Fascinating fact: Dogs have a sense of smell that’s between 10,000 and 100,000 times more acute than ours!
The sport of Scent Work celebrates the joy of sniffing, and asks a dog to sniff to their heart’s content; turning your dog’s favorite activity into a rewarding game. It is a terrific sport for all kinds of dogs, and is a wonderful way to build confidence in a shy dog. In so many dog sports the handler is in control but this isn’t true in Scent Work. Neither the dog nor handler knows where the target odor is hidden. The handler has to rely on the dog, and follow the dog’s nose to success.
In Scent Work, it is the canine who is the star of the show. The sport of Scent Work is based on the work of professional detection dogs (such as drug dogs), employed by humans to detect a wide variety of scents and substances. In AKC Scent Work, dogs search for cotton swabs saturated with the essential oils of Birch, Anise, Clove, and Cypress. The cotton swabs are hidden out of sight in a pre-determined search area, and the dog has to find them.
Teamwork is necessary: when the dog finds the scent, he has to communicate the find to the handler, who calls it out to the judge.
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We invite you to join us. If you are interested in conformation, agility, rally, or obedience, come join us. The club meets monthly. We meet the first Tuesday of every month at our training building.
We also have special events through out the year. Visit our site often for information.
The Owensboro River City Kennel Club has presented dog shows since 1981. Celebrate with us in August 2018 for our all breed dog show. We will also have a Rally/Obedience Trial.
The Owensboro River City Kennel Club is a member club of American Kennel Club, the principal registry for purebred dogs in the United States. Our club has been able to purchase and distribute Pet Oxygen Masks to City of Owensboro Fire Department and Daviess County Fire Departments. We also donated to the AKC Hurricane Relief in 2017.
AKC Canine Partners offers ALL dogs to join the AKC family. Joining Canine Partners allows mixed breed dogs and non-eligible AKC registered dogs to participate and earn titles in dog sports such as Agility, Obedience, Rally, Tracking and Coursing Ability. Canine Partners provides for an enhanced relationship between people and their dogs and allows them to connect with other dog owners.
For Information: AKC Canine Partners website
Enrollment Form: AKC Canine Partners enrollment
There are various reasons why a purebred dog might not be eligible for registration. The dog may be the product of an unregistered litter, or have unregistered parents. The dog's papers may have been withheld by its breeder or lost by its owner.
Sometimes, it is the dog itself that was "lost." There are many dogs enrolled in the PAL program after they have been surrendered or abandoned, then adopted by new owners from animal shelters or purebred rescue groups. The PAL program allows the dog and owner a second chance at discovering the rewards of participating in AKC events.
For Information: AKC Purebred Alternative Listing
Application: AKC PAL application
AKC CODE OF SPORTSMANSHIP
The sport of purebred dog competitive events dates prior to 1884, the year of AKC’s birth. Shared values of those involved in the sport include principles of sportsmanship. They are practiced in all sectors of our sport: conformation, performance and companion. Many believe that these principles of sportsmanship are the prime reason why our sport has thrived for over one hundred years. With the belief that it is useful to periodically articulate the fundamentals of our sport, this code is presented.