinary pleural space and lung ultrasound for daily practice.

Clarius Mobile Health is addressing the need for ultrasound training by hiring ultrasound educators to deliver hands-on webinars for veterinarians. On Wednesday March 31st, Dr. Soren Boysen and Dr. Serge Chalhoub will discuss the various causes of coughs and breathing difficulties in cats and dogs in a one-hour webinar: pleural space at the vet and lung ultrasound for daily practice. The free registration is now open.

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