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AKC’s Leader of the Pack program is designed to get high school students involved in their communities.  The mission of AKC Public Education is to foster and continue to find ways to ever strengthen the human-canine bond.  By participating in this program, students will have an opportunity to give back to their own dog communities by volunteering in a series of activities of their choosing.

For participating in the program, AKC Public Education will offer a written letter of recommendation for the student to use towards their college application process.

  • Project Proposal +

    Each student taking part in the AKC Leader of the Pack program is required to complete a project proposal.  You can find the form here: Project Proposal Form

    Activities to be completed:

    Students can choose from a list of dog related service opportunities in their community.  Students can come up with their own activity, but it must be submitted to publiced@akc.org for approval.  A list of activities is provided below:

    Ideas for activities students can complete:

    • Volunteer to help clean up local dog park.
    • Volunteer at Vet or shelter.
    • Help walk neighborhood dogs.
    • Complete one of the following FREE courses in Canine College.
      • Conformation for Beginners
      • ABC’s of Dog Breeding: Canine Genetics
      • ABC’s of Dog Breeding: Breeding Basics
      • ABC’s of Dog Breeding: Pedigree
      • ABC’s of Dog Breeding: Canine Anatomy
      • Meet the Breeds
    • Create a dog first aid kit.
    • Participate in and try all the skills of the AKC Canine and Me program with your dog.
    • Host a “dog wash” and offer to bathe the dogs in your neighborhood.  Instead of receiving money, owners can bring pet items to donate to your local shelter.
    • Check your local community for dog related events- Bark in the Park, 5K, etc.  Reach out to the organization and ask to help set up/clean up.
    • Reach out to a local dog club in your area and attend a meeting, help them with a local event or show.

  • Service Hours +

    20 hours are required as part of the program.  Hours can be logged here AKC Leader of the Pack Service Hours .

  • Essay +

    The third and final requirement for the AKC Leader of the Pack program is a 500-word essay describing the student’s experience.  The completed essay should be emailed to publiced@akc.org .  The requirements for the essay are listed below:

    • Write a 500 word essay (double spaced, MLA format) detailing service experience
    • include their connection to dogs or reasonings for choosing this program
    • What was the project?
    • How did it benefit the dog community?
    • Who from the group benefiting from the project gave guidance?
    • Who helped carry out the project?
    • What materials were used and how were they acquired?
    • What did you enjoy about the project?
    • What would you change, if anything?
    • What did you learn in the process?

  • Reference +

    Provide at least one reference to verify project completion- someone you worked with during your project. Please have fill out the following link: Student Verification

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