Responsible Dog Ownership Day Promotes Pet Care
American Kennel Club encourages pet owners to make their pooches a prime priority.
Posted: September 15, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT
During the month of September, the American Kennel Club marks the sixth annual AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day with more than 600 events planned by local organizations across the United States, with the goal of educating and entertaining current and prospective dog owners.
On Saturday, Sept. 20 and Sept. 27, AKC plans two flagship celebrations in New York City and Raleigh, N.C. Nearly 50 AKC-recognized breeds will be on hand in each location, including rare breeds applying for recognition such as the Finnish Lapphund and the Cesky Terrier.
These events are a reminder to novice and veteran dog owners that raising a healthy dog is about more than just playtime and pampering, according to the AKC. Training, grooming, nutrition, exercise, and veterinary care are equally important in nurturing a companion animal.
“Each September we shine a spotlight on the commitment it takes to have a canine companion,” said spokeswoman Lisa Peterson. “As dogs are increasingly viewed as family members, the need for all dog owners to train their pets to be good citizens and practice responsible pet ownership is more crucial. All dog owners need to be courteous and respectful of others and properly care for their pet so that we can maintain the rights and freedoms that we currently enjoy.”
Responsible Dog Ownership Day events are listed on the AKC website.
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