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Responsible Dog Ownership Month – September 2024

Responsible Dog Ownership Month is an annual observation held in September. The American Kennel Club (A.K.C.) organizes nationwide awareness campaigns and activities throughout the month and paw-parents are encouraged to form lasting bonds of love and affection with their dogs. A.K.C. calls for introspection into the four tenets of dog ownership: health, safety, training, and love. Put September to work by upping your parenting game and becoming the best caregiver for your canines.

History of Responsible Dog Ownership Month

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” — Josh Billings. We agree, and that is why we take the entire month of September to transform ourselves into better, more responsible owners for our dogs. What would our lives look like without the gentle lick of a labrador or the breathless inspection of our spaniel? The month of September, in the intersection with Responsible Dog Ownership Day on September 19, is a great time to take a closer look at our dog’s habilitation.

Responsible Dog Ownership Month is the initiative of the American Kennel Club, the largest pet registry in the world. Ever since its start in 1884, the club has raised awareness about responsible dog ownership. It has also lobbied the government for anti-animal cruelty policies. The American Kennel Club believes in the preservation of purebred dogs. It is also committed to the interests of dog owners. Taking account of the rainy days, the club maintains a national chain of volunteers and professional dog caretakers who share their learnings and resources with the community.

Are you being a responsible dog owner? When is the next vaccination appointment? What can you do to improve your relationship with your dog? These are the questions that you can ask yourself as you step into September. We believe that you are trying your best, and we also know you can use a little help. So, book a grooming session, throw some treats around, pull out your camera, and play pup-arazzi for your dog, as you celebrate Responsible Dog Ownership Month.

Responsible Dog Ownership Month timeline

The Paw Protection

A group of 12 dedicated sportsmen establish the American Kennel Club, a registry of purebred dogs.

The Club Expands

The American Kennel Club launches nationwide dog shows and competing events to raise awareness about the cause, and the club swells to 500 members.

A National Affair

The American Kennel Club becomes the largest registry in the country and the first National Invitational Dog Championship is held in New York City.

Responsibility Is In Fashion

The American Kennel Club’s breeding program dedicates September 19 as Responsible Dog Ownership Day and the entire month of September as Responsible Dog Ownership Month.

Responsible Dog Ownership Month FAQs

What is the best time to get a dog?

Eight weeks is the optimum time before you separate a pup from its mother. Getting a puppy is better, as you get a chance to toilet-train it from the get-go. The task of training and managing a dog gets harder after they reach a certain age.

What is the biggest responsibility of owning a dog?

Looking after daily meals and toilet rounds is perhaps the biggest responsibility of owning a dog. Other than that, timely vaccinations and ticks can become quite a hassle over time.

Is owning a dog worth it?

There are many scientific benefits of owning a dog, which makes it worth the hassle. However, it is not everyone’s cup of tea and proper pondering about the pros and cons is suggested before you move ahead with the decision.

How to Observe Responsible Dog Ownership Month

  1. Schedule a visit to the vet

    We hope your dog is fine, and we pray they keep their health. A good way to ensure that is a bi-yearly vet examination. Being proactive about your dog’s physical health never hurts. So get those scans, and cross-check the occurrence of any deficiencies.

  2. Throw a picnic

    Enjoy September with a spontaneous picnic on the glorious weekends and invite all the pet parents of your community. This is also a great chance to share the importance of responsible dog ownership with your guests. Do not forget to pack your dog’s favorite treats too.

  3. Plan dog movie nights

    Whether it is weeping to “Hachiko” or cheering in “A Dog’s Purpose,” movies based on dogs are a giant hug of comfort to counter the long hard days. Pull your paws up, get a warm bucket of popcorn, and watch your favorite canine movie.

5 Ways In Which You Can Become A Responsible Dog Owner

  1. Vaccinate or bust

    Stay up to date on your dog’s vaccination status and ensure their timely shots.

  2. Exercise buddy to the rescue

    Build an exercise routine with your dog that benefits both of you.

  3. Watch the mouth, watch the pouch

    Monitor their food habits and look for signs of indigestion.

  4. Dog-proof the apartment

    Close the trash cans, lock the drawers, and take all other steps to save your dog from potential harm.

  5. I.D. at all times

    Always keep an I.D. tag on your dog (not just when they are out) and consider microchipping them to ensure their return back home.

Why Responsible Dog Ownership Month is Important

  1. It is a call to action

    When it comes to raising a dog, you simply cannot be too careful. With a month like this, you get to share the responsibility with the people and use their lessons and learnings to become the best parent for your dog.

  2. It is a reality check

    Owning a dog is an intensely gratifying virtue, but it is also a huge responsibility that not a lot of people are ready for. This month-long observation illustrates the care and dedication that goes into raising a dog. It is not all rainbows and butterflies, so take the month of September to think before you make a decision you might regret.

  3. It gives a voice to the voiceless

    Before you lose yourself in the celebratory months of the year, take some time out and give your dog the maximum possible attention. Build new habits, forge longing bonds, and renew your relationship with the fur babies of your house.

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