Responsible Dog Ownership


RDO Day Around the Corner

The fourth annual AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day will be held on Saturday, September 16th. The goal of this initiative is to educate first-time dog owners about the responsibilities of dog ownership and help current owners enhance their relationships with their pets.

We encourage you to participate again this year by holding public events in your communities anytime during the month of September. Last year, more than 350 local events were held, reaching millions of dog lovers and potential pet owners through extensive media coverage.

To join us, visit the AKC RDO Day account page and create an Event Account by August 1. The first 500 who confirm the details of their event will receive a resource-filled packet including posters, brochures, sample press releases and many more materials that will assist them in putting together an entertaining and informative event. All events are being listed on the AKC web site, searchable by state.

The AKC will hold flagship events in both New York City on September 16th and Raleigh, North Carolina on September 9th, where their offices are located. Included will be activities such as AKC Canine Good Citizen® tests, Obedience/Agility/Rally demonstrations, ID clinics, breeder referral and rescue information, raffles, games and many more entertaining and educational events.

"Holding an AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day event is a great way for fanciers to reach out and demonstrate what dogs and the people who love them bring to a community. For clubs, it can help raise visibility with local legislators and news media as well as promote resources for the public to learn about training, locating reputable breeders, AKC dog shows and so much more," said AKC spokesperson Gail Miller. "We hope that our clubs will join us and help demonstrate all the ways that the purebred dog fancy positively impacts the public."

To learn more about AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day, sign up to hold an event or view photos and information about previous years' events, please visit the AKC RDO Day section of our website.