Welcome To The Lakes Region Kennel Club
Thank you for your interest in the Lakes Region Kennel Club (LRKC).
Lakes Region Kennel Club originated in 1953 and became a Member club of the American Kennel Club in 1973. Some of us are breeders, some of us are currently showing our dogs in Breed, Obedience or Agility, and some of us simply enjoy participating in pet therapy and other dog-related activities
or working at Club events. We all share a love of dogs and are interested in furthering the sport of purebred dogs through our Club. To learn more about the history of LRKC click here..
About Lakes Region Kennel Club
Click here to read past LRKC news articles that have been published.
|Lakes Region Kennel Club - Current Events and Classes
Dog Obedience Classes - Meredith Community Center
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Registration Form • Informational Flyer
Pet CPR and First Aid Class - Meredith Community Center
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For a complete look at all Lakes Region Kennel Club events and classes please visit our Calendar page!
LRKC Events and Activities
Lakes Region Kennel Club is a member club of the AKC. We offer many different events throughout the year. We will be holding our Annual AKC Sanctioned Breed, Obedience & Rally Spring Match in May.
Plans are underway for an Obedience & Rally Trial for the summer months. We also have held two AKC sanctioned Agility Trials. These events are pending AKC approval.
The Club periodically offers testing for the AKC's Canine Good Citizen program and for pet therapy certification, as well as obedience and handling classes which are open to the public.
Some of our members visit nursing homes and hospitals with their pet therapy dogs. We have also sponsored other activities such as Tattoo and Micro Chip Clinics as well as Eye, Heart and Rabies Clinics.
One of the causes that has interested LRKC for several years is the prospect of an off-leash dog park in the Lakes Region. Although there are many people willing to help once the park opens, the biggest hurdle for this project has been the acquisition of land. If you or someone you know has land they would consider donating to this effort, please contact us. Please read our Dog Park Report
by clicking here
This year we're very excited to offer the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy class! This is an exciting new training program designed to get dog owners and their puppies off to a good start. It's also an incentive program for loving dog owners who have taken the time to take their puppies through a basic training class. Classes take place at the Meredith Community Center. For detailed information on this new offering visit the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy page!
We are also offering Rally with our performance classes! AKC Rally is the new dog sport that is taking the nation by storm, a successful stepping stone from the AKC Canine Good Citizen® program to the world of obedience or agility. Rally offers both the dogs and handlers an experience that is fun and energizing. The canine team moves at their own pace, very similar to rally-style auto racing. Rally was designed with the traditional pet owner in mind, but it can still be very challenging for those who enjoy higher levels of competition. For more information, please visit the AKC Getting Started In Rally page.
For the most up-to-date listing of scheduled events and activities, please visit the club calendar page!
Pictured above are members of the LRKC presenting the Laconia Fire Department with four sets of Pet Oxygen Masks in 2008.
Pet Safety and Oxygen Mask Initiative!
In 2007 we started the Pet Oxygen Mask Fund. These masks are given to local emergency and rescue departments in the Lakes Region area to aid in resuscitation of small and large animals.
In 2009 we began offering the American Red Cross Pet First Aid classes to the public.
We are also looking into ways to educate the community in the area of disaster preparedness for pets.
To read more about these programs please visit the Pet Safety page.
For scheduled dates and times, please visit the clubs Calendar page.
LRKC Scholarship Fund
A portion of the profits from our Point Shows and Matches is set aside each year in a special fund from which, since 1971, we have awarded a scholarship to a qualified New Hampshire UNH graduate who has been accepted at a college of veterinary medicine.
To learn more about this scholarship or to see a list of past winners, please visit the scholarship page.
Club Meetings and Membership
Needless to say, all these activities require much planning, time and work. We heartily welcome new members who share our interests and who are willing to work with us to achieve our goals.
The Lakes Region Kennel Club meets on the first Monday of each month (with a few exceptions) at
6:30 p.m. at the Meredith Center Fire Station on Meredith Center Road.
Click here for a directory of club officers and committee members: LRKC Club Directory
Click here for a listing of LRKC Committees and descriptions: LRKC Committee Listing
Directions are as follows:
From Route 93 take Exit 23 and travel on Route 104 East about five miles to Meredith Center Road (on the right). Follow Meredith Center Road about one mile to the Fire Station (on the right). Or from Laconia, take Main Street (Route 106 North) to Meredith Center Road (a left at traffic light) and follow to the Fire Station. Approx. 4 miles on the left.
When you attend your second meeting, you may obtain a Membership Application from our Recording Secretary. If you have questions about getting sponsors, please don't hesitate to inquire. Dues are $20 for an individual or $25 for a family or household. Junior (non-voting) memberships (ages 9-18) are $10 and Associate (non-voting) memberships are $15 and $20. Dues are to be submitted with the completed application.
For more information, please call, write or email:
Deb Mardin, LRKC Membership Chairman
230 NH Rt. 175
Holderness, NH 03245
LRKC Mission Statement
The objective of the Lakes Region Kennel Club shall be:
- To further the advancement of all breeds of purebred dogs.
- To conduct dog shows, exhibitions, tests, sanctioned matches, obedience trials and performance events under the rules and regulations of the American Kennel Club and to encourage sportsmanlike competition at all of these events.
- To hold educational meetings and activities on the care, breeding, showing and responsible ownership of dogs. To publish a newsletter to further these objectives and foster communication among the membership and other interested fanciers.