AKC Canine Clubs-Community Dogs


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.

If you have any questions, please email publiced@akc.org.

Public Education Award Submissions Are Due July 1st!

Educator-Resources-PE-AwardIt 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 publiced@akc.org 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.

For a list of Public Education Outreach examples, please visit the AKC Public Education Award website at http://www.akc.org/public-education/public-education-award/public-education-award/.

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 publiced@akc.org with questions or concerns.  We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Check Out Our New Lesson Plans!

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We have posted five new lesson plans below to use in your classrooms:

K-2 English Language Arts: Word Syllables with Dog Breeds

3-5 Science: The Environment and Dog Traits

3-5 Social Studies: Dog Identification Tags to Microchips

6-8 English Language Arts: Dogs in Poetry

9-12 English Language Arts: Research Writing Project: Canine Exercise

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!

Learn About Purebred Dogs Through The AKC Puppy Pack!


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

Read more about the AKC Puppy Pack, here!

Children can participate in dog shows, too!

AKC National Championship 2016

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!

New Lesson Plans Available

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Attention all teachers!  We have posted four new lesson plans below to use in your classrooms:

K-2 Social Studies: Balto the Sled Dog

3-5 Math: Measure and Estimate the Liquid Volume of Water

6-8 Math: Drawing a Dog Face with Geometric Shapes and Lines

9-12 Science: Group Behavior

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!


The Results Are In!

My puppy keeps me company

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!

Promoting Reading Engagement Through Our New AKC B.A.R.K Program (Be A Reading Kid)

Tales for tails: exceptional family members read for exceptional pooches

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.

We would love to grow our blog readers, so please share this blog post with your network.  Be sure to check back for updates about the AKC B.A.R.K Program!

Introducing New Lesson Plans for Teachers

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Happy Monday to our AKC Public Education Blog Followers!  We thank you for your continued support of our blog.  We appreciate you!

We have recently added FOUR new lesson plans to our Educator Resources page:

K-2: Heredity of Dogs and Plants

3-5: Opinion Writing: Let’s Get a Dog!

6-8: Famous Dog Breeds in Television and Movies

9-12: Mathematical Modeling with Dog Food Brands

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 publiced@akc.org.

Please share our blog with your network, and be sure to check back for new posts!