AKC River City Kennel Club


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Performance Events


Scent Work

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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About Us


Owensboro River City Kennel Club - All Breed Club


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.


Annual Dog Show

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.   


Contributions to Our Community

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.


President,  Jeanette Woodward

Vice President, Cindy Curtis

Secretary, Lynda Robey

Treasurer, Melanie Adkins


Don't have a registered dog? No problem!

One of the programs listed below will be perfect for you!

AKC Canine Partners

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

AKC Purebred Alternative Listing (PAL) Program

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



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. 


  • Sportsmen respect the  history, traditions and integrity of the sport of purebred dogs. 
  • Sportsmen commit themselves   to values of fair play, honesty, courtesy, and vigorous competition, as well as   winning and losing with grace. 
  • Sportsmen refuse to   compromise their commitment and obligation to the sport of purebred dogs by   injecting personal advantage or consideration into their decisions or   behavior. 
  • The sportsman judge judges   only on the merits of the dogs and considers no other factors. 
  • The sportsman judge or   exhibitor accepts constructive criticism. 
  • The sportsman exhibitor   declines to enter or exhibit under a judge where it might reasonably appear that   the judge’s placements could be based on something other than the merits of the   dogs. 
  • The sportsman exhibitor   refuses to compromise the impartiality of a judge. 
  • The sportsman respects the   AKC bylaws, rules, regulations and policies governing the sport of purebred   dogs. 
  • Sportsmen find that   vigorous competition and civility are not inconsistent and are able to   appreciate the merit of their competition and the effort of competitors. 
  • Sportsmen welcome,   encourage and support newcomers to the sport. 
  • Sportsmen will deal fairly   with all those who trade with them. 
  • Sportsmen are willing to   share honest and open appraisals of both the strengths and weaknesses of their   breeding stock. 
  • Sportsmen spurn any   opportunity to take personal advantage of positions offered or bestowed upon   them. 
  • Sportsmen always consider   as paramount the welfare of their dog. 
  • Sportsmen refuse to   embarrass the sport, the American Kennel Club, or themselves while taking part   in the sport.