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Save the Date For Responsible Dog Ownership Days This September!

AKC RDO days

While September seems far away, it's never too early for us to start helping you plan for an exciting AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days event. This year, we're celebrating the program's 10th Anniversary! To celebrate, we encourage all AKC-affiliated clubs and dog-related organizations to hold a free community event publicly promoting responsible dog ownership anytime during the month of September. We'll also send participating groups a brand new kit filled with giveaways and event resources to celebrate this milestone!

Holding an AKC RDO Day event is easier than you think! All efforts are appreciated and welcomed, from hosting a public education table at a dog show or dog run to creating a day-long festival. The main AKC RDO Days web page includes many suggestions for events.

The first 500 clubs and organizations that confirm event details with us by August 3, 2012 will receive a new and improved resource-filled packet that includes materials that will assist you in putting together a top-notch event.

To sign up to hold an event, and to ensure you receive your resource packet and web listing, visit here and either "Create an Account" or "login" if you've hosted a previous event. Remember holding a stand alone AKC RDO Day event may be counted in your club's eligibility requirements to hold future dog shows. If your club is already holding an AKC licensed event in September, all you have to do is register the details on the main AKC RDO Days web page to receive your free kit.

In addition, on July 1 we will launch a central page on our web site where the public can search for events by state. However we can only ship packets and list events if you have your event details finalized - including date, time, location and planned activities - by the August 1 deadline (note that you can start your listing now and complete details later).

Finally, Like Us on Facebook to stay up-to-date with the latest AKC RDO Days news and information. Post your club's event on the AKC Facebook page to let AKC followers near you know where they can attend an event. Beginning in September, you'll also be able to participate in Virtual AKC RDO Days by sharing your "Acts" of responsible dog ownership.

Your participation will help ensure the program's success benefiting dogs and dog owners everywhere! Please feel free to contact us at ink it deserves recognition, let us know and we could spotlight it here. Send us your website address at communications@akc.org or 212-696-8228 with any questions or comments.