The American Kennel Club (AKC) hosts the AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day each September to shine a spotlight on the commitment it takes to have a canine companion. This year, dog owners and dog lovers across the nation will join hundreds of AKC-affiliated dog clubs across the country in nearly 550 events for the AKC’s annual celebration. All current and future dog owners are welcome at the events.
Each event is unique but many include obedience/agility/rally demonstrations, low-cost microchipping clinics, breed rescue information, therapy dog/service dog/police dog demonstrations, safety around dogs for kids presentations, giveaways and other entertaining and educational activities. And for dog owners not familiar with organized canine events, the Responsible Dog Ownership Day events are also a good opportunity to speak one-on-one with experienced dog breeders and trainers that are active in AKC shows, clubs, and rescue groups.
"AKC is proud to host AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days for the eighth time as a reminder about the care our canines deserve," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "Our flagship event, as well as the events around the country, will feature educational and entertaining activities, and we encourage families to find an event to visit with their dog!"
The flagship event for the day will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina, and in addition to the festivities mentioned above will accommodate representatives from more than 30 AKC-recognized dog breeds, including rare breeds such as the Azawakh, Berger Picard, Cirneco dell’Etna, Portuguese Podengo Pequeno and Pumi.