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AKC My Canine & Me Award

Nominations are now open for the AKC My Canine & Me Award!


Know a child & their dog making a positive impact in their community? Nominate them for the AKC My Canine & Me Award!

The AKC is excited to announce the new award honoring children and young adults who are making a positive impact on the world with their dogs or achieving personal growth by utilizing their knowledge of dogs and their dog ownership. Nominations are open now through August 31st and winners will be announced in early fall 2021.

To be considered, students must be nominated by a parent, teacher, mentor or another adult familiar with their efforts. They must be in good academic standing and show proof by submitting a report card (for grades K-8), GPA (Grades 9-12) or school transcript with the application.

“This award is a great way to highlight children who understand the importance of the human canine bond and used it to positively influence their lives and community” says Ashley Jacot, Director of Education. “We believe these bright young minds are the key to a better future which is why we are pleased to acknowledge their accomplishments with the AKC My Canine & Me Award.”

One award is given in each of the following four categories:

Personal Achievement Award: Celebrating children who have overcome personal challenges with the help of their dog.

Influential Junior Award: Children demonstrating leadership skills with their dog during after-school activities or gatherings and inspiring their peers and teachers as a result.

Innovative Junior Award: Celebrating children who have excelled in honing their creativity through training skills with their dogs.

Community Achievement Award: Celebrating juniors who show commitment and passion through fundraising and contributing to their community for the welfare of dogs.

Winners will be announced annually and awarded $1,000 scholarships which can be used toward tuition, additional training classes or another dog-related activity. Additionally, they will receive a plaque honoring their achievement and a mention and interview on AKC.TV.

Anyone, including the child’s parent, may submit a nomination. Submissions for the AKC My Canine & Me Award must include:

  • Proof of good academic standing by submitting a report card (for grades K-8), GPA (Grades 9-12) or school transcript.
  • A 500-word-or-less description describing the bond between the child and their dog, and the reason for the nomination.
  • Parent’s/Nominator’s name(s), address, phone number and e-mail address.

Nominations will be accepted through August 31, 2021 and should be submitted here, with academic documents (ie. report card, GPA, transcript) sent to