Taking Command
January 2014
New Year, New Dog Laws, and Elections
An important part of responsible dog ownership is making sure that you are aware of and in compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations. Here are some highlights of measures on the federal and state levels that went into effect in 2013.
Trap Falls Kennel Club, Northwest Obedience Club, and Black Hills Dog Training Club Honored with AKC Community Achievement Award
Trap Falls Kennel Club (TFKC), Northwest Obedience Club, Inc. (NOCI) and Black Hills Dog Training Club (BHDTC) have each been honored with an AKC Community Achievement Award for the fourth quarter of 2013 for hosting exceptional AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day events.

The AKC Community Achievement Awards support and recognize outstanding public education and legislation efforts of AKC-affiliated clubs, AKC-recognized federations and their members. The AKC selects award recipients who promote responsible dog ownership within their communities or who have successfully introduced, monitored and responded to legislative issues affecting dog ownership.

From Our Nation's Capitol
The AKC Government Relations team continues to monitor Congress for issues of interest to dog owners. Visit our 2014 Legislative Tracking page and click on "US Fed" on the map to get the latest updates on federal bills currently being monitored by the AKC.

Here are some highlights of measures we are currently tracking on the federal level.
News from the State Capitols
Thirty state legislatures and the District of Columbia are in regular session and bills have been prefiled in 13 states. More than 1,000 state bills that could impact dogs and dog ownership have been filed or carried over from 2013. For the latest information on state and federal bills being tracked by AKC GR, visit the 2014 Legislative Tracking This page, updated each weekday, provides the latest bill text, status, and legislative alerts posted by the AKC. For more information on any of the measures mentioned, contact us at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org.

Here are some highlights of the state bills AKC GR is currently tracking.
Local Issues
The AKC Government Relations Department (AKC GR) assists dog owners with canine legislation issues in their local communities, but we can’t help unless we are aware of the proposal! If you hear of an issue in your city or county, please contact us at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org. We will be happy to provide you with the resources, tools and assistance you need to help support and defend responsible dog ownership in your community.

Here are some examples of the local issues currently being addressed by AKC GR.
Help AKC fight anti-dog legislation
Director's Letter
In 2014, your involvement will be vital to preserving the rights of responsible individuals to choose, breed, own, properly care for, and assure the future of our beloved dogs.  AKC Government Relations can help you protect your rights as a dog owner in your community, but we need your commitment too. As you consider your resolutions for the year ahead, please include these five easy steps to protect your right to own and breed dogs.  The time you spend may be the best investment you make this year.

• Set up a brief meeting with your local representatives or legislators now. A friendly, 10-minute meeting to introduce yourself – especially before an issue arises – will help you to establish yourself as an expert when your legislator needs someone to call for input on future issues.   In the meeting, share the wonderful things you and your club do for the community and responsible dog ownership in general. Encourage them to contact you on canine legislation issues.  If you know of a legislator that is particularly supportive of dog owners, consider nominating them for a Holt/Legislator Of The Year award.

Contact Us
Phone: (919) 816-3720
Email: doglaw@akc.org
Government Relations
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2014 Legislation Tracking
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