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National Fetch Day

Celebrate National Fetch Day with your pup - get out and play a game of fetch in the park for some quality bonding time!
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Get ready to celebrate National Fetch Day on the third Saturday in October! This holiday is all about celebrating our furry friends and encouraging them to get out and enjoy some quality time, whether it's at a park, beach or even your own backyard. The history of fetch dates back centuries and is said to have originated from a game of stick throwing between English lords during the 17th century. Today, fetch has become a popular way for dogs and their owners to spend time together outdoors. So grab your pooch, a stick or ball and head outside for some fun!

History of National Fetch Day

National Fetch Day Dates

National Fetch Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1600s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Fetch: The Beginnings</div><div class='timeline-text'>The origins of fetch are traced back to 17th century England where English lords played a stick-throwing game that laid the foundation for fetch.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Recognized as Dog Play</div><div class='timeline-text'>By the 19th century, fetch had transformed from a human game into a popular dog activity, forming an essential part of canine play and training.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1940s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Inclusion in Dog Training Literature</div><div class='timeline-text'>Fetch was increasingly mentioned in dog training literature and guides, signifying its growing significance in advice on pet care and training.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1985</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>The First Dog Frisbee Championships</div><div class='timeline-text'>Fetch took sporting form with the organization of The World Canine Frisbee Championships, emphasizing the entertainment and competitive potential of fetch.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2018</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First National Fetch Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>Petmate, the pet product company, founded National Fetch Day highlighting the importance of exercise for dogs and cementing fetch as a beloved activity for pets and their owners.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Fetch Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Play fetch with your pet</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>What better way to celebrate National Fetch Day than by playing a game of fetch with your pet!  Make sure to use a toy that your pet enjoys, and have fun.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go to the park</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take a trip to the park and play fetch with friends and their pets.  Enjoy the fresh air, exercise and some good old fashioned fun.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make a fetch themed party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Create a fetch themed party complete with fetch themed decorations and food. Invite friends and their pets for a fun and festive day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Compete in a fetch tournament</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Find out if your local pet store or animal shelter is hosting a fetch tournament. Put your skills to the test and compete for a prize.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go for a fetch walk</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Go for a walk around the neighborhood, playing fetch with your pet as you go.  Enjoy the outdoors and the company of your furry friend!</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Fetch Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Fetch is fun!</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Playing fetch is a great way to spend time with your furry friend. It's also a great way to tire them out, as they have to run back and forth between you in order to get the toy. Plus, it's so much fun to watch your pup excitedly sprint around trying to find the toy!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Fetch encourages good behavior</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Playing fetch can help train your dog to obey commands such as 'Sit', 'Come', or 'Drop.' Through repetition, your dog will learn that if they do something correctly for you, they'll be rewarded with a treat or their favorite toy - which makes them more likely to repeat the behavior again in the future.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Fetch is an excellent form of exercise</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Playing fetch with your pet is an excellent way for them (and you!) to stay active. Not only does it keep both parties mentally stimulated, but it provides physical exercise - perfect for burning off some energy while having fun at the same time.</p></div></div>

5 Unexpected Facts for National Fetch Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Fetch Develops Bond Between Pet and Owner</h3><p class='facts-content'>Playing fetch can help develop a deeper bond of trust and understanding between you and your pet, as it involves communication and encourages pet's obedience to commands.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Fetch Can Be Traced Back to Wolves' Hunting Instincts</h3><p class='facts-content'>The origins of fetch are believed to date back to the hunting instincts of wolves, as they would run after their prey in the wild, similar to how dogs chase after toys today.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Fetch is Not Just for Dogs!</h3><p class='facts-content'>Believe it or not, fetch is not just for dogs. Cats, ferrets, and even some birds can enjoy playing fetch too.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Fetch Helps Keep Dogs Mentally Stimulated</h3><p class='facts-content'>In addition to physical exercise, fetch can be a form of mental stimulation for dogs. It encourages them to focus their attention and utilize problem-solving skills.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Fetch Can Be Played in Various Ways</h3><p class='facts-content'>While fetch is traditionally thought of as a game with a stick or ball, it can be played with a variety of toys or items, and in different environments such as water-fetch where dogs retrieve floating toys from water.</p></div></div>

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