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Responsible Dog Ownership Day

Responsible Dog Ownership Day

Each year, the AKC invites its more than 5,000 affiliated dog clubs, along with other pet-related organizations, to host Responsible Dog Ownership Days to help educate the public in their communities about the responsibilities of dog ownership and help current owners enhance their relationships with their pets. These events typically consist of educational booths, action-packed dog demonstrations, games, activities to try out with your dog, microchipping, health clinics, and more.  Owning a dog has endless pleasures and rewards, but we all need a friendly reminder about the obligations we have to our pets in return.

The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) hosts a flagship Responsible Dog Ownership Day event in Raleigh, NC each year to celebrate the human-canine bond. In 2020, the AKC kept the tradition going by holding a virtual event due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This year, due to the current worsening state of the COVID-19 pandemic and out of an abundance of caution for everyone’s safety, we have made the decision to cancel the AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day event scheduled to take place September 11, 2021, at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, NC.

We are grateful to the volunteers who planned to attend with their dogs and were excited to educate the public about responsible pet ownership.

We look forward to holding this wonderful educational event in 2022.