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Usually, when we think of someone being in the dog house, we think of a spouse or significant other who has done something bad, but sometimes it’s just as likely to have happened with a friend or family member.

Have you wronged anyone lately? Have you not had a chance to make it up to them? Have you been too busy to connect with them? Are you looking for the perfect opportunity to get together with them?

Or have you sent someone to the Dog House? Are you still upset or mad at them? Get Out of the Dog House Day is all about making up with someone who has sent you to the dog house, or bringing someone back in from the cold!

History of Get Out of the Dog House Day

The day takes place annually on the third Monday in July. The phrase “In the doghouse” usually means in disgrace or out of favor. The original idea came from the symbolism in the 1911 Peter Pan novel written by J. M. Barrie in chapter16 when Mr. Darling goes out and sleeps in the dog kennel, remorseful of not paying enough attention to his family and allowing his children to be kidnapped.

Although it is not written as the specific idea and is not fully recognized as an idiom or the now well-known phrase until it is written in print in Criminalese, 1926, by J. J. Fintery.

How to celebrate Get Out of the Dog House Day

Have you sent someone to the doghouse recently? This day would be a nice time to forgive them of their wrongdoing and give them a chance. Talk to them and let them know that you still value them.

Has a spouse or friend or family member sent you there? Well, today is the perfect time to reconnect with them and detach from technology. Take them out for coffee, make them a card, or pick them some flowers. Giving others a little bit of your time can show how much you care and that you do want to make it up to them. Get yourself out of that dog house!

If no one is in the dog house, it would still be a good day to take a friend on a walk, call a sibling, stop by to see your parents. Let them know how much joy they give your life.

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