We hope that your club will save a date this September to host an AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day event. Any size "Day" is welcome, from a table set up at a local pet store to a day-long festival. Many clubs include AKC CAR microchip clinics, Canine Good Citizen®
) testing, dog sport demos, kids’ areas and more in their RDO Days.
Sign up your event at www.akc.org/rdod
. For the first 600 clubs that register, we’ll have kits full of material that you can pass out at your event to help educate visitors how to find a responsible breeder, why responsible dog ownership matters in a community, and much more.
Clubs that host an event in September are eligible for the AKC Community Achievement Award
. Holding a RDO Day also counts as a Major Activity on the Eligibility Requirements to Hold Future Dog Shows.
The Flagship event will once again be held in Raleigh, NC on September 21st. We hope that those of you in the Raleigh area will join us for CGC testing, dog sport demonstrations, breed parades, low-cost microchipping and local vendors. Many new and unusual breeds will be available for the public to meet.
If you’re a Canine Ambassador, think about classroom or community group visits that you may be able to schedule before school lets out for the summer. We provide our Canine Ambassadors with coloring books, bookmarks and safety information to ensure a great lesson about responsible dog ownership.
If you are interested in making visits to kids with your dog but aren’t already a Canine Ambassador, you can learn more about the program and how to become one here
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We welcome any suggestions for the 2013 AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days program from our clubs. Please contact the Communications department at firstname.lastname@example.org
with your ideas and comments, and we’ll see you in September!
Dennis B. Sprung
President and CEO
For information about upcoming Delegates’ meetings, read the Secretary Pages in the AKC Gazette.