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Sat, Sep 13 | By Joey Wahler | 131

NEW YORK -- After drawing 20,000 people to its Manhattan event last year, the American Kennel Club will host its sixth annual AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day this month, featuring groups representing dozens of breeds. The AKC’s othe… more ›

AKC Promotes Responsible Dog Owners with 600-plus Nationwide Events
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Dogsrsuper
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Dogsrsuper
5 years ago

I could care less about the AKC, but promoting responsible pet ownership is always a good thing.

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Zephyr47
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Zephyr47
5 years ago

Good for them to promote responsible ownership. Just because someone has a dog doesn't mean they are always responsible.

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Geoff L.
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Geoff L.
5 years ago

Great education...but I have trouble with them because they provide papers for puppy mill dogs.

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Sally R.
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Sally R.
5 years ago

Good. I'm glad there are places like this that really care about animals.

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Ethan W.
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Ethan W.
5 years ago

Good for the HSUS!!

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Okowasso
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Okowasso
5 years ago

Good for them!

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Suzanne L.
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Suzanne L.
5 years ago

Always interesting to read about the AKC events.

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Jello1
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Jello1
5 years ago

Sounds like they really made a push for education on responsibility. Hope some of it sunk in

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Lruder
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Lruder
5 years ago

There are many responsibilities that go with owning a pet and it's good to educate people on these aspects.

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Joelle  T.
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Joelle T.
5 years ago

cool! that's great!

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Geoff L.
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Geoff L.
5 years ago

I agree...the AKC is using these events to get people to help them influence legislation. And they're not always for legislation in the best interest of dogs.

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Blackie1
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Blackie1
5 years ago

Sort of an underhanded goal to try to influence local legislation they disagree with.

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J O.
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J O.
5 years ago

Much of the negativity about this article has to do with the fact that this is put on by the AKC and features purebreds. Is the AKC going to encourage people to get their purebreds from a rescue or shelter? And what about all the mixed breeds that are euthanized every year?

The AKC also gets thumbs down from me bc they register puppy mill dogs. Occasionally a miller gets caught for falsifying records or not keeping them up to date and the AKC won't let them register dogs for a few years. So what?

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DEREKDEMANE
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DEREKDEMANE
5 years ago

Sounds like a great program.

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Ralph M.
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Ralph M.
5 years ago

Education is the key.That way people know and want to do the right thing.It does no good to pass laws that aren't enforced, and not prosecuted in our court system. Our shelter frequently has Scouts and school children come to the shelter to teach them how to be a responsible pet owner. That's something that all young people and their pets can benefit from.

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L.H.S.
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L.H.S.
5 years ago

Wonder if the puppy mill people showed up?

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Oldmaidcatwoman
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Oldmaidcatwoman
5 years ago

I wish there were more information about what they tell people that show up and find they are interested in a specific breed--do they tell them about breed specific rescues or do they send them all to breeders?

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Trish D.
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Trish D.
5 years ago

I've seen a bit of negativity about this subject and can't grasp the reasoning. Nothing in this article stated anything about breeding or breeders. It's about dog ownership and helping people find the best breed characteristics for them.

Supporting positive influences on people and promoting responsible pet care is a good thing. There are show people out there that devote their life to promoting their favorite breeds. Not all of them breed irresponsibly (or breed at all.) How often do you find a show quality dog at a shelter?

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Chitown
5 years ago

It is illogical to promote so-called responsible breeding of any dog breed, as the AKC does, when five million healthy dogs and cats are killed annually for lack of a home. One could even say truthfully that it's unethical.

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Tarogirl
5 years ago

So they over-breed, sell without spaying or neutering, and compete with animal shelters who kill dogs and they want to promote responsible pet ownership???They let the horses out of the barn and they are blaming us...

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BuilderBob
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BuilderBob
5 years ago

HUH? AKC is a registry and not selling anything nor blaming anyone. They are trying to reach everyone that has a dog to tell them to be a responsible dog owner.

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Judy A.
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Judy A.
6 years ago

Boy we really need to promote taking and understanding the responsiblity of owing an animal of any kind. That is one of the larger problems we face with our animal population, uneducated animal owers.

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norap p.
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norap p.
6 years ago

I'm all for anything that celebrates the human/animal bond and reminds people of our tremendous responsibility to our four-legged friends. Sounds like fun events for dogs and people alike!

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Liane M.
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Liane M.
6 years ago

We need more educational events like this to promote responsible dog ownership, even people who love their dogs are not always the most responsible owners because they may not know any better.

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Elizabeth  M.
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Elizabeth M.
6 years ago

This is great. I'd like to try such an event at our shelter...pure bred or mixed dog responsibility is incredibly important.

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virginia b.
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virginia b.
6 years ago

AKC is very much to blame for pet overpopulation This is a Public relations ploy. Not working on me So transparent...

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Andy K.
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Andy K.
6 years ago

It seems like the only people who would go to events like this are the ones who are pretty decent pet owners already. How do you reach the people who are completely clueless when it comes to the critters in their care?

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Trish D.
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Trish D.
5 years ago

They probably don't give a hoot, and can't read all that well.

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Dstrykr
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Dstrykr
6 years ago

If it wasn't for the AKC and CKC puppy mills would not exist. Yap Yap Yap....is all I heard in this article.

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DDRau
6 years ago

AKC has been doing events like this for years - just doing a better job of publicizing now. Lots of times these events don't draw the public they way they should but they are nessary for getting the word out.

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Katiemissy
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Katiemissy
6 years ago

Hats off to the akc! This is a great step in the right direction. Brilliant!

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alissa o.
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alissa o.
6 years ago

I think all new pet owners should have to attend these things

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Michael
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Michael
6 years ago

Not all pure breeds come from puppy mills. That's a huge generalized misjudgement. Don't get me wrong, I like mutts too but, not everyone breeds dogs solely for their benefit. I have an AKC registered German Shepherd Dog. The first pure breed I have ever owned out of many dogs and other animals I've had. I agree with what AKC does just wish it was a little more wide spread and that the standards for breeds where a little less strict. I love all dogs and in no way support puppy mills or inbreeding but, pure breeds make some beautiful dogs and they can almost guarantee you the characteristics of their certain breed.

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Waoconn
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Waoconn
6 years ago

Very good.

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Meg S.
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Meg S.
6 years ago

I am glad to read that the AKC is doing something positive and educational. I struggle at times with their registering "pure breed" dogs that are obviously from puppy mills. The AKC could be a driving force at closing puppy mills as well as enforcing breeding for temperament and health instead of looks.
However, this action is certainly a step in the right direction and I hope they continue to move forward.

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Mary W.
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Mary W.
6 years ago

AKC accepts registration fees from reputable breeders and from puppymills.
This organization should be the lead organization in shutting down puppymills, but they aren't.

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Kimberly F.
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Kimberly F.
6 years ago

I like this story, positively powerful.

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Julie
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Julie
6 years ago

The AKC is such a wonderful, non-profit organization. It helps people match a new dog to their lifestyle, hopefully showing people the breeds that would work best for them, limiting dogs being put in rescue. A little bit of research in the breeds' background, or the mixed breeds in the dog's apparent background, enables people to pick the right dog for them, purebred, mixed breeds,or rescue and everything in between. AKC hosts great events like Disc Dogs, Fly Dogs, Breed Shows, Agility, and Good Canine Citizen Awards. They are really trying hard to inform dog owners of their responsibility, and of things they can do with their dog. I am proud to have AKC dogs.

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JennColorado
6 years ago

I believe it is the irresponsible pet owners that give certain breeds a bad name. I, and my little 10-pound dog have lived with a pitbull/rottweiler cross and it was the sweetest dog ever. My little dog was dominant over her!

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Linda T.
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Linda T.
6 years ago

This is a very interesting idea.

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9robin58
6 years ago

Good story.I don't think "bully breeds"should be targeted for what ignorant and cruel people do.More education on the breed and stricter punishment for those who fight or don't control their dogs would help.They get away with a small fine which is nothing to these gang monsters who make profit cruelly fighting dogs.Lock them up for a while.Maybe a mandated sentence for anyone who has got away once with a fine for fighting.

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Sarah  W.
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Sarah W.
6 years ago

I really liked this Story! Its nice that they are against BSL

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beverly y.
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beverly y.
6 years ago

great story

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Lisa
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Lisa
6 years ago

I think this is a great idea, if only they had an event in my area... I would love my dog to be a certified dog to show people that Bullys can be well behaved and trained.

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Nancy2cats
6 years ago

A proactive step in a positive direction. Bravo, AKC!! Would love for them to visit Phoenix, AZ.

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Heather R.
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Heather R.
6 years ago

I know they had one scheduled in the southside of Chicago but hurricane IKE had other plans for us land lovers that weekend. Does anyone know if it happened or when it was rescheduled to?

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Diana G.
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Diana G.
6 years ago

Good for the AKC to stop breed-specific laws. It's the people that are the problem.

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Kim C.
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Kim C.
6 years ago

This is an interesting concept. And a good one at that, I think. There are too many pet owners who aren't responsible for and/or don't know how to care for their pet.

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betty p.
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betty p.
6 years ago

It would be nice if Pure Mutts could attend these events. I know it is AKC breed events. But to allow a section for mutts would be nice as there are so many of them.

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Kate H.
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Kate H.
6 years ago

I don't like the AKC standards that they have on dogs, but i hope the message gets across and more people become aware of what it means to be a responsible owner.

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Cassie3
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Cassie3
6 years ago

Great idea for an event to highlight the importance of responsible pet ownership. If such an event were here, I'd be handing out leashes to everyone.

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Margie R.
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Margie R.
6 years ago

that's a great program the AKC sponsored. it's not about the prettiest dog, or best in show dog, it's about being responsible pet owners. glad they reached so many people.

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