Watch AKC Dog Sports on ESPN this Sunday – American Kennel Club

Not interested in watching the Big Game this Sunday? Fancy a football break? Tune in to ESPN to enjoy highlights from the AKC National Championship at 8 p.m. ET and highlights from the AKC K9 Detection Dog Challenge at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 13.

Check your local provider for your channel. If you have a cable connection, you can also watch on the ESPN app or website.

Read more about dog events on ESPN this Sunday:

AKC National Championship Dog Show

The 2021 AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin was held Saturday, December 18 and Sunday, December 19 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

This event is the only all-breed dog show hosted and presented directly by the American Kennel Club, the nation’s oldest and only non-profit purebred dog registry. Thousands of dogs from across the country and around the world gathered in Florida to compete for Best in Show at this year’s event.

AKC K9 Detection Dog Challenge

In the first-ever AKC/USPCA K9 Detection Dog Challenge, 20 police dogs from across the country showcase the important role dogs play in keeping our nation safe.

Ten teams of United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) narcotic dogs and 10 USPCA explosive dog teams will be in attendance, with breeds ranging from Belgian Malinois to German Shorthaired Pointer to Weimaraner. The dogs compete to each find their illegal substance the fastest.

Teams overcome obstacles and sort through distractions to find hidden objects. They are scored on the accuracy of their search, the perfection of their alert (telling the handler where the skin is) and the finding itself (a combination of the dog’s and handler’s ability to accurately tell the judges where to go). find the skin).

How dogs detect

If you own a dog, you know that canines have an incredible sense of smell. In fact, they have 225 million olfactory receptors in their nose (compared to a human’s 5 million). Luckily, we’ve learned to use this to our advantage and harness the talents of dogs to fight crime. Detection dogs can learn to detect many different drugs, explosives, accelerators, and even bodies.

You’ve probably seen a detector dog at the airport or at big events. Many years of training go into quality police dogs.

The most popular police dog breeds are Belgian Malinois, German Shepherds, Bloodhounds, Dutch Shepherds, and Labrador Retrievers.

Learn about the different ways dogs help the police and how you can unleash your own dog’s sense of smell.

Enjoy highlights from the AKC National Championship on Sunday, February 13 at 8 p.m. ET and highlights from the AKC K9 Detection Dog Challenge at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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