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AKC Calls on All Dog Organizations to Spread Responsible Dog Ownership Message this September

(Wednesday, May 06, 2009)

- Annual AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days Comprised of Hundreds of Events -

Each year, the American Kennel Club® calls on its nearly 5,000 affiliated dog clubs and all other pet-related organizations from around the country to participate in AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days. The nationwide initiative educates the public about the importance of being a responsible dog owner and celebrates the deep bond between humans and their canine companions.

"Last year more than 600 organizations across the U.S. held AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day events in their communities," says AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "We are thankful to those who have helped us spread this important message and encourage more organizations to join us in 2009."

Events can be held anytime during the month of September. Sign up at www.akc.org/rdod and create an "Event Account" by August 1, 2009. The first 500 organizations who confirm the details of their event will receive a complimentary resource-filled packet including posters, brochures, stickers and many more materials to assist them in putting together an entertaining and informative event. All events will be listed on the AKC web site, searchable by state, beginning July 1.

"The AKC believes that education is the key to addressing responsible dog ownership issues in every community," added Peterson. "AKC RDO Days have helped clubs forge valuable relationships with legislators, news media and community leaders, which has helped bring clubs to the table when legislation is being discussed in their community and seek support for educational programs and activities."

Once again, Invisible Fence® Brand is a proud nationwide sponsor of AKC RDO Days and will support community events, as well as attend AKC’s flagship event in Raleigh, North Carolina on September 26th, where AKC’s Operations Center is located. Included will be activities such as AKC Canine Good Citizen® tests, Obedience/Agility/Rally demonstrations, microchip ID clinics, breeder referral and rescue information, raffles, games and many more entertaining and educational events.

To learn more about AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days, sign up to hold an event or view photos and information about previous events, please visit http://www.akc.org/clubs/rdod/.