AKC Educational Match Offered by Local Kennel Clubs Gives Oregon Dog Owners the Chance to Explore AK

-- Learn How to Handle, Groom and Show Your Dog -- Members of AKC-affiliated clubs of the...

Learn How to Handle, Groom and Show Your Dog

Members of AKC-affiliated clubs of the Greater Portland area are offering an opportunity for dog owners to learn how to get involved in AKC-sanctioned events. On June 16, 2007, an "AKC Educational Match" will be held at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro, OR.

The educational portion of the event -- running 9 a.m. through noon -- is free and open to anyone with an interest in dogs. Morning programs will showcase the spectrum of fun and competitive dog activities that AKC offers. Topics include grooming and handling for children and adults, finding and joining a local dog club and preparing to take the AKC Canine Good Citizen test. There will be an Agility demonstration at 9:00 a.m. Agility clubs and organizations will be available to tell you how you can start agility training with your dog! Demonstrations of AKC companion events including Obedience and Rally will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be ongoing for the rest of the day. Area trainers will be available to discuss these activities with attendees.

At 1 p.m. an AKC-sanctioned match will be held. A Junior Showmanship match will begin at 12:30 p.m. and is open to children ages 9 –18. The term "match" refers to a conformation dog show that is intended for newcomers or those who want to practice dog handling skills without actually competing for Championship points. A conformation dog show is the type of dog event often seen on television, such as the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, that evaluates how well a dog conforms to its breed standard as well as its quality as potential breeding stock. The entry fee for the match is $5 per dog; the event is open to all AKC-registerable dogs that are over 3 months old.

In addition to the AKC Conformation Sanction B Match at 1 p.m., there will be an AKC Obedience and Rally "C" Match. We invite all AKC Obedience and Rally exhibitors both new and advanced to come out and run their dogs through the various Obedience and Rally classes. There is no better way to practice for upcoming local shows.

"Many people enjoy watching dog shows on TV but don't realize that it's a fun, family sport that is easy to get involved in. Learning to show your dog can be intimidating to a novice, so we are holding this special event specifically to create a welcoming and educational environment for dog owners who are interested in learning more about AKC dog sports," said Robin Stansell, Vice President of Event Operations. "With local dog shows held frequently by local kennel clubs, we want area residents to realize the many resources that abound for those interested in doing more with their dogs."

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 with a collar and lead, as well as a water bowl and crate if available. All dogs should have appropriate vaccinations.

For more information about attending the AKC Educational Match, contact Mary Strom at parsons@hughes.net or (503) 490-8933 cell, (503) 852-9555 home.