Thursday, July 24, 2008

AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day Events Unleashed

Are you interested in learning training and grooming tips from the pros? Or considering adding a new family member? Be sure to mark "AKC® Responsible Dog Ownership Day" on your calendar. This month-long celebration includes hundreds of organizations around the country holding free events filled with fun and engaging activities for every current or future dog owner. AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day events are held throughout September and are listed on

"Due to the increasingly important role dogs play in our lives, practicing responsible dog ownership and training our dogs to be good citizens is more vital than ever. According to an AKC survey, 88% of pet owners consider their dogs family members," said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "It is important for dog owners to be courteous and respectful of their neighbors so we can strengthen relationships between dog owners and non-owners in our communities."

Each AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day event is unique but many include obedience and agility demonstrations, Meet the Breeds, microchipping clinics, breed rescue information, therapy dog/service dog demonstrations, health clinics, safety around dogs for kids, giveaways and other entertaining and educational activities. If you want to show your friends and family what a respectable member of society your dog can be, take the AKC Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) Test. This 10-step test certification rewards well-mannered, obedient dogs – and is offered at many of our events.

Listings of all events can be found and searched by state at The site will be updated weekly to reflect new additions. Over 200 local events have been entered to date.

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