Information Sheet for Entering in a Dog Show
Program Guidelines & Requirements
The primary mission and goal of the Junior Showmanship Program is to promote and encourage juniors to participate in the sport of purebred dog events with the American Kennel Club (AKC).
The primary task is to prepare children ages 9-18 for dog events and help build self-confidence, discipline, showmanship qualities, and to teach good sportsmanship—win or loose.
Each dog must be of a breed eligible to compete in the AKC conformation classes (including Miscellaneous Classes) at the event. Dogs may be PAL/ILP, Full-, or Limited-Registered to compete in Junior Showmanship competitions; additionally, spayed and neutered dogs are eligible. Check www.akc.org for registration process. Each dog must be owned or co-owned by the Junior Handler or by the Junior Handler’s father, mother, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, grandfather, or grandmother, including the corresponding step and half relations, or by a permanent member of the Junior Handler’s household.
Me & My Dog Program Agenda & Events
- Classroom Education Classes
- Good sportsmanship-showmanship
- Personal Appearance in the ring
- AKC pure breed standards
- Dog Breed Groups
- Parts of the Dog
- Responsible Dog Care & Ownership
- Ring Procedures
- Handling Skills
- Stacking the Dog
- Moving the Dog
- Presentation of the Dog
- Ring Patterns-Go Around
- Courtesy turn
- Ring Patterns—Triangle
- Mock Show
- Other Possible Training Sessions
- Safety Around Dogs
- Organizing a Show or Fun Match
- Dog Show Rules and Registration Procedures
- Careers with Dogs
- Advanced Handling Skills
- Events & Other Activities Possible
- Educational Poster Contest
- Mock Show—Competition Practice
- Fun Match for Juniors
- Halloween Costume Contest
- Jr. Doggie Party
- Parade of dogs
Program fees for each child are free. Expenses for other activities such as match or dog show entrance fees are separate. Other expenses for the child to participate in the program may include office and art supplies, clothing needs, occasional snacks and event fees.
Children should dress appropriately to be running, kneeling on the floor etc, and to wear sneakers--no sandals or flip flops please.
Juniors in the program can make membership application with the CKC as associate members. The Junior Associate member shall have a parent sponsor them and accompany them to the meetings if the junior does not have an existing club member to sponsor them. Also, the entire family in ones household may join the club and pay the family membership fee and go through the same process of membership as any other.
An orientation and recruitment drive is scheduled at various times during the year to gather interested individuals. At this time, program fees and membership application fees can be made. Each Junior and parent are required to complete an application or registration form and sign the waiver of liability form.
Junior Web Page
A page on the CKC will be designated for Juniors. This page could include information about the program, any scholarships available, pictures, accomplishments of the juniors and any other information that would promote the program.
The Junior Showmanship program will seek an adult parent whose child(ren) are involved in the program. This liaison has the task of:
- Answer inquires and offer advice to juniors, prospective juniors, parents or others who want to participate in the program
- Be available at the regular general membership meetings of the CKC to report on the program
- Participate in all program events and activities
The Junior Showmanship program participates may assist CKC members with fundraising activities for the club. Juniors may also host their own fundraising activities for which funds generated shall go to the general fund of the CKC. The board of directors must approve any and all motions whereby income generated by a junior showmanship program fundraiser be designated specifically for a junior event and/or scholarship.
Companion Event Activities
The Junior Showmanship program may also offer educational classes and instructions on AKC companion events such as obedience, rally and other events if time and resources are available.
Junior Showmanship Committee
The CKC will recruit members from the club to participate on the committee. The committee will consist of at least three (3) active members in good standing. They are to be selected and appointed by the board of directors in accordance with the Bylaws on committees. The chairperson should be willing and able to assume the administrative responsibilities and education tasks of the committee. The other committee members should be willing and able to assist with all events, activities and educational tasks of the committee. Club members may be asked to attend a junior class with their dog for socialization needs.