What's in the Program?

  • Public recognition for those handlers enrolled in the AKC
  • Registered Handlers Program, which shows they are committed to abide by the published high standards of dog care and business practices
  • Contact information listed on AKC website handler directory
  • Direct incoming calls from owners seeking handlers to AKC Registered Handlers
  • Publication in AKC Gazette and on AKC lists
  • Separate designation in show catalogs for AKC Registered Handlers
  • The pride of knowing you are helping to educate and set examples for newcomers to the sport and to the profession
  • AKC is educating the dog show public about what to look for in a true professional handler
  • Apprenticeship program to provide additional credit for those who apprentice with AKC Registered handlers
  • $10,000 Life Insurance Benefit ($6,500 for age 65 and older)
  • 10% product discount from Cherrybrook
  • 10% product discount from Harry O

A Quick Guide to the Disciplinary Guidelines

The disciplinary guidelines approved by the AKC Board of Directors are modeled on the way true professional handlers already run their businesses – think of these guidelines as a "breed standard for handlers." It is not anticipated that the handlers who qualify for the AKC Program will fail to follow the guidelines. But, if a complaint comes in, the handler involved will be contacted right away to review the allegations. No fines are "automatic" – the facts will be thoroughly investigated before action, if any, is taken. The Handlers guidelines do not contain suspensions from AKC privileges – suspensions fall into the area of Event Committee hearings, just as they always have, and all persons in the sport are subject to them.