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Judges Education

Dog Judges Education © Yulia Titovets

The Kennel Club Judges Sub Committee set up a Judges Working Party in 1998 to look at the education of aspiring breed judges.

The Judges Working Party designed the first seminars, aimed at breed judging and focused on Kennel Club Rules and Regulations and Conformation and Movement. The Judges Working Party was given formal status by the Kennel Club Training Board with the clear aim of 'Setting Standards for Education', its remit was expanded to include judges training across all Working Dog Activities disciplines.

Each discipline has its own Judges Training Working Party ensuring continuous monitoring and development of education for judges and all those involved in organising shows and events.  For judges training and education in your area of activity click on the relevant acitivity in More Information.

Setting Standards for Education

As the Kennel Club develops its business so too will the development of education and training programmes in all areas of the business. The Training Board continues to oversee the research, design and development of education for the future.

Agility Judges
Judges at Kennel Club licensed Agility shows are expected to maintain and abide by the highest standards, adhering to the Kennel Club Agility and Flyball (H) Regulations and the Judges' Code of Best Practice.
Bloodhound Judges
All judges must be fully conversant with the Kennel Club Bloodhound Working Trial (I) Regulations. A very effective way to achieve this is by attending a Kennel Club Bloodhound Trial Regulations and Judging Procedure seminar.
Breed Show Judges
The Kennel Club offers a great deal of advice, education and training for breed show judges which can be accessed here - for more information choose the level of experience that applies to you.
Field Trials Judges
The Judges Education Programme has been created to manage the understanding of the J Regulations for Field Trial judges, societies and competitors.
Heelwork to Music Show Judges
Judges at Kennel Club licensed Heelwork to Music Shows are expected to maintain and abide by the highest standards, adhering to Kennel Club regulations and the judges' Code of Best Practice.
Obedience Show Judges
Judges at Kennel Club licensed Obedience Shows are expected to maintain and abide by the highest standards, adhering to Kennel Club Regulations and the judges' code of best practice as set out in the Guide for Obedience Judges and Stewards.
Rally Judges
Useful resources and links including information on how to become a Rally Judge, practical judging examination, regulations as well as specimen score sheet.
Working Trials Judges
If you are new to judging or have not judged recently, visit the Requirements of a Working Trial Judge page to find out more about what criteria you must meet to fulfil the position of Working Trials Judge. Amendments to Working Trials Rules and Regulations will be highlighted on the website and via press releases.
Training Seminars
The judges training programme seminars are conducted by Kennel Club Accredited Trainers who are experienced judges in their own right and have been assessed on their ability to deliver a lecture on their given subject.
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Tools & Services
Find a JudgeBreed Watch
Code of Best Practice For Judges (including Guide for Judges and Ring Stewards & Code of Best Practice for the selection of Judges)

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