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Because of the urgency of the novel COVID-19 virus, many kennel clubs have cancelled their dog shows.  While this is an unprecedented step for most of us, it is quite necessary if we are to stop the spread of this deadly virus.

The American Kennel Club is closely monitoring the situation surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. AKC encourages all staff, judges and exhibitors to follow the World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control’s recommendations to maintain proper hand, respiratory and personal hygiene, practice social distancing and be mindful of any and all travel restrictions/guidelines. AKC further advises that show chairs and organizers have copious amounts of hand sanitizer and hand washing stations available to participants and exhibitors.

Just a reminder:
wash hands with soap and water numerous times — 20 seconds minimum is recommended time for each washing.

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COVID-19 Updates from the American Kennel Club

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