Teach Your Dog to Run a Circle Around You

Try this fun trick with your dog! Nancy Field CPDT-KA of Port Chester Obedience Training Club demonstrates “Teach Your Dog to Run a Circle Around You” with her Labrador Retriever, “Emma.” Let us know how it works for you.

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North America Diving Dogs Holds First Southeastern Event

By: Penny Leigh, CPDT-KA, Program Manager – AKC Canine Partners and AKC GoodDog! Helpline

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Photos by Christine Weisse

The first North America Diving Dogs (NADD) event in the Southeast took place July 26-27 at the lovely Teamworks Dog Training facility in Youngsville, NC.

There were 288 jumps over the weekend with a variety of breeds participating and many titles earned. The longest jump was by a Border Collie at 23′ 9″.  Equally brave and impressive were the Toy Poodle who jumped 5’9″ and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi who jumped 11′.

Breeds included:  All Americans, Australian Shepherds, Border Collies, Boston Terrier, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels, Flat Coat Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Spanish Water Dog, Parson Russell Terrier, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Standard Poodle, Toy Poodle, and Tibetan Terrier.

NADD Judge Michele Godlevski, who owns the Teamworks facility, originally installed her dog swimming pond in 2009 as a way to give her agility dogs a source of low-impact exercise. She began offering dock jumping events in 2011 and said the NADD event had the largest turn-out so far.

The AKC recently began recognizing NADD titles. For more information on the program, click here.

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Photo Roundup: Playful Pups

Do you have a playful pup? Send a photo of your dog with his favorite toy or friend to communications@akc.org and we’ll share it with everyone on the blog!







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AKC’s AVMA Liaison Joseph H. Kinnarney, DVM, MS, elected president-elect of AVMA

A big congratulations to Joseph H. Kinnarney, DVM, MS – AKC’s liaison to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) – on being elected president-elect of the AVMA!

Kinnarney will take over from incoming 2014-15 President Theodore Cohn, DVM, in one year. AKC looks forward to continued collaboration with Dr. Kinnarney and the AVMA as we work to advance canine health and improve the well-being of all dogs.

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Club Spotlight: Trap Falls Kennel Club


At its meeting next month, Trap Falls Kennel Club, an all-breed club based in Shelton, Connecticut, will help local dog owners get prepared for any emergencies they and their dogs might face.

Club members have invited the founder of High Ridge Animal Hospital in Stamford, Connecticut, Dr. Jack Garman, DVM, to educate dog owners about how to put together a emergency first aid/care kit for their dogs on August 5th.

TFKC is devoted to the betterment of the purebred dog and is an advocate for the purebred and mixed breed dog as a family companion. Additionally, TFKC strives to promote responsible dog ownership in the community through public education programs and events. They often host free programs on canine safety.

Learn more about the event in the Shelton Herald.

If you’re in Connecticut, check out their Meeting/Event schedule here.

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Around the Rings

Obedience/Rally Field Representative Sharon Hodgens-Wood recently sent us these fun updates from around the AKC Obedience and Rally rings. Enjoy!


By chance, the dogs were lined up in height order during Novice A and B group sit exercise at the Durham Kennel Club Obedience trial!


Donna Brown and her Irish Wolfhound “Victoria” showed in Novice B at the Durham Kennel Club show on July 13 and qualified, earning their second leg toward the Companion Dog (CD) title. The first leg was earned at an Irish Wolfhound specialty where they also won Highest Scoring Dog in Trial. Donna says Victoria is very sensitive, making training challenging. She thinks their success was meant to be since the judge was Victoria Brown!


Shelly Threlkeld showed her 10 year old Sheltie, “Tango” at the Durham Kennel Club Rally trials on July 11. Tango qualified in Excellent and Advanced in both Trial 1 and Trial 2 which completed their Rally Advanced Excellent (RAE) title. Tango is looking forward to a well earned retirement from an illustrious career in Obedience with a CD, Rally with an RAE and Agility with a MACH (Agility Championship). Good dog!

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Protect Your Pet from Loss or Theft

Learn about why it is so important to microchip your pet and enroll it in a pet recovery service like AKC Reunite. If your dog is ever lost or stolen, a microchip could make the difference in getting him or her back! Dr. Andrea Tu from Park East Animal Hospital shares how the microchipping process works.

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