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Junior Handling Training & Competing

Young Kennel Club handling encourages members to present their dogs, as if presenting a dog in the breed ring; however, the golden rule (never come between your dog and the judge) applies. If you have already been competing this year, you can click on the compete button below to see the year's YKC show results!

What is Junior Handling?

A person who takes a dog into the show ring is called a handler. Junior handling is a way for the handler to show how they move and present a dog in the show ring. It is a competition that focuses on how the handler presents the dog to the judge and does not involve any judging of the dog. 

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Getting Started

The junior handler should aim to become 'invisible' so that the dog is always in the forefront and they should try to show off all the good points of the dog and minimise any faults. Another important part of junior handling is to look the part; junior dog handlers always dress smartly in the show ring. 

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Competing

Basic patterns have been designed to test the ability of the handler in the show ring and you will be asked by the judge to demonstrate these. There are 3 different age categories for YKC classes which are 6-11 years, 12-16 years & 17-24 years. Junior dog handling qualifiers are held across the country.

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