The Canine Ambassador Program is a network of volunteers from local AKC-affiliated dog clubs who make presentations to children in classrooms, at libraries, in after-school programs, at Boy/Girl Scout Meetings, on various topics related to the world of purebred dogs. Canine Ambassadors contribute to their clubs’ public education efforts though these presentations, and often with the help of their AKC-registered, PAL or AKC Canine Partner dog. Once you decide you want to become a Canine Ambassador, complete the online sign-up form and have a club officer willing to speak on your behalf. Email the Public Education Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. Canine Ambassadors must be members in good standing with an AKC-affiliated club. As a Canine Ambassador, you represent your club; you are not a direct representative of the AKC.
We will add your name to a directory of Ambassadors. The directory can help establish contact with people interested in the program. Of course, you need not wait for a school to contact you, and in fact we encourage Ambassadors to make an effort to reach out to their local schools or youth groups to introduce themselves. You can find lesson plans, guidleines for for developing your program, and reproducibles in the Canine Ambassador Resource Center.
The AKC’s Public Education department publishes new material, updated reproducibles, tips from fellow Ambassadors and other ideas to keep your program going strong. While we offer suggestions and support, the actual content of your presentation is determined by you in conjunction with your host.
“You’ll be amazed at how rewarding our Canine Ambassador visits are. The thank-you letters and the pictures will bring tears to your eyes. Zelda (my Dalmatian) and I have been visiting schools for more than six years, and we both still enjoy it immensely.”
— Marilyn Dromgoole, Dalmatian Club of America
Email the AKC’s Public Education Department at email@example.com.