AKCommunicates
A Newsletter for AKC Clubs and Their Dedicated Volunteers – May 2014
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President's Message
Dennis Sprung and Commander
May 2014 AKC Gazette President’s Letter
A recent survey conducted by the AKC showed us that owner-handler exhibitors are more likely to enter a show that offers the AKC National Owner-Handled Series (NOHS), and we’ve seen that reflected in the higher entry totals from clubs offering the Series.
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Taking Command
Government Relations News
New “Pet Shop” Legislation Sets Dangerous Precedent in Restricting Pet Ownership
Over the last year, AKC Government Relations has seen a rapid increase in the number of bills designed to restrict the sales of pets. Most are being introduced at the local level —and nearly all are packaged as “anti-puppy mill” or anti “pet shop” measures.

Sounds good, right?

Wrong. Most of these measures are offered in cities where there are few local breeders, and almost all of the bills restrict how future pet owners can acquire a pet. They limit the ability of pet owners to acquire an appropriate pet of their choice, fail to distinguish between hobby and commercial breeders or breeders and pet shops, and limit the ability of purchasers to take advantage of regulated sources of purpose-bred pets covered by consumer protection laws.
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Event Bulletin
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Judging of Basset Hounds & Bulldogs on Ramps
In accordance with AKC Board Policy, Basset Hounds and Bulldogs are expected to be judged on the ramp in the Group and Best in Show competitions. This extends to the 4–6 Month Beginner Puppy Competition, the AKC National Owner-Handled Series (NOHS), and all other special attractions that offer Group and BIS competitions. Superintendents/Show Secretaries are expected to make available the proper number of ramps to support this AKC Board Policy. If a circumstance should arise that results in a ramp availability conflict, precedence must be given to the competitions in which an AKC title may be earned.
 
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AKC News
AKC Expands Therapy Dog Titling Program

In an effort to honor the thousands of therapy dog teams that make a difference in the lives of others daily, the American Kennel Club® (AKC® ) has added four new titles to the popular AKC Therapy Dog™ program.

In addition to the AKC Therapy Dog (ThD) title (awarded after 50 visits), the AKC now offers:

  • AKC Therapy Dog Novice (ThDN) – Awarded after 10 visits
  • AKC Therapy Dog Advanced (ThDA) – Awarded after 100 visits
  • AKC Therapy Dog Excellent (ThDX) – Awarded after 200 visits
  • AKC Distinguished Therapy Dog (ThDD) – Awarded after 400 visits
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Real Estate Committee Members Named By AKC Director Ronald H. Menaker
At the March 2014 meeting of the American Kennel Club® (AKC®) Board of Directors, Alan Kalter, Chairman, appointed Ronald H. Menaker to lead a Real Estate Committee. The Committee will evaluate all options for AKC’s office or offices well before the New York and North Carolina office leases expire in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

“As Chair of the Real Estate Committee, I’ve appointed a number of members that will work together to bring forth a recommendation for the organization’s future location to the Board of Directors,” said Mr. Menaker. “The Committee is proactively exploring every possibility so that we’ll have exercised all due diligence and can present the best idea.”

The following Committee members have been appointed by Mr. Menaker.
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Apply Today
The AKC credit card is back with new perks! The new AKCSM VISA® Card gives you rewards points when you use your card at pet stores, vet offices, the AKC booth, and during any AKC transaction made via mail, phone or online. It’s also customizable with your dog’s photo. Click here if you’re interested in learning more.

Subject to credit approval. Comenity Capital Bank issues the AKC Visa credit card accounts pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc.
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Club Publicity
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PR and Social Media Tips
Great idea! The Fox Terrier Club of Northern California and the United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club have created mobile apps that allow members to sign up for club events, pay dues, check the breed standard, create fun puzzles and more! What a great way to connect with current and potential new members. Click the links above to see what these clubs have done.
Does your club have an app? Let us know and we’ll create a list to share with everyone. Email communications@akc.org.

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Tools and Tactics for Promoting Clubs
If you’re a breed club, consider highlighting a prominent owner of your breed and inviting them to become an Honorary Member of your club. The Maine Golden Retriever Club regularly recognizes Golden Retriever owners that have made a difference in the world. Previous recipients include former Defense Secretary and CIA Director Leon Panetta, owner of Bravo, and Captain Luis Carlos Montalvan, owner of service dog and ACE recipient, Tuesday.

Read more about the club’s 2014 Honorary Member. Need advice about doing something similar in your area? Contact MGRC.
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Kudos to Clubs
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...for promoting AKC events, activities and opportunities across the country. Recognizing and utilizing your members' particular expertise and capabilities to put your own "spin" on AKC's message points helps them go even further.
Kudos to Grand Island Kennel Club for achieving coverage of their dog show and obedience and AKC Rally® trials in the local newspaper The Independent and on NBC affiliate KHAS.

See the video clip and article here.
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Thanks to all of the clubs that routinely generate positive media coverage. If your club has an idea or success story to share, please send it to: Stephanie Smith, Club Communications Manager, American Kennel Club, 4th Floor, 260 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016 or send us your brag in an e-mail to communications@akc.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
The AKC Communications Team