Calling All Junior Members
Dog showing can be FUN, not just minding dogs all day with mum and dad. The most important criteria is getting involved in some aspect that suits your personality. Some of the things shows have to offer range from junior handlers, stewarding, ticket writing, right through to the organising and the running of an all breeds championship show.
The Junior Kennel Club of Victoria are always looking for enthusiastic members to join their committee. Any DOGS Victoria member aged between 16 and 26 is more than welcome to join this club. You could help run their championship show and junior dog handlers finals held in July each year. Some of you are under the impression that if you show in the handlers classes you are not eligible to be a committee member on the Junior Kennel Club, this is not so.
The junior dog handlers competition is a wonderful opportunity for young members to exhibit in their age group with their dogs at most shows during the luncheon break. These classes are designed to promote the dog world at a junior level and to encourage confidence, friendships and most of all good sportsmanship. Once qualified the handler may exhibit again with a different breed. There are no tricks involved in these classes and you are encouraged by the judge to exhibit your dog as you would in the conformation classes.
The Victorian finalist chosen at the Junior Kennel Club show will go on to compete against other finalists from all over Australia. The national winner will travel to the UK to represent their country at the Crufts Dog Show the following year.
Anyone needing more information is welcome to contact the Junior Kennel Club at anytime.
Junior Handlers Competition
Each All Breed Club is now required to hold a Junior Handler competition at Championship Shows. These competitions are often held first thing in the morning or during the lunch break. Please check schedules in the DOGS Victoria published Gazette for details. Entry fees are not charged for Junior Handler competitions.
Breed, group and other clubs that hold conformation events are similarly encouraged to hold Junior Handler events at shows.
Many clubs were not made aware of the new requirements and have not planned for a junior handler event in 2009. DOGS Victoria ask that, whenever possible, affiliates please attempt to meet the challenge put forward by the ANKC and help support our junior handlers by adding a junior handler event into your schedule.
Please note: Junior Handlers may only win three events with one breed, and then cannot compete with that breed again.