AKC Canine Experience Offers Kansas City Dog Lovers Chance to Try AKC Sports With Their Dogs

-- Learn How to Handle, Groom, Show Your Dog and Compete in Agility -- More than 51 dog clubs...

Learn How to Handle, Groom, Show Your Dog and Compete in Agility


More than 51 dog clubs from Kansas City and the surrounding have joined together to offer a golden opportunity for area dog owners to learn about and get involved in AKC-sanctioned dog shows and sports. On Saturday, May 10, 2008, the clubs will host an AKC Canine Experience at the Governor’s Exposition Building, The American Royal Center, in Kansas City, Mo.

The AKC Canine Experience is a large, local, multi-club, multi-sport event that introduces and welcomes owners of newly AKC-registered puppies to and educates them about the sport of purebred dogs. The day-long event features educational presentations followed by a match, during which new exhibitors and future fanciers practice their newly learned skills.

Beginning at 10 a.m., the educational portion of the event is free and open to anyone with an interest in dogs. Programs will showcase the spectrum of fun and competitive dog activities that AKC offers. Topics to be covered include grooming and handling for both children and adults, finding and joining a local kennel club, dog show entry assistance and preparing to take the AKC Canine Good Citizen test. Run-throughs of AKC companion events such as Obedience and Rally will be ongoing throughout the day, and area trainers will be available to discuss these activities with attendees. An agility demonstration will also be presented.

"Many people enjoy watching dog shows, such as the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, on TV but don’t realize how easy and family-friendly the sport is to get involved in. We understand that aspects of showing your dog can be intimidating to newcomers, so this event is being held specifically to create a welcoming environment for those who want to learn more about AKC dog sports," said Robin Stansell, AKC Vice President of Event Operations. "There are many dog show opportunities available in the Kansas City area for those who want to participate. We hope that the AKC Canine Experience will give dog owners the confidence and background knowledge to do so."

Practice Obedience and Rally course run-throughs will be held at 10:30 a.m. At 1 p.m. an AKC-sanctioned dog show intended for newcomers or those who want to practice dog handling without competing for Championship points will be held. A conformation dog show is the type of event often seen on television that is intended to evaluate how well a dog conforms to its breed standard as well as its quality as potential breeding stock.

Local dog club members, groomers and trainers will be on hand to answer any questions, and a dog supply vendor will be onsite with an assortment of pet products available for purchase. Attendees are encouraged to bring their dog (at least 3-months of age with current vaccinations) with a collar and lead, AKC registration or PAL/ILP number (if you have one) as well as a water bowl and crate, if available. You will register at the event.

For more information about attending the AKC Canine Experience, contact Bob and Judy Goodin at rgoodin@kc.rr.com, (913) 727-1966, or Dick Rees at bosterr47@yahoo.com, (913) 383-2827. Visit the Heart of America website at http://heartofamericakc.org/ for other information, such as directions, American Royal site map and floor plan.