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AKC Canine Health Foundation Announces Funding to Address Canine Thyroid Disease

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 29, 2016) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent, treat and cure diseases in all dogs, announces an exciting new grant that aims to address thyroid disease in dogs. Funding for this grant is made possible by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), a… read more

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AKC Suspends Use of Collapsed Tunnel

After concerns raised by the Agility community involving the collapsed tunnel, AKC Agility has suspended the use of this obstacle. See a message from Carrie DeYoung, Director of Agility, below: This past week, the AKC Agility department held their annual field representative meeting. During the meeting, the staff reviewed concerns raised by the Agility community… read more

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Passion Becomes a Practice for Future Veterinarians as Animal Planet Premieres Life At Vet U

        The Six-Part Series Premieres Saturday, October 1 at 10 PM ET/PT Animal Planet takes viewers behind the scenes of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) as six students embark on a journey to graduation – the culmination of four intense, but rewarding, years of never-ending studying, round-the-clock… read more

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AKC Humane Fund Announces Winners of the 2016 Sir John D. Spurling, OBE,KCVO Scholarship

Today the AKC Humane Fund, Inc. is proud to announce the recipients of this year’s Sir John D. Spurling Scholarship, which celebrates the human-canine bond. This honor is bestowed every year on five full-time students who are enrolled in courses of study that contribute to the well-being of dogs and the advancement of responsible pet… read more

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New Survey Confirms Dog Owners are Emotionally Connected to Their Dogs But Knowledge Gap May Exist About Healthy Aging in Their Canine Companions

Does your dog stare at you for no apparent reason? Does he bark to get your attention? If so, you may be witnessing his cognitive skills in action, even if you didn’t know it. A new online survey1 of dog owners from Purina Pro Plan, a leader in canine nutrition, asked one-thousand dog owners about healthy… read more

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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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