Advancing the sport and future of purebred dogs through community education and engagement.
The mission of the AKC Public Education Department is to engage, facilitate, and convey to the general public the ongoing importance of the relationships between people and canines through education and outreach. We work to advance the sport and the future of purebred dogs by enriching the experiences of our members, building our community, and promoting responsible dog ownership.
AKC Education has recently launched AKC Canine Clubs-Community Dogs! This after-school program was adapted with permission from the research and work of Camden Olson of Princeton University. It is designed for students in grades 6-12 and can be addressed for students with socio-emotional trouble or those who have trouble paying attention in class. It can be hosted by a teacher or group leader in any school or youth organization that is knowledgeable in dog training. The goal of the club is for children to learn about dog training and behavior, through fun and educational curriculum conducted in forty-five-minute sessions over the course of ten weeks.
To learn more detailed information about this new club and to access lesson plans and resources, please visit the AKC Canine Clubs-Community Dogs website, HERE! You can also register your Canine Club to receive important updates, resources, and support, as well as read more about Camden Olson.
It is that time of year again for our annual 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. The winning club will receive a $500 award and a plaque to be presented at a future Club event. All AKC Clubs that have an active Public Education Coordinator are eligible to apply for this award.
To apply for this award, a club must submit the following by email to email@example.com on or before July 1st, 2019:
Submit name and contact information (email and phone number) of Club’s Public Education Coordinator.
Essay (500 words or less) that answers the following: How has your club positively contributed to the education of the public about the ongoing importance of relationships between people and canines?
List of Public Education outreach activities conducted in the past year and any available pictures of the activities.
A committee of AKC employees will vote on the winner using the following criteria: eligibility of club per requirements and evidence of active Public Education outreach. A club is only eligible to win this award every two years.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns. We look forward to receiving your submissions!
Grades K-2 Teachers, are you looking for a hands-on, interactive ELA lesson? Give our Word Syllables with Dog Breeds lesson a try! Students will not only learn how to segment words into syllables, but will also learn the names of several popular dog breeds.
We would love to see our lessons in action! Send us lesson photos for a chance to win an Amazon Gift Card for your classroom. Find specific details here!
National Purebred Dog Day is quickly approaching on May 1st! What better way to celebrate and learn about purebred dogs then to follow the AKC Puppy Pack, which you can find on the American Kennel Club Instagram account (@americankennelclub). This program features the first year of seven different puppies’ lives. It includes educational content, photos, and videos of the puppies as they visit the veterinarian, participate in training, sports & events, and other daily activities. The AKC Puppy Pack members are:
Russell Terrier, Smidge
English Setter, Hazel
Ibizan Hound, Gideon
French Bulldog, Marzipan
Bernese Mountain Dog, Nymeria
Australian Shepherd, Ryder
Shih Tzu, Stryker
Children are our biggest investment when it comes to shaping the future for dog sports and responsible dog ownership. Not only can adults participate, but children or juniors can too! Visit AKC’s Junior Resources web page HERE to learn more about how children can get involved in the sport. You will find detailed information about Junior Showmanship, Training, Events, Programs, Resources, and much more!
Meet three outstanding juniors in this heartwarming AKC article that you must read, HERE!
If you are looking for an interactive, hands-on Math lesson for grades 6-8, Drawing a Dog Face with Geometric Shapes and Lines is great! It incorporates geometry, art, dogs, and technology all in one lesson. We would love to see this lesson in action! Send us lesson photos for a chance to win an Amazon Gift Card for your classroom. Find specific details here!
On March 20, 2019, American Kennel Club released the Most Popular Dog Breeds of 2018, ranked by registration. For a record 28th year, the Labrador Retriever has remained in the country’s Top Ten most popular breeds, while the German Shorthaired Pointer continues to make its climb up to the top.
Check out the full list of AKC’s Most Popular Dog Breeds of 2018 (2019) here. Find another informative article about the rankings, the Labrador Retriever, and “Other Movers and Shakers” here!
In honor of Read Across America Day on March 2, we have launched our AKC B.A.R.K Program (Be A Reading Kid). What better time to share our love of reading and dogs through this new and exciting reading program for children of all ages! This program aims to encourage children to read, specifically with a dog. Children can read to their own dog or locate a dog in their area through an online database. This is a great opportunity for children to feel more comfortable around dogs and form a special canine bond. How does the program work?
Participants read a book of their choosing to a dog.
Parents submit the number of hours read, along with any other required information.
AKC Public Education tracks the information and provides incentives to participants to recognize them for hours read.
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Our lessons are created by educators, standards-based, and revolve around dogs! We encourage teachers to utilize the lessons and share their experiences teaching them in their classrooms. Teachers can then enter for a chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift card, here! Please reach out to us with any questions at email@example.com.
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