Requirements

CRITERIA TO APPLY FOR RHP MEMBERSHIP:

  • Minimum seven years’ experience showing dogs for a fee (documentation may be required). Credit available for years as an RHP Apprentice
  • Kennel facilities that meet AKC recommended criteria
  • Complete RHP membership application
  • Proof of Kennel ownership or lease
  • Proof of care, custody and control liability insurance at time of application and proof of renewal each year after becoming a member.
  • Adequate vehicle to transport show dogs
  • Current rate schedule and handler/client contract
  • Copy of current driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance
  • Three (3) Reference Letters (Business, Client, Veterinarian)
  • Sign the Code of Ethics for Registered Handlers
  • $100 application fee (non-refundable). $150 balance due at time of full acceptance. (First member of household)

ONGOING ANNUAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MEMBERSHIP:

  • Annual dues of $325 to be paid by Jan. 31 (Discounted based upon attendance of RHP ongoing education and participation in RHP activities)
  • Mandatory ongoing education provided by the RHP throughout the year around the country
  • Mandatory bi-annual vehicle inspection (to be conducted in "odd"–numbered years, i.e. 2015, 2017)

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