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Annual AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day Encompasses Hundreds of Events

New York, NY – 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 Day. 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.

“We thank those organizations that join us, year after year, to educate the public in their communities,” says AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “AKC encourages clubs and organizations that have not yet held an event to step up to the challenge in 2008.”

Events can be held anytime during the month of September. Sign up at Responsible Dog Ownership Days and create an “Event Account” by August 1, 2008. The first 500 organizations who confirm the details of their event will receive a complimentary resource-filled packet including posters, brochures, balloons, 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. “Clubs that have held an AKC RDO Day have found legislators, news media and community leaders more receptive to their concerns and ideas whether it’s raising awareness on restrictive canine legislation, supporting a new dog park or promoting a dog event.”

Once again, Invisible Fence® Brand is a proud nationwide sponsor of AKC RDO Day and will support community events, as well as attend AKC’s flagship events in New York City on September 20th and Raleigh, North Carolina on September 27th, where AKC’s offices are 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 Day, sign up to hold an event or view photos and information about previous events, please visit