September 2015 President’s Letter

I hope that all of you enjoyed a summer full of relaxing vacation and much success at AKC shows, tests and trials. As we all head "back to training class," there is a lot going on at the American Kennel Club that I wanted to share with you:

The AKC promotes all aspects of dog care through its public education efforts year-round, but each September, we place an extra emphasis on responsible dog ownership in celebration of AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days. Hundreds of clubs and dog organizations are holding events this month and continuing on well into the fall. There's still time to find one in your area or to sign up to host an event at

I also encourage you to sign the AKC Responsible Dog Owner Pet Promise, a 10-step pledge that brings the message of AKC RDO Days to life by reminding all dog owners about the training, grooming, exercise and veterinary care that go into raising a healthy, happy dog. You can sign online here or you can also print out a copy to take with you for visitors to sign at your own event here

Finally, the finalists for the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Awards were announced this month as well. These annual awards spotlight nine individuals that have made a national impact on the sport of dogs. I encourage you to read about the inspiring things these individuals have accomplished after spending their lives in dogs here. The winners in the Conformation, Companion Events and Performance categories will be determined by member club vote, so member clubs -- please advise us of your club's selection in each category by emailing Neil Singer at by Friday, October 9, 2015. 


Dennis B. Sprung

President and CEO