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Aug5 Fun Holiday – Work Like a Dog Day

August 5 is Work Like a Dog Day, a day to work hard and to reward people who work day and night and are very productive.

Work hard like a dog - or not at all - today.

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The unofficial holiday celebrates the English language phrase, working like a dog, meaning to work very hard. It is believed that the idiom comes from the hard work that working dogs - herd dogs, hunting dogs, rescue, and service dogs - put in during the day.

How to Celebrate?

  • Work hard. Put in extra hours at work, and who knows, you may be able to get in your boss’s good books.
  • Do you know someone who is a workaholic? Spend the day honoring the hard work they do and celebrate their contribution to the workplace and society by doing something nice for them.
  • Or, since most pet dogs don’t work much and prefer spending time lazing around, you could be a contrarian and celebrate Work Like a Dog Day by not doing any work at all!

Did You Know...

...that there are dogs that can't bark? Basenji is a type of hunting dog native of central Africa that doesn't bark but makes yodel like sounds.

Work Like a Dog Day Observances

Fun Holiday: Work Like a Dog Day Observances
YearWeekdayDateName
2020WedAug 5Work Like a Dog Day
2021ThuAug 5Work Like a Dog Day
2022FriAug 5Work Like a Dog Day
2023SatAug 5Work Like a Dog Day
2024MonAug 5Work Like a Dog Day
2025TueAug 5Work Like a Dog Day
2026WedAug 5Work Like a Dog Day
2027ThuAug 5Work Like a Dog Day
2028SatAug 5Work Like a Dog Day
2029SunAug 5Work Like a Dog Day

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