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Becoming a Canine Ambassador

Becoming a Canine Ambassador

Canine Ambassadors contribute to their clubs’ and/or AKC’s public education efforts by making presentations to groups of children in classrooms or other venues. Canine Ambassadors bring their AKC-registered, PAL or AKC Canine Partner dog to the presentation.

It is important to carefully consider whether your dog is a good fit for this program. This program is best suited for dogs that are comfortable in and around large groups of both adults and children of all ages.

Once you decide you want to become a Canine Ambassador, complete the online sign-up form.

There are two paths for acceptance into the AKC Canine Ambassador Program.

If you ARE a Member of an AKC Member Club or an AKC Licensed Club If you Are NOT a Member of an AKC Member Club or AKC Licensed Club
  • Must be a member in good standing
  • Must submit a letter of recommendation from a current club officer
  • Must complete Canine Ambassador Training (to be provided once applied)
  • Must submit a log of activities
  • Must make a visit at least once per year. If you have special circumstances that make this difficult, you may email us at publiced@akc.org
  • Dogs that take part in the AKC Canine Ambassador Program must be CGC certified
  • Must have a minimum of ten years involvement in dogs and/or dog sports
  • Must submit a letter of recommendation from someone that can attest to your involvement in dogs and/or dog sports*
  • Must complete Canine Ambassador Training (to be provided once applied)
  • Must submit a log of activities
  • Must make a visit at least once per year. If you have special circumstances that make this difficult, you may email us at publiced@akc.org
  • Dogs that take part in the AKC Canine Ambassador Program must be CGC certified

Please note that if you are a member of an AKC Member Club or an AKC Licensed Club, you must follow those requirements, including the submission of a letter of recommendation from a current club officer.

If you have questions about either path of acceptance into the AKC Canine Ambassador Program, please email us at publiced@akc.org.

We will add your name to a state-by-state directory of Ambassadors and send you tips on how to get started. The AKC Canine Ambassador directories can help you establish contact with people interested in the program.

“If I can help educate children and make them comfortable around dogs, it’s worth the time spent and even better when they want to learn to handle and train dogs.”
Amy Rogers, English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association