Public Education Corner


PE Corner
Public Education Presentation Encourages Action

As proposals for undesirable legislation continue to emerge across the country, the need for public education grows. That’s what AKC Public Education Director Larry Sorenson told about 120 concerned dog fanciers who gathered for an AKC Public Education presentation at the AKC Parent Club Conference in Atlanta in July.

“All-breed clubs and parent clubs are faced with defending our rights as dog owners,” said George Sexton, AKC delegate for the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States. “The presentation is a forward-looking statement on what we are going to have to change in the way we look at ourselves and how the public looks at us.”

“People come to this conference with an open mind and look for ideas they can take back to their clubs – and they got plenty of ideas from the presentation,” Sexton said. “We have to make responsible dog ownership work. Everybody in purebred dogs has got to get involved and be active.”

“We have to educate dog owners about what their responsibilities are, and we have to know our responsibilities as far as reaching out to them,” Sexton added.

All Public Education Coordinators as well as any concerned fancier is invited to attend the next AKC Public Education presentation, which is scheduled to be held in conjunction with the AKC Eukanuba National Championship in Long Beach, Calif., in December. For more information, please contact lls@akc.org.