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Celebrate AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day Virtually This Year

It’s happening on Sept. 17.




(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK — The American Kennel Club (AKC) invites you to celebrate the human-canine bond by participating in the 1st ever Virtual AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day on Sept. 17, sponsored by AKC Pet Insurance. Owning a dog has endless pleasures and rewards, but it’s important to be aware of the responsibilities that come along with it.

Each September, the AKC hosts AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day to educate first-time dog owners about the responsibilities of dog ownership and help current owners enhance their relationships with their pets. The virtual event will take place on Facebook and be celebrated across, AKCtv and AKC social media, featuring experts, staff members and dog owners. Tune into the AKC Facebook page or beginning at 11:00 AM to join the celebration!

“AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day shines a light on the dedication and commitment it takes to own a happy, healthy dog,” said AKC Spokesperson Penny Leigh. “The virtual event will be filled with many fun and educational activities to help attendees make well-informed decisions when purchasing a dog or caring for one they already own.”

Activities at the 2020 Virtual AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day include:

  • Opening Ceremony: An opening ceremony, introducing what the virtual event will offer will simulcast on and Facebook Live within the Facebook Event.
  • Ask the Expert: A new episode on and Facebook with Master Trainer Kathy Santo, answering viewers’ questions and sharing training tips.
  • Digital Interactive Quizzes: Participants can test their RDO knowledge with these digital interactive quizzes.
  • #ResponsibleDogOwner TikTok Challenge: Follow AKC Dog Star, Poppy the Basset in an RDO TikTok Challenge. Follow Poppy the Basset on TikTok.
  • Enroll Your Dog in AKC Reunite: Find out how to sign up for AKC Reunite’s microchipping service and enroll your dog online.
  • Canine Good Citizen (CGC): Learn about CGC training for basic skills and how to prepare your dog for CGC Certificate at home.
  • AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Pet Promise: Complete an RDO checklist and vow to be a responsible dog owner by signing the RDO Pet Promise!
  • Facebook Live Q&A: AKC experts will answer participants’ questions on training, canine health, AKC Pet Insurance, therapy dogs and AKC sports and events!

Show off how you’re a responsible dog owner and recite the AKC Responsible Dog Owner Pet Promise via the Cinebody mobile app ahead of RDO Day. Click here to participate.




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