RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERSHIP DAY – Third Saturday in September

Responsible Dog Ownership Day | Third Saturday in September
(Last Updated On: November 8, 2022)


On the third Saturday in September, Responsible Dog Ownership Day reminds pet owners to make a promise to your furever friend. 


The observance encourages current and future pet owners to commit to being responsible for their loyal hound. Being responsible protects not only the dog but all those who may be affected by him, too. Dogs bring many benefits to our lives. Ensuring they remain healthy, happy, and safe is a vital part of our job as dog owners.

The pawsabilities for excellent pet care include:

  • veterinary care
  • training
  • grooming
  • exercise
  • proper disposal of waste
  • identifying household risks and dangers
  • acceptable socialization
  • registration according to local and state ordinances

We need to be on the lookout for their well-being and the well-being of those around them.  It may come as a surprise to many how much care dogs require. Keeping them healthy and safe includes many considerations. Their size, energy, medical care, temperament, and many other needs are the dog owner’s responsibility. Often, dogs bring unexpected expenses. We need to be prepared to make decisions regarding their care when illness or injury occurs, too.


Dog owners know how rewarding a canine companion can be. At the same time, a responsible dog owner knows they are accountable for their dog’s behavior and health. Those rewards require effort and genuine commitment. Share your tips and suggestions for those considering adding a dog to their family. Pose questions for others regarding how they maintain a canine relationship. Give a shout out to your vet, groomer or another service for helping you to be a responsible dog owner. For more information on responsible dog ownership, visit Use #ResponsibleDogOwnershipDay to post on social media.


The American Kennel Club promotes Responsible Dog Ownership Days across the country annually.  Since at least September 17, 2003, (the 119th anniversary of the AKC), the observance has been encouraging dog owners to be the most respectful, caring, and responsible companions to their canines they can be.

17 September 2022
16 September 2023
21 September 2024
20 September 2025
19 September 2026
18 September 2027
16 September 2028
15 September 2029
21 September 2030
20 September 2031


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