AKC Launches “PuppyVisor” Concierge Service
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The American Kennel Club has launched a personalized dog concierge service to help potential dog owners find their next companion. The paid service, dubbed AKC PuppyVisor, is designed to walk customers through each stage of the buying or rescuing process.
“Owning a dog can be a wonderful experience,” said Mark Dunn, executive vice president of the AKC. “However, buying or rescuing a dog from a responsible source can sometimes be more of a process than a potential owner has anticipated. The AKC can assist with our specific expertise in working with breeders and rescues, as well as providing information that owners can use to become responsible dog owners. We want customers to have a positive experience when getting their new canine family member and form a beautiful bond for many years to come.”
An AKC member will assist a potential buyer in finding the right breed to fit their lifestyle, or if they are already set on a specific breed, help them find an AKC National Breed Club and navigate the AKC Marketplace to find a responsible breeder that may have puppies available.
Those looking to rescue a dog will have access to breed rescues and breeders who have older dogs they are looking to rehome through the AKC Rescue Network.
In addition, AKC PuppyVisor professionals will help locate events where owners can see different breeds and meet breeders in person. Customers who purchase the service (a one-time fee of $249) also receive preparation for conversations with breeders, information for bringing the new puppy/dog home, a lifetime subscription to AKC GoodDog! Helpline and AKC Vetline.