In recognition of Responsible Dog Ownership Day, The DogSmith encourages every dog lover to participate in Responsible Dog Ownership Day activities and sign the AKC’s Pet Promise!

Washington County Fl, September 15, 2010 – The American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Responsible Dog Ownership (RDO) Day is an annual series of events that take place across the nation during the entire month of September.  The flagship AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day event is in Raleigh, N.C. on September 25, 2010 and will include AKC Canine Good Citizen® testing, agility demonstrations, games, free brochures, giveaways and the ever-popular AKC Meet the Breeds® exhibit featuring dozens of AKC breeds for the public to learn about and meet.  In addition, thousands of AKC affiliated dog clubs and other dog-related organizations and groups nationwide will hold community events to promote responsible dog ownership.  "Dogs are considered to be members of the family and the best way to return the love of your dog is to be a responsible owner," said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson.  "We encourage everyone to attend an AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days event near them to both have fun and learn about all the different ways to have fun and do more with your dog."

Each AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day event is unique and provides demonstrations of dog activities such as  AKC Rally®, Obedience and Agility, meet the breeds, microchip clinics, breed rescue information, legislation seminars, therapy dog/service dog demonstrations, health clinics, safety around dogs for kids, giveaways and other entertaining and educational activities.

The DogSmith Dog Training & Pet Care Franchise encourages all animal lovers to participate.  Local DogSmith Dog Trainers will offer free puppy classes and canine Good Citizen evaluations at RDO Day events.  “It is a great way to show your friends how smart and well-behaved your dog can be,” said DogSmith founder, Niki Tudge.  “The AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test is a 10-step evaluation designed to demonstrate a dog’s good manners and obedience.  Our DogSmith puppy training classes are based on the AKC S.T.A.R. (Socialization, Training, Activity, Responsibility) Puppy program and the CGC test criteria.”

A List of AKC RDO Day events can be found at, or contact your local DogSmith to register for a free puppy class and start your dog down the path to Canine Good Citizenship.

About The DogSmith - The DogSmith Franchise Services Inc. is a Florida based company whose mission is to enhance the lives of pets and their owners by improving their relationship, and the quality of the life they share, through providing professional support and training to pet dog owners, supporting and assisting animal shelters and rescue organizations to minimize the number of unwanted animals and offering affordable and professional care to family pets so that pet ownership is never a burden. To learn more about The DogSmith or to become a DogSmith Dog Trainer, visit or call 1-888-364-7648.

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Contact:             Rick Ingram

DogSmith Franchise Services

1-888-Dog-Smith (364-7648)