Interested in learning training and grooming tips from the pros? Looking for a new canine family member? Or want to start competing in AKC events? Then be sure to mark “AKC® Responsible Dog Ownership Days” on your calendar. This month-long celebration sponsored by Motel 6 includes more than 500 organizations around the country holding free events filled with fun and engaging activities for every current or future dog owner.

AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day events are held throughout September. Find an event in your area on the AKC RDO Day website at

“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 dog ownership is more crucial than ever,” said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “Dog owners can attend an AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days event not only to try a new dog sporting activity or pick up training and care tips, but also to connect with the network of dog lovers in their community.”

Each AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day event is unique, but many include:

• AKC Rally®, Obedience and Agility demonstrations (you can try too!)

• AKC Meet the Breeds®, breeder referral and breed rescue information

• AKC Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) – This 10-step test rewards dogs with good manners

• AKC CAR microchip clinics

• Therapy dog/service dog demonstrations

• Activities for Juniors

• Safety around dogs for kids programs like The Dog Listener

• Giveaways, face painting, food and more!

Listings of all events can be found and searched by state at The site is updated daily to reflect new additions.  More than 300 local events have been entered to date.