The Kennel Club invites dogs and their owners to Have a Go in Wales

For a chance to qualify for a special competition at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts The Kennel Club, the organisation behind Crufts, is inviting dogs and owners based in Wales to its ‘Have a Go’ training and special show, hosted by The Welsh Kennel Club Championship dog show on August 17-20 at The Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, Powys.

Owners can find out what it’s like to compete in the show ring with their pedigree dog, while also having the chance to qualify for a special place at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts 2024.

The Kennel Club’s ‘Have a Go’ training events take place on Saturday 19 August and Sunday 20 August 2023 and are designed for people of any age and any ability, with a pedigree dog, and are the ideal opportunity for owners to develop a new skill, hobby and social circle alongside their four-legged friend. Complete beginners, with no prior experience or knowledge of dog showing, are welcome, with just interest and enthusiasm needed. All owners and their dogs can reap the rewards of the socialising experience, unite with other dog-lovers over shared interests and ambitions, and become part of a close-knit community.   

For those who have ever watched the variety of dogs showing their best side at Crufts, and perhaps wondered how their own canine companion could ever be crowned ‘Best in Show’, The Kennel Club’s ‘Have a Go’ dog shows could be the first step. At the end of each training session, a competition will take place, with the winners qualifying for a place in a special competition at Crufts 2024.  

Booking a place at The Welsh Kennel Club ‘Have a Go’ show, taking place as part of its all-breed Championship Dog Show, costs £10, including parking, and all participants will receive a beginners’ dog showing pack and training which covers:  

  • Getting ready for taking part 
  • Basic skills required for participating 
  • What to expect when participating 
  • What to do once you have participated  

The Kennel Club’s ‘Have a Go’ dog shows are being held across different regions in the UK in 2023 at various all-breed championship dog shows. Helen Kerfoot, Chief Operations Officer, commented: “The ‘Have a Go’ dog shows have always proved to be an energetic and fun-filled event for everyone involved. It’s wonderful to be part of and watching newcomers discovering and learning the skills of dog showing in a laidback yet educational environment is so inspiring. I have no doubt there could be further future Crufts in our midst at Builth Wells!”  

For further information on all of The Kennel Club’s ‘Have a Go’ shows, and to book a slot, visit our website. Bookings for The Welsh Kennel Club event are subject to availability.  

Further details about The Welsh Kennel Club Championship show and the society can be found at over on the Welsh Kennel Clubs' website. 

A specially-made video for owners interested in getting started in dog showing can be found at over on our website.