Dug Up with Dogster: March 2021 Dog Events and Holidays


Cold, rainy, sunny, cloudy — the month of March has it all. So, put a little spring in your pup’s step by checking out these March 2021 dog events and holidays. Remember to dig into the websites of the event to see if the event will take place in person or virtual. Don’t see your dog event on the list? Email us at dogstermag@belvoir.com and we would be happy to include your dog event.

March 2021: Pet 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 from. Refresh your memory of other dog toxins and what you can do about them by checking out the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control section on its website.

March 2021 Dog Events
Animal-loving kids ages 6th through 8th grade can enter 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

Vet Set Go, together with Merck Animal Health, invites 6th through 8th grade students to enter the 5th annual Vet Set Go “Become a Veterinarian Camp Contest 2021.” The online essay contest will award three prizes for tween and teen students to attend the Auburn University’s Junior Vet Camp from July 11-16, 2021, at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, one of the nation’s premiere veterinarian schools. Online essay contest opens Monday, March 1st and entries are due by Wednesday, March 31st. The prize package is valued at $845 and includes camp tuition and room and board at the Auburn Junior Veterinary Camp in Auburn, Ala. Transportation to the camp is the responsibility of the winners. The contest opens on Monday, March 1, 2021 at 8 a.m. EST, with an online essay submission available at www.vetsetgo.com. The contest ends on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, with all essays due by 11:59 p.m. EST. The three selected winners will be notified of their free Junior Vet Camp experience by May 30, 2021. The prize package is valued at $845 and includes camp tuition and room and board at the Auburn Junior Veterinary Camp in Auburn, Ala. Transportation to the camp is the responsibility of the winners.

March 2021 Dog Events
Say hello to Hollywood dogs with the AKC’s latest virtual exhibit. Photo courtesy of AKC Museum of the Dog.

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

Enjoy the AKC’s Museum of the Dog’s special exhibition Hollywood Dogs from the comfort of your own home. This is a free virtual event, although donations are greatly appreciated. See museumofthedog.org for more information.

March 2021 Dog Events
Directed and Produced by Elizabeth Lo, the Documentary STRAY premieres March 5th.

March 5, 2021: Premiere of documentary STRAY

Filmed through the eyes of three stray dogs in Istanbul, STRAY explores what it means to live as a being without status or security. Zeytin, Nazar and Kartal search for food and shelter journeying through Turkish society, which gives viewers an unvarnished portrait of human life and canine culture. The disparate lives of Zeytin, Nazar and Kartal intersect when they each form intimate bonds with a group of young Syrians who share the streets with them. The gaze of these strays act as windows into the overlooked corners of society: women in loveless marriages, protesters without arms, refugees without sanctuary. The film is a critical observation of human civilization through the unfamiliar gaze of dogs and a sensory voyage into new ways of seeing. Directed and Produced by Elizabeth Lo.

Thinking about becoming a professional pet sitter? This week celebrates this wonderful profession.
Photo: chabybucko/Getty Images

March 7 – March 13, 2021: Professional Pet Sitters Week

Created by Pet Sitters International (PSI) in 1995, this 27th annual observance honors professional pet-care providers, while educating pet owners of the advantages of professional in-home pet care. Looking for a fun career? Checkout professional pet sitting at petsit.com.


Courtesy Universal Studios

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

Universal Studios Hollywood takes its first step in re-opening with the introduction of “Taste of Universal,” a lively outdoor dining and shopping experience taking place within select themed lands on weekends—Friday to Sunday from noon to 7:00 p.m. (Rides, shows and attractions will not be operational during this experience.) Guests can also preview The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash attraction shop, The Pets Store, where guests can purchase favorite The Secret Life of Pets-themed goodies.  Minion Way and Pets Place perpendicular streets located adjacent to Illumination’s Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and all-new The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash rides will take guests on a stroll through the film’s scenic New York City streets as they explore the themed environment. The Animation Store, home to Hello Kitty and her friends from Sanrio are among the park’s exciting shopping options. Physically distanced photo opportunities with select favorite characters will offer guests the chance to reconnect with Universal Studios Hollywood and share their experiences with friends and family via social media.Visit UniversalStudiosHollywood.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

March 13, 2021: K-9 Veterans Day

Honor those wonderful canines that have sacrificed and served in the American military. Here’s to the states that officially recognize this observance: Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, Virginia and West Virginia. Want to support military dogs? The latest legislation to support them was H.R. 6188 — Support Our Military Working Dogs Act, introduced March 2020 by Representative John Garamendi. Keep track of this here.


Be Active with Laura Native appears exclusively on DOGTV.

Starting March 15, 2021: Be Active with Laura Native premieres on DOGTV

From paddleboarding to agility, swimming to treasure hunt, certified professional dog trainer, Laura Nativo explores new outdoor adventures to have with your dogs. Produced by DOGTV, the 11-episode series is shot on site 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, ability levels and backgrounds. New episodes of “Be Active” will be released every Monday starting on March 15, 2021 on all DOGTV’s cable and satellite partners; Comcast Xfinity, Sling, Cox, Mediacom and RCN, as well as the DOGTV streaming channel.  DOGTV can be streamed using AppleTV, Amazon FireTV, Roku, some Samsung SmarTVs, Xbox and iOS and Android devices.


March 21, 2021: Premiere of The Truffle Hunters

Pup got a nose for truffles? Or just love watching a good documentary? This one takes us to the forests of Piedmont, Italy, where three senior truffle-hunting men are on the search for a rare and expensive white Alba truffle. Of course, we dog lovers will get caught up in the mens’ highly-trained truffle-hunting dogs. Directed by Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw.


March 15, 2021: NAVC Launches New Virtual Initiative

The North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) is launching new virtual programs and events to provide interactive year-long learning anytime, anywhere, customized to individual learning preferences. This includes special events hosted on its unique 3D, interactive platform, micro-learning videos, live webinars, podcasts and more, providing veterinary professionals new options and flexibility to plan and meet their learning goals all year long. The NAVC will now offer more than 700 hours of CE through its virtual portfolio, centered around individual learning preferences: Watch, Read, Listen, Attend and Certify. The first new offering, a series of micro-learning videos, goes live March 15, and will present short-form videos each month that offer immersive learning in a variety of topics that can be immediately applied to clinical practice. The first series include dentistry and cardiology. More at navc.com.

March 16, 2021: NAVC Virtual Diabetes Summit

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

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

Take to social media to remind your pet-loving friends that human medications (prescription and over-the-counter), chocolate and food are just some of the top pet toxins and what they can do about them. Check out the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control section on its website.

March 23, 2021: National Puppy Day

Thinking about rescuing a puppy? Today’s a great day to start your research. If you can’t adopt a puppy, support your local rescue by volunteering, raising funds or promoting social awareness.

March 24 – March 26, 2021: Global Pet Expo

Presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), this pet industry trade show 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 www.globalpetexpo.org.

March 31, 2021:  Virtual Veterinarian Seminar Veterinary Point-of-Care Pleural Space and Lung Ultrasound for Everyday Practice.

Clarius Mobile Health is addressing the need for ultrasound training by engaging ultrasound educators to deliver practical educational webinars for veterinarians. On Wednesday, March 31, Dr. Soren Boysen and Dr. Serge Chalhoub will discuss differentiating common causes of cough and respiratory difficulties in cats and dogs during a one-hour webinar: Veterinary Point-of-Care Pleural Space and Lung Ultrasound for Everyday Practice. Free registration is now open.

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