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The AKC is pleased to announce the expansion of the National Owner-Handled Series by launching the NOHS Levels of Achievement program. Owners and their dogs can obtain Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum recognition by earning a pre-determined number of lifetime NOHS points.

Since 2012, the AKC National Owner-Handled Series has highlighted quality dogs being exhibited by their owners and provided a venue for the owner/handler to demonstrate their dedication to the sport and compete against their peers.

“We are pleased to recognize the accomplishments of all dogs and their owner-handlers going back to the start of the NOHS program,” says Doug Ljungren, Executive Vice President of AKC Sports & Events. “The Levels of Achievement will acknowledge these exhibitor’s hard work and passion for their dogs and enthusiasm for the sport.”

A commemorative pin and downloadable certificate is provided for the highest Level of Achievement a dog has earned at the time the expansion is implemented.  A pin and certificate will be awarded for each higher Level of Achievement earned.

Additional information about the NOHS Levels of Achievement program can be found here. Comments or questions should be sent to