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New AKC Position Statement: Freedom of Choice & Education is Pillar of Successful Dog Ownership

On August 8, the American Kennel Club (AKC) Board of Directors unanimously approved a new Canine Legislation Position Statement on Pet Choice. The statement (below) takes a strong stand in support of pet choice, education and responsible pet selection as a foundation for successful long-term pet ownership. It also affirms AKC’s opposition to legislation that… read more

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Dog Show Superintendents Associations Response to AKC Proposal to Alter Closing Time to 11:59pm

To: AKC Dog Show Rules Committee and All Delegates From: The Dog Show Superintendents Association August 2016 – The Dog Show Superintendents Association is committed, like you, to creating a customer friendly environment for all clubs and exhibitors. We also share the mutual goal to grow our sport and work every day to assist in… read more

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Don’t Feed Your Dog These Foods, FDA Warns

The Food and Drug Administration has just confirmed what veterinarians and dog experts have been saying for years: Be wary of feeding your dogcertain “human” foods. On July 27, the federal agency released a warning to pet owners advising that some seemingly harmless foods can be dangerous—sometimes deadly—to our canine companions. “Our bodies may break… read more

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EOD Warrior Foundation Seeks EOD Tech in Need of Assistance Dog

NICEVILLE, Florida – (August 1, 2016) – Many EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) technicians need assistance when they return home from combat. Those who suffer from conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often find that service dogs bring relief, others who have physical injuries, including amputations, blindness, and many others, may find benefit in having a… read more

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AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals Judging Panel Released

The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) is delighted to announce the judging panel for the 2016 AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals (NOHS). The Finals will be held in December in Orlando, Florida as part of theAKC National Championship, hosted in partnership with Royal Canin. Breed and group judging will be held Friday, December 16th, with Best… read more

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Whittier, California Declared AKC Dog Friendly City

The California Federation of Dog Clubs presented the American Kennel Club’s Dog Friendly City Award to the Whittier Mayor and Council at the new Whittier Dog Park. From left to right: CFoDC Director Carol Raschella, CFoDC President Chuck Bridges, CFoDC Vice-President Judythe Coffman, CFoDC Director Connie Koehler, Councilman Fernando Dutra, Mayor Joe Vinatieri, AKC Sr…. read more

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Purina Farms Opens “Better with Pets,” an Interactive and Inspirational Exhibit Exploring Life with Dogs and Cats

Why is life better when shared with a pet? Purina invites pet lovers to find out through a new exhibit, titled “Better with Pets” – Discover Life with Dogs and Cats, now open at the Purina Farms Visitor Center (PurinaFarms.com) in Gray Summit, Missouri. A family-friendly attraction designed specifically for pet lovers, Purina Farms brings… read more

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Olympic Kennel Club – Show Layout Changes

The Olympic Kennel Club has announced some significant changes to their Show and associated specialty shows on August 18th through 21st – 2016 In Advance of the Show the Club would like to thank you for your understanding and flexibility concerning this significant rearrangement of the show grounds For full information and layout changes please… read more

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Research Highlights the Legal Issues of Certifying Emotional Support Animals

COLUMBIA, Mo. – A service animal can help owners with disabilities navigate daily tasks. Service animals are recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as those with months or years of training that serve a specific disability-related function, such as seeing-eye dogs. However, people not necessarily exhibiting a mental or physical disability are eluding… read more

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CALIFORNIA: Committee to Consider Bill Allowing Strangers to Remove Dogs from Vehicles

The California Senate Public Safety Committee will hear Assembly Bill 797 which will allow private citizens to remove a companion animal from a vehicle if they believe that the animal is in imminent danger of suffering harm. Dog owners who reside or participate in events in California are encouraged to contact the Public Safety Committee or… read more

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