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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 every year to celebrate the human-canine bond. For the first year, our Responsible Dog Ownership Day event will be virtual! This means dog lovers across the country can join us in an online celebration sponsored by AKC Pet Insurance!

2020 RDO Day Virtual Event

Date: Sept. 17, 2020

Where: Facebook (Click here to RSVP)

Time: 11 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. E.T.

11:00 AM
RDO Day Opening Ceremony!

12:00 PM
Ask the Expert: How to Be a Responsible Dog Owner

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Facebook Live Q&A on Canine Partners Program & GoodDog Helpline

2:20 PM – 2:35 PM
Facebook Live Q&A on Canine Health & Nutrition Best Practices

2:40 PM – 2:55 PM
Facebook Live Q&A on How to Make Your Dog a Therapy Dog

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Facebook Live Q&A on AKC Sports and Getting Involved in Clubs

3:20 PM – 3:35 PM
Facebook Live Q&A on AKC Pet Insurance

Get Involved From Home Anytime!

  1. We encourage all responsible dog owners to take a pledge to follow the pet promise.
  2. Make sure your dog is registered. All dogs (including mixed breeds) can be enrolled!
  3. Want to be featured in our RDO Day video? Download the Cinebody app and follow this link on your smartphone. You’ll be guided through the pet promise and will be able to submit videos of you and your dog directly to the app.
  4. If your dog isn’t already a Canine Good Citizen, it’s time to start training! There are many ways you can train for CGC skills from home. Once your dog is ready, contact an evaluator and set up an in-person assessment.
  5. Enrich your dog’s life by getting started in a new sport or activity from home. There are many AKC titles you can earn from your house.
  6. Try out new training exercises and sports from the comfort and safety of your home:

Next Steps For All Dog Owners