• Have seven years experience showing dogs for a fee (documentation may be required).
  • Have kennel facilities that meet AKC recommended criteria.
  • Must complete RHP membership application.
  • Proof of Kennel ownership or lease.
  • Show proof of care, custody and control liability insurance at time of application and proof of renewal each year after becoming a member.
  • Have adequate vehicle to transport show dogs.
  • Provide a current rate schedule and handler/client contract.
  • Provide copy of current driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance.
  • Provide 3 Reference Letters (Business, Client, Veterinarian).
  • Must sign the Code of Ethics for Registered Handlers.
  • Payment of $100 application fee (non-refundable) and $150 balance due at time of full acceptance.
  • Annual dues of $325 is due every Jan. 31 ($250 provided member attends the annual RHP ongoing educational seminar).

Application packets are available by e-mailing your request to:, calling 919-816-3884 or writing to: American Kennel Club, Attn: Handlers Department, 8051 Arco Corporate Drive, Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27617-3390.