AKC Member Club

WSDTC is an AKC Member Club which means we can host sanctioned trials for Rally, Obedience, Agility and Tracking. We are bound by AKC rules and regulations. The following positions are staffed with club members who represent our club and provide information from AKC to us. If you have a question about AKC, feel free to bring it to the AKC representatives shown.

AKC Delegate & Corresponding Secretary

AKC Public Education & Legislative Liaison
Connie Jurgensen

AKC Outstanding Sportsmanship Award

This award honors those individuals who deserve special recognition that have made a difference in the sport of purebred dogs, embodied the AKC Code of Sportsmanship, and have been an active and valued member of an AKC member club. Nominees are club members who have made a difference in the sport of purebred dogs, embody the AKC Code of Sportsmanship, and have been an active and valued member of the Winston-Salem Dog Training Club.

Each Spring, club member will have the opportunity to nominate someone for this award. Nominations will be submitted to the general membership and votes tallied at the April meeting.  Recipients are listed on the AKC Website.

2014 Recipient:  Louise Mowbray

"First I would like to say that I think our club has many members who deserve to be classified as "outstanding;" we are so lucky to have so much talent, good will and mutual support! Thinking of one person, I would like to nominate Louise Mowbray, whose sportsmanship exceeds outstanding! Not only is she an exceedingly excellent handler of her own dogs, earning titles that I cannot even spell, but she is a great teacher, sponsor, mentor, leader, volunteer across all sports as well as therapy work and New Leash on Life. She is positive, consistent, creative, available, always willing to do whatever needs to be done across sports, handler levels, breeds and challenges.  

Louise was one of my first teachers in a beginner's class years ago, and is the reason I got hooked on dog training in the first place. What an ambassador for all things dog!'


WSDTC will allow mixed breed dogs to participate in AKC sanctioned events as allowed by AKC regulations.

Please consider these points regarding breed specific ordinances:

  • Banning a breed or declaring it inherently vicious punishes responsible dog owners
  • Banning a breed focuses on a type of dog and not on aggressive canine behavior or on irresponsible owners
  • Breed bans are difficult to enforce against mixed-breed dogs
  • Banning breed’s uses up limited animal control resources that would be better spent on necessary and effective enforcement of laws to provide community safety

*Wolf and wolf-hybrid cannot be legally inoculated against rabies in North Carolina and will not be allowed in classes.

NC Federation of Dog Clubs

Dear North Carolina Kennel Clubs, Breeders, and Dog Owners:

Our rights as responsible dog owners, fanciers and breeders continue to be threatened by animal rights advocacy and legislation. The AKC Government Relations Department is currently tracking more than 1,500 bills at the local, state, and federal level that could directly impact your ability to continue to own, breed, exhibit and train your purebred dogs.

The AKC works hard to protect your rights, but we can't do it alone! Some of our greatest assets are the AKC state federations - a coalition of residents and clubs on the ground in your state working together and partnering with the AKC to protect the rights of dog owners and breeders at the state and local levels.

The North Carolina Federation of Dog Clubs serves as your state federation.  For more information on how you can get involved, contact the following:

         North Carolina Federation of Dog Clubs
Steve Wallis

Working together helps demonstrate that dog owners and breeders nationally and in your state and community are united in supporting the future of responsible dog ownership and breeding.

We urge you to support your state federation and help ensure a strong, unified voice for dogs and dog owners in North Carolina.  Together we can work to preserve our right to own, breed, and exhibit our beloved dogs for years to come.



Sheila Goffe

Director of Government Relations