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

(Monday, June 21, 2010)

- 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.

"Nearly 600 clubs and other organizations held AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days events in their towns and cities in 2009," said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "We hope the number of RDO Days keeps increasing so that we can continue to reach larger audiences with our responsible dog ownership message."

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, 2010. 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.

"AKC RDO Days events have been getting larger and more creative each year, with clubs hosting AKC Meet the Breeds®, demos of all kinds of canine sports, microchipping and more," added Peterson. "We encourage all dog clubs and organizations to host an event – you’ll become an active part of your community, raise your organization’s profile among local leaders and legislators and just plain have fun!"

Once again, Invisible Fence® Brand is a proud nationwide sponsor of AKC RDO Days and will support community events, including AKC’s flagship event in Raleigh, North Carolina on September 25th, where AKC’s Operations Center is located. Events across the country will feature activities such as AKC Canine Good Citizen® testing, Obedience/Agility/Rally demonstrations, microchip ID clinics, breeder referral and rescue information, raffles, games and many more entertaining and educational experiences. ADT Security Services will also provide Pet Fire Safety Window Clings promoting pet fire safety at the flagship event and local 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/.