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“AKC RDO Day brings the rewards of the canine-human bond to life,” said AKC President and CEO Dennis B. Sprung. “Each year, the AKC invites its more than 5,000 affiliated dog clubs, along with other pet-related organizations, to help educate the public in their communities. We thank those who join us each year and encourage organizations that have not yet held an event to give it a try in 2017 and celebrate the unconditional love we receive from our canine companions.”

Host an Event: All efforts are appreciated and welcomed, from hosting a public education table at a dog show or dog run to creating a day-long festival. The first 600 clubs and organizations that register at will receive a kit full of free giveaways and a searchable event listing on the AKC website. Some giveaways for 2017 include car decals and RDO wristbands.    

AKC Flagship RDO Day: AKC will host the flagship Responsible Dog Ownership Day on September 9th in Raleigh, NC at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Dogs and their owners ​will be able to enjoy a lovely day of demonstrations, giveaways, games, microchipping clinics, Meet the Breeds and more. Dogs can achieve their Canine Good Citizen title or conquer a mini agility course at AKC’s My Dog Can Do That! New this year are Dog Games, Grooming Educational programs & rescue dog make-overs, AKC Trick Title testing & Service dog demonstrations.

To learn more about AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days and sign up to hold an event, please visit the AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days website  or contact Breed clubs, sponsors or vendors interested in participating in the Flagship RDO Day should contact