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Dogs are often viewed as members of the family, but it’s important to know what kind of commitment a canine companion requires. To help spread the word, AKC is proud to host AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days (RDO Days) this September, with a Flagship Event in Raleigh, North Carolina, more than 600 events planned across the nation and a celebration on Facebook.

“Sometimes, we need a reminder of everything that is required of us in return for the wonderful privilege of having a dog.  Dogs bring us love, affection, comfort, security and unrivaled devotion, despite our flaws or past mistakes,” said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson.  “So we encourage families and pet lovers, along with their dog, to find an event to visit in their community to pick up training tips, meet many of our AKC breeds, take the Canine Good Citizen® test and have fun!”

Local Events: Each AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day event is unique, but many include AKC Rally®, Obedience and Agility demonstrations (at some events, visitors can try with their dogs, too!); Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) testing; AKC CAR microchip clinics; safety around dogs for kids programs like The Dog Listener; giveaways, face painting, food and more!  Events are listed by state on the AKC RDO Day website.

Flagship RDO Day: AKC will host its AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day in Raleigh, North Carolina on Saturday, September 21st from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Raleigh residents are invited to bring their dogs to try Agility with the help of trainers at My Dog Can Do That, get their training questions answered by AKC GoodDog! Helpline training staff at the “Ask a Trainer” booth, shop local vendors, watch demos of herding, flyball and K9Noseworks, and pick up a free goodie bag! The Kids Area will include face painting and a Stuffed Animal Repair Clinic.  Learn more and RSVP on Facebook.

Can’t make it to an event? Participate online!

Sign the AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Pet Promise: The Pet Promise asks dog owners to promise to never overlook responsibilities to their dog, including providing exercise, grooming, socialization and more. Thousands have already signed the Promise. Sign it here.

Virtual AKC RDO Days: Spread the responsible dog ownership message by sharing the word viaFacebook. Fun images, polls and more will be posted throughout the month of September.

AKC RDO Days is supported by Motel 6 and The Hartford.