You're Invited: Online Discussion on the Role of Vendors in Detection Dog Industry, July 8, 7 PM ET

2020-07-02 | AKC Government Relations Department

The AKC Detection Dog Task Force (DDTF) was established to help address the global shortage of detection dogs and encourage the breeding and development of homegrown hero dogs that can achieve the rigorous standards necessary to be an explosives detection dog. The AKC Detection Dog Task Force, under the purview of the Government Relations department, works with experts from academia, government/ public policy, military, policing, training and breeding to create multi-pronged solutions to help address the shortage of U.S. detection dogs. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to cancel AKC’s annual Detection Dog Conference. However, we are excited to continue the dialog by offering you the opportunity to participate, at no cost, in a series of virtual networking sessions using online webinar technology.

On behalf of the AKC Detection Dog Task Force, please join us for our first online networking/informational panel session on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 7:00 PM Eastern.

Topic: The Role of Vendors in the Contemporary Detection Dog Industry.


  • Heather Henderson, Vice President, Arete Canine LLC
  • Mike Dougherty, American K-9 Interdiction

Discussion will be informal, and will include: Who and what is a vendor? What role do they perform? Common misunderstandings of going through a vendor to sell a dog.

Breeders, trainers, and others interested in learning more about participating in the industry are encouraged to participate. The session will last less than one hour.

Registration is required. At registration, participants will have the chance to submit up to three questions for discussion during the session.

Please click here to register:

For information on the AKC US Detection Dog Task Force:

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