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AKC Education

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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.

  • About AKC Education +
  • 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.

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    Community Resources

    AKC Canine Clubs

    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 PupPals Program

    Do you know of a child that needs cheering up? AKC Education knows the power that canines have to bring joy and comfort to people. The AKC PupPals Program seeks to provide children with a note from a canine friend just when they need it most.

    AKC Kids News

    AKC Kids’ News is a free online newsletter packed with fun, interactive content for students and teachers. Each issue features downloadable resources, related articles and crafts. Newsletters are sent quarterly, to those who subscribe.

    AKC Breed of the Week for Kids

    AKC Breed of the Week for Kids provides participants with a new breed each week about which they can learn. Children navigate through a variety of fun activities about the breed, before finally earning a sticker of the breed that they can add to their AKC Breed of the Week sticker chart!

    AKC Virtual Patch Program

    The AKC Patch Program, launched in 2016, is an interactive scavenger hunt designed to be hosted at a dog show and to teach children ages 5-18 about purebred dogs and the sport of purebred dogs. As we are stay home during the COVID-19 crisis, AKC Public Education has introduced the AKC Virtual Patch Program. This program is open to children ages 5-18 and all participants receive a virtual patch!

    AKC At Home with My Dog Art Contest

    Our dogs love to spend time with us! For those of us that can stay home during this difficult time, we’ve had more time than ever with our canine friends. The American Kennel Club is hosting an art contest! Show us what “At Home with my Dog” looks like for you! Anyone from kindergarten students to adults are eligible to enter. The top winner in each age/grade level category will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

    AKC Meet the Breeds Art Contest (Nashville)

    The American Kennel Club is hosting an art contest for students in grades K through college. The top winner in each category will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. Artwork will be on display at AKC Meet the Breeds in Nashville, TN in September.

    AKC Canine Clubs-Community Dogs

    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.

    Educator Resources

    Find dog-themed lesson plans in Math, Science, Art, Social Studies/History and English/Language Arts for children of all ages.

    Finding an AKC Canine Ambassador

    Canine Ambassadors are very knowledgeable experts that are available to speak to your youth group or community organization.

    Resource Center

    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.

    Club Resources

    AKC Canine College

    AKC Canine College is dedicated to creating quality online courses for judges, groomers, breeders, trainers and the general dog owning public. Our goal is to provide a valuable supplemental online educational tool for all breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club. Judges and breed enthusiasts will be able to access these courses anytime, anywhere!

    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.

    AKC Patch Program

    The AKC Patch Program is a wonderful blend of fun and facts, which allows children to learn about AKC purebred dogs and dog shows.

    Canine Ambassador Program for Clubs

    Visit this section if you are interested in becoming a Canine Ambassador.

    AKC Math Agility

    Geared toward children ages five to ten, AKC Math Agility combines the sport of agility with basic math equations to assist children in solidifying their math skills while having fun with dogs. With this new offering, AKC Public Education provides children, parents and teachers a mobile learning game that simultaneously educates about purebred dog breeds and the sport of purebred dogs.

    Host an Art Contest at a Club Event

    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.

    Public Education Award

    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.

    Resources for Clubs

    Find brochures, books, videos and fliers for your dog events.

    AKC Education Summit

    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.

    Contact AKC Public Education

  • 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.

    Contact AKC Canine College

  • 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.

    Contact AKC Education Webinar Series

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