Once you have decided which show you would like to take part in
you will need to contact the secretary of the show and obtain a
copy of the schedule (these are free of charge). It is worth
finding out whether you can make your entry online as many of the
shows offer this facility.
Once you have found your way to the right part of the schedule
you will need to select which class, or classes, you would like to
enter - the schedule will always offer detailed definitions of each
class. It is worth mentioning that you are not limited to just one
class, and you can enter as many classes as your dog is eligible
for and that you wish to compete in.
Once you have deliberated over the schedule and chosen which class
or classes you would like to compete in you must complete the entry
form accurately and legibly. Signing the entry form is important as
it forms the contract between you and the Show Society. If the dog
is jointly owned, both parties should sign the entry form unless
one of the parties has the express written permission of the other
to sign on their behalf. By signing, you are declaring that your
dog is fit and healthy to take part in the show, and that you will
abide by Kennel Club Rules and Regulations. This is essential to
the management of the show and for the sport in general. You will
need to send your entry and payment well in advance of the closing
date of entry to the show.
Dog Showing Do's and Don'ts
Here is a list of general do's and don'ts for you and your dog
at an event:
- Your dog needs to be of a minimum age to be eligible to compete
in competitions. Refer to the regulation booklet as this varies
depending on the discipline.
- No bitches may be mated within the precincts of a show or
- You should not allow your dog to foul anywhere other than the
allotted 'exercise areas' and always clean up after your dog.
- Always leave showgrounds and venues clean and tidy.
- It simply is not acceptable that a dog displays aggression in
competition. If your dog growls, or otherwise shows aggression, the
judge will immediately exclude the dog from the ring, and from
further competition. It is of paramount importance that your dog
has an entirely stable temperament when attending any canine
- The Kennel Club expects all exhibitors/competitors taking part
in its licensed events to conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike
manner. You should never interfere with another dog in competition,
or try to distract a dog, or otherwise impede it from giving its
- You should never handle your dog harshly or use punitive
correction at a competition. The Kennel Club advocates
positive training methods at all times.
- Your dog should be kept on a lead and under control at all
times within the showground. Again, safety is paramount, and all
responsible dog owners want to enjoy a good day out without
problems of loose or unruly dogs.
You should never question the decision of the judge. You have
entered the show to get that judge's opinion and if he/she does not
place your dog, remember that you may have better luck on another
If your dog has an operation which alters its natural
conformation you must write to the Kennel Club to seek permission
to continue to show your dog. In order to preserve the integrity of
its register of pure-bred dogs it needs to know that the dogs being
exhibited at shows are the best examples of the breed and have not
been surgically altered to improve their chances of winning. If in
doubt, ask the Kennel Club.