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AKC Calls on All Clubs to Spread Responsible Dog Ownership Message in September

New York, NY (June 25, 2013) – Dogs give us so much: excitement when a favorite person arrives home, company on the couch at night, and full effort on the obedience or agility course. Give back to them by being a responsible dog owner and spreading the word to others. Join the American Kennel Club® (AKC®) and host an AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days event this September.

“Sharing training tips, watching fun dog sports demos, learning proper canine care and more is what AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days are all about,” said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “Hosting an RDO Day is a great way for AKC clubs and dog organizations to reach out and demonstrate what dogs and the people who love them bring to a community.”

You can view a photo slideshow of owners and dogs having fun at AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days by clicking here.

Host an Event: All efforts are appreciated and welcomed, from hosting a public education table at a dog show or dog run to creating a day-long festival. The first 600 clubs and organizations that register at www.akc.org/rdod by August 2, 2013 will receive a resource-filled packet with giveaways and brochures and a website listing. Nationwide events are sponsored by Motel 6 and The Hartford.

AKC Flagship RDO Day: AKC will host the flagship RDO Day September 21st in Raleigh, NC, at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Activities scheduled include “My Dog Can Do That” where attendees can try agility, “Ask a Trainer” featuring the AKC GoodDog! Helpline training staff, microchipping for just $10, and more!

To learn more about AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days and sign up to hold an event, please visit http://www.akc.org/clubs/rdod/ or contact Stephanie Smith at communications@akc.org. To participate in the Flagship Event in Raleigh, email NCRDODay@akc.org.

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The American Kennel Club (AKC) proudly celebrated its 125th Anniversary in 2009. Since 1884 the not-for-profit organization has maintained the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world, and today its rules govern more than 20,000 canine competitions each year. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Companion Animal Recovery and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org.

AKC, American Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club seal and design, and all associated marks and logos are trademarks, registered trademarks and service marks of The American Kennel Club, Inc.

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