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RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERSHIP DAY – Third Saturday in September


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.

Part of caring for our animal includes:

  • 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.  Many do not take into consideration all the care involved when taking in a canine companion.  Their size, energy, medical care, temperament, and many other needs are the dog owner’s responsibility.

HOW TO OBSERVE #ResponsibleDogOwnershipDay

For more information on responsible dog ownership visit www.akc.org. 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 companion to their canine they can be.

September 21, 2019
September 19, 2020
September 18, 2021
September 17, 2022
September 16, 2023
September 21, 2024
September 20, 2025
September 19, 2026
September 18, 2027
September 16, 2028
September 15, 2029

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