July 2015 AKC Gazette President’s Letter

The 13th annual AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days is quickly approaching, and I encourage your club to get involved by hosting an event.

These grassroots community events serve as a great way to introduce the general public to the AKC and reinforce the importance of responsible ownership.

Here is what some of our clubs already have planned:

Red River North Dog Obedience Club – Sept. 4th in Fargo, North Dakota: AKC Canine Good Citizen testing will be held in conjunction with a two-day Obedience trial.

Rogue Valley Kennel Club – Sept. 12th in Grants Pass, Oregon: More than 30 different breeds will be at RVKC’s Responsible Dog Ownership Day to meet the public. There will be a number of demonstrations, including Earthdog, Agility and AKC Rally®.

Irish Setter Club of Ohio – Sept. 19th in Oberlin, Ohio: Club members will be participating in the Oberlin Doggie Doo with their Irish Setters. Visitors will be able to meet the dogs, talk to responsible breeders, and pick up training and care tips.

German Shepherd Dog Club of San Antonio – Sept. 19th in Bulverde, Texas: GSDCSA will participate in the Bulverde Jubilee, starting off with marching in the parade. In the afternoon, club members will be greeting visitors with their German Shepherd Dogs at their Meet the Breed booth.

Trap Falls Kennel Club – Sept. 26th in Monroe, Connecticut: TFKC celebrates the joys of dog ownership with their K-9 Karnival. Activities include the Doggie Fun Zone, a microchipping clinic, police dog demos, Canine Good Citizen testing, Best Dressed and Best Trick contests, raffles and more.

Greater Houston Pembroke Welsh Corgi Fanciers – Oct. 24th in Buda, Texas: All Corgi enthusiasts in the Houston area are invited for a Corgi Fun Day featuring costume contests, performance demonstrations, Herding Instinct Testing, Canine Good Citizen testing, a Rescue Parade and much more. 

For more about these events or to find an event in your area, visit www.akc.org/rdod.

If you’re in the North Carolina area, make sure to stop by the AKC’s Flagship event on September 19th at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds to enjoy AKC’s My Dog Can Do That!, breed parades and more. More information and the full list of activities are available at www.akc.org/responsible.

If your club would like to take part in AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days, you can register at www.akc.org/rdod. I hope that you will join us, and thank you for the work you do to educate the public about our wonderful canines.


Dennis B. Sprung

President and CEO