I have good news for all you obedience wanna-bes. AKC has just opened up their obedience and agility to Mixed Breed dogs, which includes the Aussiedoodles. Good that AKC has finally caught up with the rest or the world in realizing what smart wonderful dogs these Hybrids are. I have shown dogs AKC for over 12 years and hated turning my back on them and I'm glad now that they are starting to recognize my KIDS. If any of you would like to show your dogs in Obedience (where they will blow the competition away) you can now enroll your pups in American Canine Partners and join the fun at the dog shows. It is my fervent wish to someday see an Aussie-Poo at Westminster and I will work diligently setting the type for these guys and hope to be a foundation kennel for a new breed. Lofty hopes, maybe, but after 35 years of breeding dogs I think I'm ready. I only hope I live long enough to see it and all of you out there help me by promoting our 'New Breed".
In an effort to honor the thousands of therapy dog teams that make a difference in the lives of others daily, the AKC has added four new titles to its popular AKC Therapy DogTM program.
In addition to the AKC Therapy Dog (ThD) title (awarded after 50 visits), the AKC now offers:
AKC Therapy Dog Novice (ThDN) – Awarded after 10 visits
AKC Therapy Dog Advanced (ThDA) – Awarded after 100 visits
AKC Therapy Dog Excellent (ThDX) – Awarded after 200 visits
AKC Distinguished Therapy Dog (ThDD) – Awarded after 400 visits
“The AKC heard from many dog owners whose dogs had already earned the ThD title and who wanted additional formal recognition of their ongoing commitment to volunteering to help others. We’re pleased to expand the AKC Therapy Dog program as a result of these requests,” said Doug Ljungren, Vice President of AKC Sports and Events. “We’ve also added a way to acknowledge beginning therapy dogs, hoping that this will encourage even more dogs and owners to participate in therapy dog work.”
Dogs who are registered and approved by recognized therapy dog organizations may apply to earn the AKC Therapy Dog titles, which will be listed on the dog’s AKC title record. Any dog, including mixed breeds, can earn AKC Therapy Dog titles as long as the dog is AKC-registered, listed with AKC Canine Partners or enrolled in the Purebred Alternative Listing (PAL) program. AKC does not train or certify therapy dogs.
Applications for the new titles will be accepted beginning June 1st, with titles awarded beginning July 1st.