AKC has changed some of the titles and links since my last President’s Message.

I have included all updated activity titles and links. AKC has added a few more activities since my last President’s Message. I have added these activities to the growing list of things to do with your dog.

The first addition is Virtual Home Manners. Here is how AKC describes Virtual Home Manners: Virtual Home Manners (VHM) is the answer when you want to train your dog at home.

When you get a puppy or new adult dog, Virtual Home Manners can get you started on practical skills before you attend a training class. If you want to put a Virtual Home Manners title on your dog, there is information included on the AKC Virtual Home


Enjoy Agility? Now you can get Agility titles at home with the ACT Virtual Program: https://www.akc.org/sports/agility/act-program/act-virtual-program/.

Are you interested in Conformation? Do you miss the Conformation Ring? AKC has the answer for you: Virtual Top Dog Challenge. The entries for Virtual Top Dog III have closed. Stay tuned for the results! Visit https://clippero.com/AmericanKennelClub to follow along with the judging. To check out the program, and hopefully enter a future event, please go to https://www.akc.org/sports/conformation/akc-virtual-top-dog-challenge/.

There are so many things to do with your dog. It is fun for both you and your dog, and is a great bonding experience. If you have a PWD like mine, it can also be pretty hilarious.

Below, from my June, 2020, President’s Message, is my list of all the many different activities you can enjoy together. AKC changes have been made. Titles and links are updated and current.

AKC offers Great Indoor Games to Play with Your Dog and How To Keep Your Dog Entertained Indoors. Here is the link for both: https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/great-indoor-games-to-play-with-your-dog/.

Want to venture outside? AKC helps with A Mentally Stimulated Dog is A Happy One. It is also one that doesn’t get into as much trouble creating its own activities. You can find this at https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/mentally-stimulated-happy-dog/.

AKC offers AKC Trick Dog titles (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Performer, and Elite Performer) that can be earned at home. To learn more about Trick Dog, including how to teach your special tricks to your dog, even just for fun, AKC gives you all you need to know at https://www.akc.org/sports/trick-dog/.

Not only are Trick Dog tricks fun to do with your dog, but the recorded bloopers can be hilarious. Keep those bloopers so you can share them with the rest of us.

There will also be some beautiful performances for Performer and Elite Performer titles. We want to see them too!

The AKC Rally Novice Virtual Pilot Program has been changed to the AKC Rally® Virtual Pilot Program. The AKC Rally Virtual Entry is limited to the AKC Rally Novice B class or the Rally Intermediate class. You can get your Rally Novice B and Intermediate titles without leaving home! Note that the current version of the program expires on December 31, 2020. Here is the link: https://www.akc.org/sports/rally/rally-virtual-entry-pilot/.

Looking for fun things to do at home with your dog? AKC offers AKC Titles & Programs You Can Do From Home. Follow this link: https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/sports/akc-titles-programs-can-home/.

Just walking your dog will qualify you for FIT DOG. Who knew? Details can be found at https://www.akc.org/sports/akc-family-dog-program/akc-fit-dog/.

In addition to FIT DOG, AKC offers suggestions for other activities. Look for details at https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/how-to-get-fit-with-your-dog/.