All judges must be fully conversant with the Heelwork to Music (L) Regulations. A very effective way to achieve this is by attending a Kennel Club Heelwork to Music Regulations and Judging Procedure seminar. The seminar and accompanying examination provide participants with a comprehensive introduction to the Regulations and also discuss judging procedure and etiquette.
Each seminar is followed by an optional examination. The exam is nothing to fear: it uses a multiple choice question format and the answers to all the questions will be covered in the preceding seminar. Seminars are primarily designed to help new and existing judges and stewards to ensure they are fully conversant with the Regulations and their application in practice, but are open to competitors and others with an interest in learning the detail of the Regulations and judging practice.
Anyone who is holding a Heelwork to Music-related seminar this year is invited to email the details to the Kennel Club's Canine Activities (Working Dog Activities) to HTM@thekennelclub.org.uk so that the seminar can be listed on this page.
List of Heelwork to Music seminars
The full list of training seminars is available here.
Organising a Heelwork to Music seminar
- Judging seminars are most usually hosted by Registered Clubs and Societies, but any individual or group is welcome to organise and host a seminar.
- The seminar content must be presented by an officially appointed Kennel Club Accredited Trainers
- Societies, individuals or groups organising a seminar should contact one of the accredited trainers (see List of approved Heelwork to Music Accredited Trainers) to invite them to conduct the seminar and arrange a suitable venue. They can then advertise the seminar to attract sufficient attendees. The organisers charge attendees reasonable fees at their discretion and should arrange for payment of the accredited trainer's expenses with the trainer. Trainers will usually bring relevant literature (such as regulation books, judges' guides and judges' record books) to the seminar for purchase by the candidates - in some cases the cost may be included in the seminar fee.
- Anyone who is holding a heelwork to music-related seminar this year is invited to email the details to the Kennel Club's Canine Activities (Working Dog Activities) to HTM@thekennelclub.org.uk so that the seminar can be listed on this page.
Successful Heelwork to Music Seminar Candidates
To see a list of all those who have attended Heelwork to Music judging seminars and passed the examination or assessment, please click on the links in the 'Downloads' menu on the right. Please bear in mind that although it is necessary for new judges to have passed the seminar and exam, successful candidates will not necessarily be ready to become Heelwork to Music judges.
Before inviting a judge who is not known to them, show secretaries should establish the level of the intended judge's knowledge and experience as a competitor and judge.