Welcome to the world of dog sports! Whether you’re a newcomer or fancier, here’s everything you need to get involved with AKC events, including getting started; basic and advanced training tips; competition regulations; and more.

Getting Started in Dog Sports

It’s one of the best ways to deeply bond with your dog. It's great exercise. And it just might be one of the most personally rewarding endeavors of your life.

Which dog sport is right for my dog?

About AKC Sports & Events

conformation dog shows


“Conformation” is the official name for “dog shows.”

As one of the most popular AKC events, conformation events range from large all-breed shows, with over 3,000 dogs entered, to small local specialty club shows that feature only one breed.


Dogs race against a clock as they navigate an obstacle course with strong concentration and speed.

Agility is a growing dog sport in the United States, with over 1 million entries to the AKC’s Agility Program each year. Whether you just want to have fun exercising with your dog, or want to go further and enter an Agility competition, get ready for a fast-paced, rewarding experience.
Retriever Sports

Performance Sports

When you and your dog participate in a performance sport, you show off your dog’s superior skills for performing practical functions that come naturally to him.

Golden Retrievers at the National Obedience Championship.


Obedience Trials demonstrate the dog’s ability to follow specified routines in the obedience ring and emphasize the usefulness of the dog as a companion to humankind.

The objective of obedience trials is to recognize dogs that have been trained to behave in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs in a manner that will reflect credit on the sport of obedience at all times and under all conditions.

Resources for Dog Sport Participants

With 22,000 events held each year, there’s a dog sport for every dog -- and every owner. Here are must-have resources for training and competing in the world of dog sports.