AKC RDO Days is
sponsored by:

Motel 6









2014 AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days

Each year, the American Kennel Club® calls on its more than 5,000 affiliated dog clubs and all other pet-related organizations from around the country to participate in AKC RDO Days by hosting a community event that includes activities like dog sport demos, breed parades, safety around dog presentations for kids, microchipping clinics and more. The nationwide initiative educates the public about the importance of being a responsible dog owner and celebrates the deep bond between humans and their canine companions.

Learn more about the AKC Flagship Event.

AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days (RDO) returns for 2014 celebrating a very important American Kennel Club® (AKC) milestone – the 25th birthday of AKC’s Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) program! Join in on the birthday fun by hosting an AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days event that includes a Canine Good Citizen test this year.

NEW! AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days is expanding in 2014. AKC clubs and other organizations can now host events at any time. Although the AKC will once again host its Flagship AKC RDO Day in September, clubs are welcome to host an AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days event and spread the importance of responsible dog ownership throughout the year.

Host an Event!
Special AKC RDO Days kits with giveaways will ship beginning mid-July to the first 650 clubs and organizations that register their event.

  • Are you a returning event host? Login to enter your event details here. (Forget your password? Click here.)
  • Is this your first year hosting an AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days event? Create an account here.
  • Interested in attending or participating in AKC’s Flagship RDO Day in Raleigh in September? Learn how here.

Wondering what you can do for your RDO Day? Try including one or more of these activities:

  • Offer Canine Good Citizen (A free CGC test kit is included in your RDO Day materials!)
  • Breed Parades/Meet the right dog for you
  • Obedience/Agility/Rally/Performance demonstrations
  • Encourage attendees to try an agility or rally course with their dog while club members coach them along
  • ID clinic- Hold an AKC Reunite microchip clinic
  • Rescue information booth
  • Health clinic/health screen testing/First Aid for dogs
  • AKC Canine Partners demonstration and/or booth
  • Hold free training class for dog owners and give a presentation about AKC Purebred Alternative Listing Program or AKC Canine Partners
  • Therapy/SAR Dog or Police K9 Unit demonstrations
  • "AKC Safety Around Dogs" for kids presentations (in-school or for children's groups)
  • A kids contest with awards for best drawings, photos or essays about dogs

The 2014 AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days is offered with support from national sponsors PetPartners, Inc., a leading pet healthcare provider and Motel 6, the first national pet friendly chain, welcoming pets since 1962.


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