What titles does AKC recognize?

Answered by Edward Huber

The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes a wide range of titles and activities for dogs. As a dog lover and owner myself, I have had the opportunity to explore some of these titles and activities with my own furry friends. Here are a few examples:

1. Barn Hunt: This is a relatively new and exciting sport that tests a dog’s ability to locate rats hidden in a barn-like setting. Dogs must use their keen sense of smell and hunting instincts to locate and signal the presence of the rats. The AKC offers titles for different levels of proficiency in Barn Hunt.

2. Trick Dog: The AKC Trick Dog program recognizes dogs that have mastered a variety of tricks. From basic commands like sit and stay to more complex tricks like rolling over or playing dead, dogs can earn different levels of Trick Dog titles based on their abilities.

3. Canine Good Citizen (CGC): This program is designed to promote responsible dog ownership and good manners in dogs. Dogs that pass the CGC test demonstrate good behavior in various situations, such as walking on a loose leash, accepting a friendly stranger, and staying calm during distractions. Earning the CGC title can be a stepping stone to other activities and therapy work.

4. Therapy Dogs: Therapy dogs provide comfort and companionship to people in various settings, such as hospitals, nursing homes, and schools. The AKC recognizes titles for therapy dogs that have undergone training and evaluation to ensure they are well-behaved and suitable for these important roles.

5. Dock Diving: This high-energy sport involves dogs jumping off a dock into a pool of water, with distance and height being measured. Dogs that excel in this sport can earn titles based on their performance in competitions.

6. Parent Club and Working Dogs: The AKC works closely with various parent clubs for specific breeds, which often have their own titles and activities. These can include working trials, herding tests, and field trials, among others. These activities highlight the specific skills and traits of different breeds.

7. Flyball: Flyball is a team sport where dogs race against each other, jumping over hurdles and retrieving a tennis ball from a spring-loaded box. Titles can be earned based on a dog’s speed and accuracy in completing the course.

8. Search and Rescue: Search and Rescue dogs are trained to locate missing persons in various scenarios, such as natural disasters or wilderness searches. The AKC recognizes titles for dogs that have successfully completed training and demonstrated their ability to perform search and rescue tasks.

These are just a few examples of the titles and activities recognized by the AKC. Each one offers unique opportunities for dogs and their owners to bond, showcase their skills, and contribute to their communities. As a dog owner, I have found participating in these activities to be immensely rewarding for both myself and my furry companions.