New Exhibitor Mentor Program


Mission Statement

Whether you are just doing some preliminary research in choosing the right breed or you already have your canine companion and want to learn more, this is an excellent place for you to start!

AKC Mentors are ready to share their years of knowledge and experience with you!


Program information

Program Introduction

The AKC New Exhibitor Mentoring Program is designed to help recent registrants of AKC dogs or those thinking about getting an AKC registered dog meet experienced dog fanciers and breeders to assist them in getting started. These seasoned handlers and exhibitors will share their expertise with those expressing an interest in entering the exciting world of AKC competition.

How it works:
When you submit a signed application we will send you a list of qualified mentors located in your state. These mentors have the experience necessary to get you started regardless of what breed you have. They will provide you with such tools as:

  • Basic Dog Show/Event Etiquette
  • Dog Show/Event Judging Procedures
  • Understanding Common Show/Event Terms
  • Types of Events
  • How to Fill Out An Entry Form
  • How to join a dog club in your area

Mentoring has a long history with AKC and relationships developed this way have often lasted lifetimes. Who knows, perhaps some day it will come full circle and you will be mentoring a new exhibitor in the years to come!

Mentee Application

Mentor Application