Every month is service dog month here at W.A.G.S. 4 Kids, but September is when service dogs are recognized nationally during National Service Dog Month.
According to DogTime.com, this month was originally known as National Guide Dog Month. In 2008 National Service Dog Month was established by Eight Is Enough actor Dick Van Patten, who was also an animal advocate and the founder of a pet food brand. He was inspired to create a fundraising drive for guide dog and service dog training programs after a visit to a facility in California. Van Patten’s original fundraiser has since evolved into an annual month of recognition, appreciation, celebration, and education.