Mid-infrared (mid-IR) fiber lasers that are based on dysprosium (Dy) as the active laser ion provide emission in the wavelength range between 2.6-3.4 μm and can thus bridge the spectral gap between holmium (Ho) and erbium (Er) based mid-IR lasers. Another distinct feature is the wide choice of pump wavelengths (1.1 μm, 1.3 μm, 1.7 μm, and 2.8 μm) that can be used. To date, pump wavelengths shorter than 1.1 μm have not been reported and all demonstrated pump wavelengths apart from in-band pumping suffer from pump excited state absorption (ESA). In this paper, we report new excitation wavelengths, 0.8 μm and 0.9 μm, for Dy-doped mid-IR fiber lasers. We have measured 18.5% and 23.7% slope efficiency (relative to launched pump power) for 0.8 μm and 0.9 μm pumping wavelengths, respectively. By comparing the residual pump power of experimental and numerical simulation data of a 0.5 m Dy-doped fiber, we have found that these new excitation wavelengths are free from pump ESA. Moreover, the high power laser diodes are commercially available at these new excitation wavelengths; therefore, the realization of a diode-pumped Dy-doped mid-infrared fiber laser might become feasible in the near future.