American Kennel Club Responsible Dog Ownership Days!

As most of you know who read my blog, I am a Shetland Sheepdog and I am registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC).  September  is a special month because it  is the month  that the American Kennel Club invites and encourages all dog and pet-related organizations to commemorate the:

Header from the AKC website. Click photo to visit


AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days!

From the AKC website: The AKC will be hosting its own event in Raleigh, NC on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. This flagship event will highlight the AKC programs and services that support responsible dog ownership. It will also publicize to news media and the dog loving community that events are being held across the country by organizations such as yours

You can find suggestions

about how to commemorate this event

by clicking here

In the meantime won’t you take the


As a dog owner, I promise:

I will never overlook my responsibilities for this living being and recognize that
my dog’s welfare is totally dependent on me.
I will always provide fresh water and quality food for my dog.
I will socialize my dog via exposure to new people, places and other dogs.

My friend Lynne and her dogs Chico and Barney! It is Barney that I am kissing

I will take pride in my dog’s appearance with regular grooming.

I will recognize the necessity of basic training by teaching my dog to reliably
sit, stay and come when called.
I will take my dog to the vet regularly and keep all vaccinations current.

I will pick-up and properly dispose of my dog’s waste.
I will make sure my dog is regarded as an AKC Canine Good Citizen® by
being aware of my responsibilities to my neighbors and to the community.
I will ensure that the proper amount of exercise and mental stimulation
appropriate for my dog’s age, breed and energy level is provided.
I will ensure that my dog has some form of identification (which may include
collar tags, tattoo or microchip ID).
I will adhere to local leash laws


These are just a few of the things that my Mom and Dad have taken the pledge to do. You don’t have to be an AKC doggy for your pawrents to do the same! These are things that ALL dog pawrents should do!

What promises are YOUR pawrents going to make?

Barks and licks and love, Dakota


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  1. I’ve spent alot of my time training my peeps to be a responsible doglet owner. Good info there. Have a lovely Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly

    • Hi Molly! I think that being doggies that is our job! We must train our pawrents!!! Glad you liked it! You have a lovely Saturday too! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  2. I agree with all those promises…wish all dog owners would do this too.
    I’m very impressed how cool you are sitting on the table at the vet – you should see me….

    • Hi Easy! We wish that everyone would do these things as well. Yeah…I am SUPER GOOD at the vet! I really am! I save my craziness for when I am at home 🙂 Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  3. We do all those promises and will love our animals forever..I promise not to leave Alfie out in the rain again ( from Mollie 🙂 )
    What a great thing to do..Have a great Saturday 🙂 xx00x

    • that’s a good promise to make Mollie!!!! BOL!!! you have a great Saturday too!!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  4. Hi Dakota (and Mom)

    I haven’t heard of this before, but I think it’s great!! I carefully went through the list to check that my family are adhering to everything and they passed!!

    I love that you’re bringing awareness to this to help ensure ALL Dogs are cared for responsibly – we rely on our humans 🙂

    Hope you’re having a fun weekend

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

    • Hi Snoopy!!
      ohhh yesss we know that your Mommy does ALL of the promises!!

      We are having a BUSY weekend! Hope yours is fun! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  5. Gosh! Mommy and Daddy has been doing all of that for the hairy slobbery sisters and us cats too!

    • Nellie of course they do! That’s cause you have great pawrents! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  6. Happy Blog Hoppin’ Saturday to you Dakota! You sure have a great Mama!

    • thanks Linda!!! Hope your Saturday was great!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  7. Those are such great ideas about taking good care of us doggies. We sure agree with you, that they should all be taken care of by the human. Great post. Hope all of you are having a super Saturday.

    • thanks Marg!! We had a BUSY Saturday! Hope yours was more relaxing than ours. Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  8. My mom person says she pledges!

    Nubbin wiggles,

    • yep Oskar we know she sure does! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  9. Great promises! Thank you for stopping by and wanting to send Mumsy some chicken soup…she loves it and would really enjoyed some. She is doing better each day. Hope you all are having a great weekend. Hugs and nose kisses

    • Hi Mumsy!! How are you feeling? Ohhhhh my mom said she wishes you lived by her she would have made you a HUGE pot of soup and brought it over for you!!! Darned!!! Hoping you are feeling much better! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

  10. Hi Y’all!

    Love your post Dakota. You can’t remind the Humans too often about their responsibility to us.

    Just wanted to hop on by and see how y’all are doin’. Hope y’all have a wonderful and safe weekend!

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  11. Wish every buddy was responsible. You sure look like. To your enjoying that touchy V-E-T
    Benny & Lily

    • Benny & Lily we wish the same that is for sure! Yeah…I actually DO love my V-E-T!!! barks and licks and love, Dakota

  12. We always attend our local dog club’s RDO Day and usually do the Meet The Breeds booth. It is loads of fun!

    • Hi Sassy! Please bear with me because I am smart but not THAT smart BOL. What is RDO Day? Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  13. We try to make sure we are doing those things for all our animals. The Newfs would lets us know if we missed something. Thank you for your concern from our creek mishap:)

    • Hi Tyler! Ohhh we know that you do! You are welcome! Mom is just happy that your Mom is ok! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

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