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February 2007

Mohawk Valley Kennel Club Teaches Kids "All About Dogs"

Mohawk Valley Kennel ClubThe Mohawk Valley Kennel Club “mini course” at Glendal Elementary School originated four years ago when a member had a daughter who attended the school.

Mini courses are three-week after-school courses held each spring. Volunteers teach their area of expertise for an hour and 45 minutes after school each week. Students interested in the extracurricular options such as cooking, different historical periods and jewelry-making, may enroll in the classes. Mohawk Valley’s “All About Dogs” is the only animal-related option and has become one of the most popular among the students.

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Announcing New PEC and Canine Ambassador Products!

AKC Booth KitWant a little help promoting public education at your club’s events? The AKC Public Education department has several new items available for use at dog shows, matches, meet-the-breed events, and more!

Booth Kit: This “booth in a box” includes a 4’ x 4’ AKC logo banner, an AKC logo table runner, and a literature rack to help your club create an attractive and professional display. Kits cost $199 each and may be purchased by contacting the AKC Orderdesk at 919-233-9767 or orderdesk@akc.org.

Read about our other new products.
Planning a Tour at Your Next Dog Show?

Dog Show ToursPublic Education Coordinators who are planning to conduct tours at upcoming shows can order up to 50 adult show tour bags for kids and adults per event.

The dog show tour bags for kids include coloring books, responsible dog ownership checklist bookmarks and pamphlets about what to think about before buying a dog and how to get started in junior showmanship. The adult bags contain “A Beginner’s Guide to Dog Shows,” “The Joys and Advantages of Owning an AKC-registered Purebred Dog,” and information about getting started in exciting AKC events, among other educational items.

PECs may call the AKC Special Services department to order these bags to distribute to the public. After dialing the toll-free number, (800) 252-5545, enter the PEC PIN number 15019, and someone will direct your call.
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Published for club public education coordinators and others devoted to teaching responsible dog ownership.

2007 has gotten off to a fast start for AKC Public Education. In this issue of the Public Education Corner online newsletter, we announce four new enhancements for you, club Public Education Coordinators. We hope you will take advantage of the new booth kit, certificates of appreciation, feedback form and posters for PEC booths. We have other ideas for new offerings in the works and encourage you to send us suggestions for materials, products or programs that would help you do your important work as PECs.

As the dog show season swings into high gear, keep in mind that you need to order your PEC kit materials to distribute to the public at shows, events and special promotions at least 45 days in advance. Also keep in mind that we offer special dog show tour materials for those of you conducting tours at an upcoming show.

Finally, I invite you to join me to discuss the latest AKC® Public Education materials, resources and programs and to learn how the AKC Public Education department can help support your public education efforts. Upcoming presentations include:

• Detroit Kennel Club Shows, Detroit, Michigan, 2-4 p.m., Saturday, March 3, and 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Sunday, March 4, Cobo Convention Center, next to the AKC Booth.

• Old Dominion Kennel Club Show, Baltimore, Md., Saturday, April 21, 2–4 p.m. and the Baltimore County Kennel Club Show, Sunday, April 22, 9–11 a.m., Exhibition Hall lobby (Catch AKC Canine Legislation presentations Saturday, April 21, 9-11 a.m. and Sunday, April 22, 2–4 p.m.) Inquire at the AKC booth for exact location.

• Tarheel Cluster, Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, March 24, 1–3 p.m. (AKC Canine Legislation Presentation, Saturday, March 24, 9-11 a.m.) Inquire at the AKC booth for exact location.

I look forward to seeing or hearing from you soon!

Larry Sorenson
 Larry Sorenson, director
 (919) 816-3722

 Theresa Shea, editor
 (919) 816-3710

 Joanne Beacon, administrator
 (919) 816-3712

 AKC Customer Relations
 (919) 233-9767

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