Our Dogs 'n Shows booklet provides information about:-
Click here to Read the Dogs 'n Shows booklet produced by Dogs Victoria
Feel free to contact a member of our Conformation Committee who will be happy to assist you.
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Esther Joseph (Deputy Chair)
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Dogs Victoria Managment Committee reviewed the extreme weather regulations in April 2017.
These regulations (Part 7 Regulations - Conformation, Regulation 7.6.8) covers hot weather, fire danger and gale force winds / thunderstorms / flood.
This regulation applies to all Conformation shows in Victoria. To view this Regulation in detail click here.
In the Dogs Victoria Gazette (black and white section in the centre of your magazine) you will see published a number of schedules inviting members to enter their dogs in several types of activities. Full Gazettes can be accessed in the Members Area.
A championship show is an exhibition of registered dogs at which best of breed and challenge certificates are awarded. A best of breed and challenge certificate evidences the number of points awarded at the fixture towards the title of Australian champion. At these shows only qualified judges officiate.
An open show is an exhibition of registered dogs at which no best of breed or challenge points are awarded, but dogs which have been awarded the title of Australian champion may compete. At these shows trainee judges officiate and it is considered the training ground for all young dogs and owners. It is particularly good to help socialise your dog as you may show your puppy from the age of three months.
A parade is defined as the same as an open show except champions cannot compete.
Competitions are separated into the following categories:
Again, puppies may be shown from three months of age at competitions.
The show schedule provides all the information that the beginner, and indeed the veteran, needs. In addition to the above items, it sets out the names of the judges, entry fees, admission prices, judging times and sequence, catering arrangements and a wealth of other information. Admission is generally free.
We strongly recommend that new members join the breed club catering for their particular breed of dog. The breed clubs often conduct activities which will assist the new member to quickly acquire knowledge and a better understanding of the sport of dogs. Some breed clubs run obedience classes. However, if not, there are many obedience clubs affiliated with the Dogs Victoria.
A dog show is divided into several classes which are based on either age of exhibit or prior qualifications. The following are the specifications of classes approved for show fixtures. Please note where separate classes are provided for each sex, the class numbers for bitches are followed by the letter 'a', i.e. Baby Puppy Bitch Class 1a.
Note: Occasionally desexed exhibits sweepstakes are conducted at shows. Age classes are occasionally reviewed and altered by the Australian National Kennel Council and notification printed in the Gazette.
When you have read the schedule you will note a number of important features of the show are quoted:
If you are lodging an entry form for your first show we recommend you seek advice and assistance from an experience person, maybe the person from whom you purchased your puppy. Once you decide on the fixture in which you wish to enter, you will need to do the following:
Within seven to 14 days prior to the date of the fixture you should receive, in the mail, return of your stamped self addressed envelope with your exhibit number, catalogue receipt and a listing of the first number in each group.
As the day of the show approaches you should be preparing your dog by regular grooming and training so that it may be presented to the judge in top show condition and trained to behave correctly in the judging ring.
The best way to ensure your exhibit has an equal opportunity in competition is to present it in the best possible show condition by pursuing a regular grooming and training program every day. The top winning exhibitors will tell you that you win your prizes in the backyard by grooming and training your dog - you only go along to the show to collect them! Diet and exercise also play a large part in presentation of your dog.
Certain breeds require special preparation/trimming and information in this respect can be obtained from your breeder, the appropriate breed club and /or publications on the breed which is available from the Dogs Victoria Laurie Luxmoore Library.
On the morning of the fixture arise early leaving home at a time which will allow you to travel to the show venue without panic.
Attend to your exhibit so that it is comfortable whilst awaiting your call to the judging ring. Under no circumstances leave your dog in your vehicle during hot weather.
Present your catalogue slip to the show secretary's office and on receipt of your catalogue check your entry in the class (or classes) entered and assess the approximate time your breed will be judged by:
Before you bring your dog to the ring, and again when you are waiting to be called in for your class, watch how the judge is going about the task. Almost every judge employs a different technique, how the dogs are paraded, where they stop, which pattern of movement is required, where the dogs that are fancied are placed in the initial stages, how different handling methods are viewed and so on. An astute exhibitor can learn a lot by carefully observing the judge's methods and requirements.
Present your exhibit at the ringside in sufficient time to be able to answer the steward's call.
Your dog needs to win a total of 100 points to become a champion and 1,000 points to become a grand champion.
Points are awarded at the judges discretion to be best of each sex of each breed (over six months of age) at a championship show, there are also additional points allocated to the best of breed winner.
Challenge points are calculated as follows, five points plus one point for each dog in competition (over six months of age). The maximum points available to any exhibit at any one show is 25 points.
Pay attention to the judge's and steward's instructions. Exhibitors will be required to:
With the dog's leash in the left hand all the time, move up to the ring edge directly in front of you. Turn so the dog turns to the left on the inside. Return to the judge and set your dog up.
Start with the leash in the left hand and move to your right hand top side of the ring. Now move across to the other top side and now return directly to the judge. Set your dog up.
Simplest of all. Start with the leash in your left hand move anti-clockwise and finish where you started. Set your dog up.
When you have been judged remain within the precincts of the judging ring until your breed judging is completed.
Once you have more experience and all of this is second nature, don't forget that it was once all new to you and lend a hand to other new exhibitors who may not be as confident.