BEGIN ERS GUIDE TO DOG SHOWING
In order to show a dog in the UK it must be registered with the Kennel Club, with the
of Companion Dog Shows. Contact details for The Kennel Club are as follows:-
The Kennel Club, 1-5 Clarges Street, London, W1J 8AB.
Web site: http://www.the-kennel-club.org.uk
If contemplating showing in Eire, whilst the dog must be registered primarily in its country of
birth, registration should also be effected with the Irish Kennel Club (IKC). A further fee is
payable and the name registered with the UK Kennel Club will then be registered with the
IKC during subsequent registration. Further details regarding registration with the IKC are
Irish Kennel Club Ltd., Fottrell House, Harold's Cross Bridge, Dublin 6W, Eire.
Web site: http://www.ikc.ie
TYPES OF SHOWS:
Currently the four most common types of shows approved by the Kennel Club are briefly
At which registered and unregistered dogs are eligible to enter
These shows are open to KC registered dogs with entries open only to club members.
Entries at open shows can be made with any KC registered dog, whilst membership of the
club in this category is not required.
It is at this level of KC registered shows that Challenge Certificates are offered, thus providing
opportunities to win “Champion” status for shown dogs (more explanations later). Entries
can be made with any KC registered dog and once again club membership is not a requirement.
HOW TO START:
The most important aspect in commencing the preparation for showing is training the dog.
Training should be started as early as possible by getting the dog used to being groomed and
stood. Additionally, the dog should become accustomed to a lead initially in the garden and
subsequently during “roadwork” exercise. When “moving” the dog on a lead within the
garden you should practice achieving harmony between yourself and the dog both in terms
of a balanced speed (usually between walking and slow jogging speed depending upon the
age/size of the dog), and an ability to maintain straight lines or move in a triangle. It is also
advisable to attend a local club for ringcraft training both for yourself as well as the dog.
More detailed information regarding grooming the Old English Sheepdog is provided in
separate grooming notes.