New York, NY – The American Kennel Club® (AKC) will celebrate a decade of responsible dog ownership this September when the AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days program turns 10. How can you join the party? Simply host or attend an AKC RDO Day in your community.

“Over the past ten years, AKC clubs and dog organizations have educated scores of dog lovers at more than 4,000 nationwide events, hosting thousands of Canine Good Citizen® tests, microchipping hundreds of dogs and introducing their favorite breeds to the general public,” said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “Attending an RDO Day brings the joy of dog ownership and the rewards of the canine-human bond to life.”

Clubs and organizations interested in being part of the milestone year this September can register an AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day event, find suggestions, and download promotional materials at The first 500 organizations who confirm the details of their event by August 3, 2012 will receive a brand-new kit full of giveaways. National program sponsor Motel 6 is a proud supporter of AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day events across the country.

The AKC Flagship RDO Day, sponsored by Cosequin available at Rescue Pet Supply, will take place September 22nd in Raleigh, NC at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Activities will include “My Dog Can Do That” where attendees can try agility or an AKC Rally® course with their dog and receive assistance from a trainer, CGC testing, free goodie bags for the first 500 families, a raffle, games for kids and face painting. Learn more at Find an event in your area at

In addition to hosting or attending an event, dog lovers will also be able to celebrate Virtual RDO Days on Facebook and Twitter. By visiting the AKC’s Facebook or Twitter pages every week in September, followers will be able to obtain a special Responsible Dog Owner virtual badge, complete a weekly RDO activity, and share their acts of responsible ownership with fellow dog owners.

To learn more about AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days, sign up to hold an event or view photos and information about previous events, please visit or contact Stephanie Smith at

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 nearly 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

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