AKC VHM (Virtual Home Manners) Evaluation with Video Verification

If you have trained your puppy or adult dog at home and would like to earn the AKC’s Virtual Home Manners titles to demonstrate your accomplishments, this is the place for you!

What is Virtual Home Manners?

Virtual Home Manners (VHM) is the answer when you want to train your dog at home. When you get a puppy or new adult dog, Virtual Home Manners can get you started on practical skills before you attend a training class.

The evaluation of a dog’s ability to perform ten home manners skills will be done by a video recording. Two levels of Home Manners will be offered – Virtual Home Manners Puppy (VHMP) and Virtual Home Manners Adult (VHMA). Dogs that pass the tests will be awarded these titles.

The Virtual Home Manners tests assess ten skills that well-mannered pet dogs need in the home setting.  The skills relate to the dog owner having control over the dog, being able to walk the dog (which is one of the most frequently cited activities that owners want to do with their dogs) and developing a bond with the dog during playtime. Check out our “How to Train” VHM training videos to get started.

The Virtual Home Manners tests are evaluated online by CGC Evaluators in the same manner that is currently used for Virtual Tricks. There is not an in-person VHM testing process.

How Virtual Home Manners Works

To earn the Virtual Home Manners titles, follow these easy steps:

  1. Dog owners will video their dogs performing the required skills (Found upon the VHM checklists).
  2. Send payment using the payment link below.
  3. Fill out and scan or photograph the VHM Checklist making sure to fill out the level you want evaluated (puppy or adult)
  4. Upload your video to a online video service like YouTube or Vimeo, and send the link to the video and the checklist on step #3 to sheyla@sheyladogs.com
  5. After watching the video, if the dog passes, the Evaluator will send the combined Checklist/Video Verification Form to the dog owner. The Evaluator will also send a copy of this form to AKC.
  6. The dog owner will then send to AKC: 1) The Checklist/Video Verification 2) The Virtual Home Manners Title Application form 3) A fee of $25.00.

I hope this covers all, but let me know if you have any questions!!!!!

AKC HVM (Home Virtual Manners) Video Evaluation

$12 per level: Puppy (3 months to 1 year old) or Adult (4 months on)