Have a Doggone Good Time at an AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day Near You

Hundreds of Nationwide Events Listed on AKC website


Want to Host an Event? Sign up at www.akc.org/rdod by August 15th


Interested in learning training and grooming tips from the pros? Looking for a new canine family member? Or want to start competing in AKC events? Then be sure to mark “AKC® Responsible Dog Ownership Days” on your calendar. This month-long celebration sponsored by Motel 6 includes more than 500 organizations around the country holding free events filled with fun and engaging activities for every current or future dog owner.


AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day events are held throughout September. Find an event in your area on the AKC RDO Day website.


“As dogs are increasingly viewed as family members, the need for all dog owners to train their pets to be good citizens and practice responsible dog ownership is more crucial than ever,” said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “Dog owners can attend an AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days event not only to try a new dog sport activity or pick up training and care tips, but also to connect with the network of dog lovers in their community.”


Each AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day event is unique, but many include:


Listings of all events can be found and searched by state at http://www.akc.org/clubs/rdod/events/.


The site is updated daily to reflect new additions.  More than 300 local events have been entered to date, including:

  • 9/10 – Kenilworth Kennel Club of Connecticut, Guilford, CT - Agility, Frisbee, Utility Obedience and dog grooming demonstrations; AKC Meet the Breeds®, Canine Good Citizen® testing; microchipping clinic; vendors; prizes and contests including Best Trick, Best Tail Wagger and Best Kisser.

  • 9/10 – Seminole Kennel Club, Shawnee, OK – Microchipping clinic; AKC Canine Partners information and applications; Education booth on responsible pet ownership that addresses care and maintenance, legal responsibility (city and county codes about responsible ownership), local animal resources (rescue, classes, etc.); displays on pet careers and pet activity organizations including AKC, FFA, and 4-H; Search and Rescue, law enforcement, Canine Companions for Independence demonstrations; Canine Good Citizen® testing and rally course try-outs.

  • 9/17 – Rogue Valley Kennel Club, Grants Pass, OR – Guest speakers on a variety of canine topics; photo booth; Obedience and grooming demos; Canine Good Citizen® testing and AKC Meet the Breeds®. The club will also offer weekly training sessions in the month leading up to the event.

  • 9/24 – Treasure Coast Kennel Club, Ft. Pierce, FL - Wander with your four-legged friend through an assortment of specialty gardens at the Heathcote Botanical Gardens, including a Japanese Garden, Reflection Garden, Herb Garden, Rainforest Display, Native Plants Garden and a Palm & Cycad Walk. Also enjoy: demonstrations of  Obedience, Rally, Agility and Flyball; Dog CPR, nail trimming and ear cleaning instruction; handouts and instructional material to take home; and games, contests and prizes for dog and owner.


AKC will celebrate its own flagship AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day in Raleigh, N.C. on Saturday, September 24th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. The event will feature many AKC-recognized breeds, agility and obedience demonstrations, low-cost AKC CAR microchipping, goodie bags and much more.


Organizations interested in hosting an AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days event should contact the AKC at communications@akc.org or visit http://www.akc.org/rdod


Motel 6 is a proud nationwide sponsor of AKC RDO Days. Motel 6 will highlight its commitment to responsible dog ownership this September by working with event-hosting organizations across the country to provide resources and information for pet owners and by attending AKC’s flagship event.