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2021 Flagship AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day

2021 Flagship AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day

Each September, the American Kennel Club hosts AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day to educate first-time dog owners about the responsibilities of dog ownership and help current owners enhance their relationships with their pets. Owning a dog has endless rewards, but it’s important to be aware of the responsibilities that come along with it.

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, the AKC is excited to share that we will be holding a socially-distanced in-person event on September 11th, 2021 at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, NC!

2021 Flagship AKC RDO Day

Date: Saturday, September 11, 2021

Where: North Carolina State Fairgrounds

Holshouser Building

1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. E.T.

Schedule: TBD

Lakeland Terrier running across the dog walk in agility.

Get Involved From Home

We encourage all responsible dog owners to take a pledge to follow the pet promise.

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.

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.

Try out new training exercises and sports from the comfort and safety of your home:

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