Getting involved in AKC Virtual Sports and Titling opportunities is an easy and exciting way to get started in dog sports! Whether you and your dog are looking to get active in AKC Agility, earn a training title in home manners, or plot a crowd pleasing AKC Trick Dog routine, the opportunities to get started virtually are endless. Virtual programs act as a great steppingstone to further in-person AKC Sports and Events, and participation allows you to work toward an even more important goal—building an unbreakable bond between you and your dog!
ACT Virtual Program
The ACT Virtual Program allows dogs and their handlers to participate in Agility Course Testing from home! The Agility Course Test (ACT) is an entry-level event designed to introduce and welcome dogs and their handlers to the AKC sport of Agility and is perfect for dogs that are working agility equipment at a beginner level. Those looking to participate can get started from anywhere, whether that be their backyard or local agility training facility.
AKC Virtual Obedience Test
Think your dog is an A+ student? Are your friends and family jealous of how well you’ve trained your dog? Then you should consider participating in Virtual Obedience! Obedience training is the foundation for having a great companion and for all the fun activities you can do with your dog. The Virtual Obedience Test provides an opportunity for handlers to train their dogs, evaluate their skills and teamwork, and get started earning titles in the sport of Virtual Obedience all from the comfort of home!
AKC Rally® Virtual Program
The AKC Rally® Virtual Program is a fun family sport for you and your dog! The sport requires dog and handler teams to perform training skills such as sit, down, stay, etc. as they move through a course of 10-20 different signs that designate what skill to display. Virtual Rally courses can be set up in your backyard or local park. Rally is about working happily together as a team with unlimited communication from you to your dog. It’s a perfect starting point for those who are new to canine sports!
Virtual Scent Work
The Virtual Scent Work Test (VSWT) provides dogs and owners an activity that utilizes their dog’s natural ability to detect search items from the comfort of home! Teams can work at their own pace to find everyday items hidden in various locations, all while developing skills and confidence along the way! The VSWT is the perfect way for owners to bond with their dogs and get started in the sport of AKC Scent Work.
Virtual Home Manners
Virtual Home Manners is the answer for when you want to continue your dog’s training from the comfort of your home. The program assesses for the 10 necessary skills that well-mannered dogs need at home. Each VHM skill focuses on gaining basic control of your dog, building a stronger relationship between you and your dog, and helping your dog become a well-behaved canine. VHM offers two official AKC titles, one for puppies and one for adult dogs.
AKC Virtual Trick Dog
Do you and your dog love being the life of the party by showing off your arsenal of tricks together? Then earning an AKC Trick Dog title virtually may be the perfect activity to partake in from home. Training towards an AKC Trick Dog title isn’t just for laughs, it’s a great way to spend quality time with your dog and helps forge a human-canine bond that leads to a more satisfying life together.
AKC FIT DOG
Now more than ever, fitness is important for both dogs and people. The most recommended exercise to improve fitness is walking. AKC FIT DOG is an introductory level walking incentive program for dogs and their owners. Participation in the AKC FIT DOG program is done virtually and can bring health benefits to both you and your dog.
Virtual Water Test
The Virtual Water Test is a convenient option for owners to demonstrate their dog’s ability to retrieve over water. The owner or handler submits a video of a dog performing the water test. The dog’s performance is evaluated by two field trials or hunting test judges. The owner will receive an e-certificate proving their dog passed the test.