New to Dog Showing?

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If you think that you may wish to start showing your dog, the first thing that you will need to think about is training - for both you and your dog. There are many clubs which specialise in  Ringcraft classes and can teach you how to prepare and present your dog so that it looks its best for the judge in the show ring.

It is important that you attend dog training classes before you start to exhibit your dog.  The Good Citizen Dog Scheme is the UK's largest dog training programme and there are thousands of organisations that can help you and your dog learn the basics. The programme includes training for different stages of development starting at the Puppy Foundation course and then through to Bronze, Silver and Gold. Contact the Kennel Club to find your nearest club on 0844 463 3980 or email the Good Citizen Team.

However, it may be beneficial to attend a local dog show before starting classes so that you can get a general idea of what happens at a show and also to talk to other exhibitors. You may also be able to learn a little more about how your breed is shown to 'its best advantage' by speaking to the dog's breeder.

You can find out about up and coming shows through the Events Diary. There are also two weekly newspapers called Dog World and Our Dogs, which carry adverts for shows and can be ordered through your local newsagent. These publications will give you a lot of useful information about the show scene and general information relating to dogs.

The Kennel Club produces publications such as the Year Book and pocket sized individual regulation booklets, which contain all the rules and regulations that govern dog shows and other canine activities (available to purchase through our Online Shop). Although you do not need to know all of them before you enter a competition, there are some things that everyone needs to know:

Dogs registered on the Kennel Club's  Breed Register are eligible to compete at Kennel Club licensed events. However some breeds on the Imported Breeds Register do not yet have a Breed Standard and are therefore not currently eligible to be exhibited. For further information call 0844 463 3980. 

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