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The Idaho Legislature concluded its 2023 legislative session on April 6th. AKC actively monitored a few bills this session; however, there was not any substantial action on legislation that would impact dog owners.

While the session is adjourned, we are seeing many local governments across the country considering proposals that would impact dog owners in their community.  We encourage Idaho residents to watch local media and county and municipal government agendas to ensure nothing is being proposed that would impact dog owners and breeders.

To see what’s going on around the country – including crucial legislation in Congress – visit the AKC Legislative Action Center at  Here you can also find resources and talking points on a broad variety of canine policy issues to help you and your club be effective advocates for dogs.

Also, please welcome the AKC GR team’s newest Regional Analyst/ Community Outreach Coordinator, Bob Rilling-Smith.  Bob is based out of the Sacramento area and has responsibility for the US Western States region, including California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Montana, and Idaho.

Bob can be contacted at: or via phone at (919) 816-3960.  We encourage you to reach out if you hear of any dog-related proposals in your area, and he is also available to meet with clubs to discuss legislative trends, and how to be effective advocates for your dogs, dog sports, and breeding programs.

AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) will continue to provide updates and alerts on bills that could impact you.  As always, if you should see or hear about any legislation that would impact dog owners in Idaho, please reach out to AKC Government Relations.