The goal of AKC Education is to educate breeders, judges, groomers, trainers, and the general dog owning public about purebred dogs and the sport of purebred dogs through AKC Canine College, AKC Public Education and the AKC Education Webinar Series.
Resources and programs for AKC licensed clubs can be found on the left under “Club Resources,” while resources and programs for the general public can be found on the left under “Community Resources.”
Learn more about our programs and resources below.
AKC Public Education
AKC Public Education teaches and promotes responsible dog ownership and fosters participation in the world of purebred dogs. Outreach programs and publications explain how to ever-strengthen the invaluable human-canine bond.
You can stay up to date on what is happening in AKC Public Education by visiting our blog.
The AKC B.A.R.K. (Be a Reading Kid) Program invites children of all ages to read a book of their choosing to a dog. This program is designed to provide a new activity for children to do with their dogs, ever strengthening the human-canine bond, while also providing an opportunity to improve their reading skills.
AKC Canine Clubs is an after school program designed for students in grades K-8. AKC Canine Clubs can be hosted by a teacher or group leader in any school or youth organization.
AKC Canine Clubs-Community Dogs is an after school program designed for students in grades 6-12. AKC Canine Clubs-Community Dogs can be hosted by a teacher or group leader in any school or youth organization.
Find dog-themed lesson plans in Math, Science, Art, Social Studies/History and English/Language Arts for children of all ages.
Canine Ambassadors are very knowledgeable experts that are available to speak to your youth group or community organization.
The Public Education department offers brochures, books, and fliers that contain popular AKC responsible dog ownership messages or games and activities for children, as well as a wealth of information for current and prospective dog owners.
The AKC Patch Program is a wonderful blend of fun and facts, which allows children to learn about AKC purebred dogs and dog shows.
Visit this section if you are interested in becoming a Canine Ambassador.
Hosting an art contest is a great way to enrich your event. It gives the Club an opportunity to interact with the community in a new way and it also allows the Club to bring more people to their event. We have included all of the resources you will need to plan your Club’s art contest. We are always available to help in any way we can.
The Public Education Department seeks to acknowledge the efforts of those working to engage, facilitate, and convey the ongoing importance of the relationships between people and canines through education and outreach. Through this acknowledgement, the AKC Public Education Department hopes to ensure Club’s continued efforts in the area of Public Education, and to encourage others to join in the efforts.
Find brochures, books, videos and fliers for your dog events.
The AKC recognizes and appreciates the enormous contributions that Parent and All-Breed Clubs give to the sport. The AKC Education Summit provides an opportunity to continue our partnership exploring additional opportunities for collaboration as we continue to work toward our common goals.
AKC Canine College
AKC Canine College is dedicated to providing quality online courses for breeders, judges, groomers, trainers and the general dog owning public.
Parent Clubs interested in learning more about breed course development can do so here.
AKC Canine College course and exam offerings can be found here.
AKC Education Webinar Series
The AKC Education Webinar Series provides an opportunity for Clubs to learn more about the resources AKC has to offer.
The last Wednesday of every month will bring a new topic covering misconduct, making your show an event, social media and marketing, tax laws and much more. There is no limit to the number of club members that may attend. During the webinars, you will be able to ask questions and participate in open discussion.