AKCommunicates! February 2012 Edition
AKCommunicates! February 2012
Welcome to the new AKCommunicates!, which now includes the AKC Syndicate.

In this issue:

AKC Communications
AKC Exhibitor News
Love Dogs? Love Dog Art? Join us at the Barkfest at Bonhams!

Sunday, February 12, 2012 from 10 a.m. to Noon
580 Madison Avenue, between East 56th and 57th Streets

Barkfest at Bonhams If you'll be in New York City for Westminster, we invite you to Barkfest at Bonhams, a benefit for the AKC Humane Fund. All art lovers and their dogs are invited to join the American Kennel Club at the Bonhams auction house for a charity brunch that presents an exclusive opportunity to peruse Bonham's exquisite collection of dog art just before the 'Dogs in Show & Field: The Fine Art Sale' on February 15th. Enjoy a light brunch while admiring the artwork with your canine companion.

All proceeds from Barkfest at Bonhams benefit the AKC Humane Fund Inc, a 501(c)(3) charity which promotes the joy and value of responsible pet ownership through education, outreach and grant making.

Admission to the brunch is a $50 donation to the AKC Humane Fund in advance or $60 at the door. For reservations, contact AKC's reservation line at 212-696-8306 or reserve your spot online here.

Thank you for your support!
New Event News from our Chairman Ron Menaker
Event Calendar This month, we're pleased to launch a new event that will take place at select dog shows around the country - the AKC Owner-Handler Series.

Owner-handlers are the core of the conformation dog sport, making up the majority of show entries. We're pleased to put the spotlight on all of our owner-handlers and acknowledge the time and dedication they put into their dogs.

The AKC Owner-Handler Series will take place after Best of Breed judging in each breed ring. This competition will be open to all non-professional owner-handlers, whether experienced or novice. All dogs' eligibility must be indicated by checking the Owner-Handler box on the entry form at the time of entry and will be marked as Owner-Handler eligible with an asterisk (*) in the steward's book and catalog.

Learn more here.
Club PR Tips & Tools
AENC Logo Don't miss the World's Greatest Dog Show, the AKC Eukanuba National Championship. This year's show will air on ABC on Saturday, February 4th at 2:00 pm EST (check your local listings). Watch as the country's premier dogs vie for the biggest dog show prize in the world!

The broadcast will be a fun activity that you can share with other dog lovers in your community, and also qualifies as a public education event for your club. Perhaps a local library or community center would like to host a TV dog show party to watch the event. Your club's Canine Ambassador can bring along a live dog, breed poster, and other materials to answer questions and join the fun! What better way to not only make a difference in your town but to help your club meet one of its educational eligibility requirements!

We'll also be posting behind-the-scenes tidbits on Facebook and participating in a Tweet Chat with Eukanuba and dog show fans on Twitter using the hashtag #AKCEukShow. Stop by to root for your favorites or chat with other dog show enthusiasts. Post a photo of your dog watching the show on our Facebook Wall, too!

Visit www.akc.org/aenc for more information about the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.
AKC Syndicate
The AKC Syndicate provides free editorial content about all things dog for editors everywhere. If you serve as your club's newsletter editor or webmaster, the Syndicate may be a useful resource for you.

You can access it online here. The username is akcnews and the password is editor. Here are this month's additions to the Syndicate:
Ask AKC with Lisa Peterson
Lisa and Jinx Every month, longtime breeder, owner and handler Lisa Peterson fields your questions about all aspects of dog ownership. In this issue - a question about acceptable coat patterns in Labradors, and reducing separation anxiety in a Havanese.

Read Lisa's advice here

On this edition of AKC's Pick of the Litter, we meet an Angel on a Leash, welcome a Coonhound to the AKC, find Fido in fine art, and talk to talented juniors. Plus, among the Westminster-related events and festivities is the AKC-hosted annual Barkfest at Bonhams Charity Brunch, which benefits the AKC Humane Fund. Alan Fausel, the Vice President of Bonham's Fine Arts Department, comments on the paintings and drawings that will be offered at the "Dogs in Show and Field" Fine Art Sale, on February 15th. Listen to the podcast.
Quick Tip:
Vacuum Cleaner Alert: American Kennel Club Offers Tips to Help Deal with
Your Dog's Heavy Shedding
Whether your dog's hair is long or short, finding loose fur all over your house is unavoidable when she is shedding. Regular grooming and plenty of brushing in between will help minimize the stray fur you find, but when shedding gets heavy pet owners need to resort to Plan B. To help keep heavy shedding at bay, the American Kennel Club (AKC®) provides the following tips to help make the clean-up easier.

Among them:

  • A good brush. There are many different kinds of brushes out there. Use the correct one for your dog's coat and breed. Try different styles to see what works best, and ask your groomer or veterinarian for recommendations. Also, keep a brush by the door to give your dog a quick sweep while you're outside together.
  • Keep the air moist. Run a humidifier when the weather is dry. This can help moisturize your dog's skin and prevent loose fur from traveling too far.
  • Diet is important. What you feed your dog affects her fur. Feed her a high-quality food to keep her skin and coat in good condition.
  • Don't go overboard with bathing. Bathing your dog too much can dry out her coat, which may trigger more shedding. Give her fewer baths to avoid this.
  • Invest in quality equipment. To make your life easier during shedding, keep a variety of lint-rollers available and purchase a pet-quality vacuum to get rid of all the loose fur.
For more information on all 173 AKC-registered dog breeds and how to care for them, visit the Meet the Breeds website.

© The American Kennel Club, Inc.
Breed of the Month
Curly-Coated Retriever The workaholic of the dog world, the Border Collie is the world's premier sheep herder, prized for its intelligence, extraordinary instinct and working ability. Medium-sized and athletic, the breed controls stock with stalking movement and an intense gaze known as "eye." The Border Collie coat can be rough or smooth and includes any color in bi-color, tri-color, merle, sable, or solid patterns.

Read more here.
AKC News
Public Education
A Reminder About Public Education Orders
Kid Catalog Ordering materials from the AKC is as easy as 1 and 2.

  1. Determine where you plan to distribute your materials, such as a classroom or an AKC-sanctioned show or event.
  2. Determine your needs, such as coloring books for a class of 25 or materials for a three-day all-breed show.
Learn more about what you need to submit to receive your materials here.

Remember: The earlier you can get your order in, the more likely we'll be able to send you the materials you need!
Kudos To...
Trap Falls Kennel Club Kudos to the following clubs for promoting AKC events, activities and opportunities across the country. Recognizing and utilizing your members' particular expertise and capabilities to put your own "spin" on AKC's message points helps them go even further.

Read more here.

Has your club gone above and beyond in the community? Let us know at communications@akc.org and you could receive a Kudos!
Website Spotlight
Savannah Kennel Club
Savannah Kennel Club The Savannah Kennel Club's (SKC) website is easy to navigate and chock full of information about the club and its events. The site provides tabs that visitors can click for more information on the following topics: Club history, the Annual Show, Community events, AKC news, Board of Directors, 2011 Photo gallery, 2010 Annual Show winners, Dogs for adoption and newsletters. The website is updated on a weekly basis, with a brags page coming soon. On the front page, SKC also has a link to monthly meetings and a button that visitors can click to sign-up for the mailing list. What a great and easy way to attract new members and contact them with more information about the club!

Do you think your club's website could serve as an example for other clubs? If you think it deserves recognition, let us know and we could spotlight it here. Send us your website address at communications@akc.org.

Thanks to all of the clubs that routinely generate positive media coverage. If your club has an idea or success story to share, please send it to: Stephanie Smith, Club Communications Manager, American Kennel Club, 4th Floor, 260 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016 or send us your brag in an e-mail to communications@akc.org. We look forward to hearing from you.


The AKC Communications Team

© 2012 American Kennel Club