Fun Activities your dog will love!
Whether it's running, jumping, scooting or tripping, there's an AKC activity just for you and your dog! Your dog has soooo much energy and let's face it, probably drives you crazy sometimes; getting involved in a dog activity is a great way to blow off a little steam! Plus the two of you can spend more time together. Hey, nothin' wrong with that!
AKC S.T.A.R. PUPPY®
An exciting new program designed to get dog owners and their rambunctious puppies (under 1 year) off to a good start. Find an AKC S.T.A.R. puppy training class in your area and enroll. All puppies that complete the requirements of the 6–week–long course are designated an AKC S.T.A.R. puppy and can receive a medal and a certificate. Your little fella is going to make you so proud. Let's just hope he's not like the dog from the movie Marley and Me. Learn More
AKC CANINE GOOD CITIZEN®
The CGC is a 10–step test of your dog's basic manners (yes, your dog can have good manners) and obedience commands and is a wonderful way to get on the road to doing more fun and exciting dog sports. The CGC also is a prerequisite for many therapy dog certification programs, search and rescue dog services and acceptance in public places like dog parks and public buildings. Hey, and you might get a break on home insurance. Cha–Ching. Learn More
Adrenaline junkie? Then you're gonna love agility. It's an obstacle course where your pooch will barrel through tunnels, fly over jumps, scale catwalks (just don't call them that!) and wind their way through weave poles. It's fun for dogs and even more fun for owners and spectators. Learn More
Easy and competitive—the perfect combo. If your dog can handle some basic obedience skills, then you're good to go. Dogs and handlers make their way through a rally course. Each station has a sign with a different obedience exercise. You can even be the dog whisperer—or shouter—because handlers can talk to their dogs, and give them props by clapping their hands and patting their leg. Learn More
Also known as the "breed ring," is a type of dog show in which a judge familiar with a specific breed of purebred dog, evaluates individual dogs on how well the dogs conform to the specific breed standard. When a dog has completed the necessary number of wins in conformation shows, and fulfilled any other conditions that may be required by the individual breed club or kennel club, the dog is said to have completed a conformation championship. Dogs must be purebred and may not be altered (spayed or neutered) to show in conformation. Learn More
Junior Handling is a conformation program for children under the age of 18, that judges the handler's ability to properly exhibit a dog in a conformation setting. Learn More
We're all a little show–offy, aren't we? Dogs want to get in the act too. Dogs walk in sync with their owners in the heeling exercises. They also demonstrate such awesome skills as Stay, Coming when Called and Allowing a Stranger to Examine Them (hello!). Let the dogs strut their stuff, and they'll be totally welcome in your home and the neighborhood too! Learn More
Tracking is a sport of endurance! Dogs are trained to follow their nose and follow a laid scent trail. The AKC offers three titles in tracking, and the tracks vary according to the difficulty of the title. The more advanced scent trails incorporate a variety of surfaces like roadways, grass, and brush as well as require the dog to work or follow an older scent path. Dogs love to follow their nose, and this activity is an excellent exercise for both you and your dog. Learn More
FSSA offer hunt tests and field trials that allow owners of Field Spaniels to involve their pets in a breed-specific task. Many owners report that their dogs seem to "come alive" when given the opportunity to participate in the very activity it was originally bred for. Involvement in such activities can be extremely fulfilling for both dog and owner. Learn More