Each year the AKC invites its more than 5,000 affiliated dog clubs, along with other pet-related organizations to host Responsible Dog Ownership Day 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 educations booths, action-packed dog demonstrations, activities to try out with your dog, microchipping, health clinics, and more. Owning a dog has endless pleasures and rewards, but all need a friendly reminder about the obligations we have to our pets in return.
The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) is excited to host its flagship Responsible Dog Ownership Day event this year after being cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic!
Saturday, September 17th, 2022
North Carolina State Fairgrounds
4285 Trinity Road, Raleigh, NC
With TONS of fun activities!
Take your dog through the ten-step AKC Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) test! This special certification shows that your dog is a well-mannered member of the community. AKC Trick Dog tests will also be available!
- Visit the microchip clinic brought to you by AKC Reunite!
- Watch the action-packed dog demonstrations including conformation, disc dog, trick dog, and herding!
- Enjoy other family-friendly activities including dog games with a chance to win prizes and more!
- Pick up a treat of toy for your dog at one of the many vendors!
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:
- Teach Your Puppy These 5 Basic Commands
- How to Teach Your Dog Scent Work at Home
- Canine Cavaletti: Equine Exercises You Can Do At Home With Your Dog
- Three Easy Do-At-Home Exercises For Senior Dogs
- DIY Cognitive Dog Toys for When You Are Stuck at Home
- Quiz: Are You A Responsible Dog Owner?
- How AKC Canine Good Citizen Is Part of Being a Responsible Dog Owner
- 75 Ways to Be a Responsible Dog Owner
- 7 Ways to Celebrate Responsible Dog Ownership Month
- Get Started in AKC Sports & Events