Chuckit! celebrates the second annual National Fetch Day on October 19, 2019, as a day dedicated to engaging the fetch-fanatic dog and supporting Chuckit!’s brand initiative to get out and “Make Fetch Happen™.” According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, it is estimated that more than 50 percent of dogs in the U.S. are classified as overweight or obese. National Fetch Day aims to encourage exercise, improve the bonds between pets and their owners and foster a community spirit among dog lovers. 

According to Emmy award-winning celebrity veterinarian, Dr. Jeff Werber, the high pet obesity rate is often due to a lack of exercise and high caloric foods. Dr. Werber urges pet owners to make regular exercise part of their pet’s life.  

“A sedentary lifestyle is just as detrimental to your dog’s health as it is to your own,” says Werber. “Chuckit! performance toys offer an excellent solution to make a dog’s favorite game of fetch extra fun and help enrich the bond between dog and dog owner.”

This year, the holiday will be celebrated on October 19, with 25 local partners around the country participating in the festivities. Many of Chuckit!’s National Fetch Day parties will include music, food trucks & bar service, giveaways, and plenty of opportunities to connect with dog lovers in your area. The flagship event in Petmate’s hometown of Arlington, Texas will play host to the Chuckit! Championship where the dog with ‘fastest fetch’ in each size division wins.

“For more than 20 years we’ve been shaping the game of fetch with our iconic Chuckit! launcher,” says Chris Wilson, executive vice president of marketing and product development at Petmate. “National Fetch Day takes the simple game of fetch to the next level by celebrating interACTION between pets and pet owners, while strengthening their bond. This special connection is at the heart of every toy we make.”

Dog owners can still take part in National Fetch Day, even if they can’t make it to a local event in their neighborhood, by sharing their best fetch photos and videos on social media with the hashtags: #MakeFetchHappen and #NationalFetchDay.