Dogs in the Classroom? How a Visit Can Benefit Your Students


Judit, a Visla, and her owner Stephanie were big hits during their visit to a second grade class at General Wayne Elementary School in Malverne, Pennsylvania.

As an AKC Canine Ambassador, Stephanie takes her Visla to visit classrooms of children in her area. These visits help to educate children about purebred dogs, safety around dogs and responsible dog ownership.

Children often turn to pets for comfort when they feel anxious. They also teach children about responsibility and how to nurture. AKC Canine Ambassadors review dog safety by reviewing topics such as how to react when a strange dog approaches you, how to pet (and how not to pet) a dog, etc. These lessons help keep children safe and ensure that their interactions with dogs are positive ones. They also cover important information about being a responsible dog owner. This is a great tie in to a unit on being a good citizen and helps to ensure we are raising children that contribute to the animal world positively.

If you are interested in having an AKC Canine Ambassador visit your classroom, you can find your local Canine Ambassador here: AKC Canine Ambassador Directory

If you have any questions about the Canine Ambassador program, you can contact the Public Education Department at