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The Incident Book at Shows

Monday, August 1, 2016 - Posted by KC Press Release, in Shows and Events

The Kennel Club would like to remind clubs and societies of the importance of the proper reporting of any incidents occurring at shows, using the incident book. Clear reports, containing all relevant details, allow incidents to be investigated more easily and as a result any issues may be resolved more quickly, which is beneficial to all concerned.

The Kennel Club website has been updated to explain the responsibilities of the show management when it comes to reporting incidents, as well as offering advice on how to fill out the incident book correctly. Competitors are reminded that they should report an incident occurring at a show, and detailed guidance on how to do so is provided on the website. Please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/incidents-at-shows/

Any incidents of unsatisfactory judging procedure may be reported via the incident book at a show. The Kennel Club will note any such reports, and will investigate should consistent reports be received regarding any one judge.

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Friday, July 1, 2016 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General

The General Committee has recently approved an amendment to the rally regulations, the Kennel Club has announced.

The amendment highlighted below was deferred for 12 months and will now come into effect on 1st January 2017:

Amendment to Regulation S17.f

As entries increase for rally shows, show organisers have been finding it more difficult to accommodate those judges wishing to split their time between judging and competing on the same day. Additionally, the working party considered that, as entries are increasing and the judges’ pool expands, not competing and judging on the same day will help prevent the conflict of interest which might arise.

The wording of the regulation allows for the partner of a judge to work a co-owned dog at the same level being judged by the co-owner, but not in the part of a class being judged by the co-owner. A competitor may ask to be put in a part of a class that their partner is not judging. However, show organisers may specify that the entries would be returned where an entry had been made by the partner of a judge where the class had not been split.

Regulation S17.f


Judges at a Rally competition may enter a class they are not judging, provided it does not conflict with their judging assignment. However, host associations will not interrupt or delay any class to accommodate judges must not enter for competition a dog which is recorded in their sole ownership, or handle a dog, at the Competition at which they are judging. A dog recorded in part ownership with the Judge may be entered for competition in any part of a class other than the part which the judge is judging.

(Deletion struck through. Insertion underlined)

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Saturday, June 4, 2016 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General

The Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme Awards, hosted by the Kennel Club, took place on Friday 3rd June to celebrate some of the greatest people and organisations working with dogs. The annual prize-giving ceremony recognises the efforts of individuals, canine organisations and local authorities nationwide which have invested their time and energy into helping to train dogs and educate their owners on the importance of responsible dog ownership.

The Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme (GCDS) was set up in 1992 to promote socially acceptable dogs by way of creating responsible dog owners. It provides a quality standard of training for dog and owner and incorporates many domestic obedience exercises. Now the largest dog training scheme in the UK, it has since inception, issued over 562,575 certificates of achievement to owners and their dogs who have successfully passed the scheme’s tests. There are currently around 1,800 dog training clubs and other organisations around the country actively running the scheme.

The awards were judged by members of the Good Citizen Dog Scheme Working Party and senior Kennel Club representatives, who admired the dedication of dog training clubs and local authorities and thanked everyone who entered this year.

Solihull Dog Training Club was named the overall winner of the awards.

Supporters of the scheme, Royal Canin, presented an award for outstanding achievement, which was based on public votes. This was presented to Bill Baird, from Nuneaton Dog Training Club whose dedication to promoting the Good Citizen Dog Training scheme and helping owners to train their dogs impressed voters.

This year’s other winners were; KC Listed Status Club, Perth Dog Training Club; KC Registered Training Club, Solihull Dog Training Club; Registered Breed Club, The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of Great Britain; and Local Council Category – Most Effective Campaign, Aberdeenshire Council.

Special awards in recognition of individuals’ dedication to dog training and education  were also presented to Marcia Mannings-Smith, for her work with the GCDS at Crufts and her ongoing role at Solihull Dog Training Club; Dave Deakin, for his work in coordinating GCDS testing at General Championship shows; Neville Uden, for his ongoing involvement in a large number of areas of the scheme, including the GCDS Supermatch; Carol Thornley, for her work with the Kennel Club’s Safe and Sound Scheme at Crufts and her ongoing support and promotion of the GCDS; and Bob and Janet Clarke, for their promotion of the GCDS by taking their Labradors Katie and Cookie into schools, hospitals and hospices.

After announcing the winners, Kennel Club GCDS Working Party Chairman, Maurice Cooke said: “The Good Citizen Dog Scheme Awards provide a wonderful opportunity for us to celebrate the hard work undertaken by training groups, local authorities and individuals.

“Today’s winners have consistently gone above and beyond to promote responsible dog ownership and deserve to be honoured accordingly.  The enthusiasm and dedication from those who work tirelessly on behalf of dogs and their owners, helps organisations like the Kennel Club to educate people about responsible dog ownership and canine welfare.

“Massive congratulations to those who won today and a huge thank you to everyone who helps make a positive difference to the lives of dogs and their owners.”

The winners and runners up for the GCDS 2016 awards are as follows:

KC Registered Training Club

1st  Solihull Dog Training Club - West Midlands

2nd Nuneaton Dog Training Club - Warwickshire

KC Listed Status Clubs

1st Perth DTC - Perth

2nd The K9 Academy – Tyne & Wear

3rd Dog Training Made Easy in Lincs - Lincolnshire

KC Registered Breed Club & KC Registered Ringcraft Club

1st The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of GB - Nationwide

Local Council Category – Most Effective Campaign

1st Aberdeenshire Council - Aberdeen

2nd London Borough of Sutton (Sutton Safer Partnership) – London

3rd East Riding of Yorkshire Council - Yorkshire

Overall Winner

Solihull Dog Training Club

Royal Canin Special Award

Bill Baird

Runners up Kathryn Churchill and Joe Nutkins

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Thursday, June 2, 2016 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General

The Kennel Club wishes to remind exhibitors of its Proof of Posting (POP) policy.

The Kennel Club is aware that on occasion entries do get lost in the post. However, a small number of exhibitors may be exploiting the Proof of Posting system by various means. 

In order to address this unsportsmanlike behaviour, the Kennel Club uses a Proof of Posting database which lists everyone who makes an entry on the day of a show, and, in particular, whether Proof of Posting was provided on the day. The Kennel Club will contact exhibitors who have not provided Proof of Posting or Proof of Online Entry following the show.

If an exhibitor is found to have been entered onto the database twice, they will be notified that, should they make a further entry on the day of a show, the matter may be referred to the Committee and could result in the disqualification of awards. If subsequent entries on the day are made, the only proof of posting that will be accepted is the Show Society’s confirmation of receipt or an email receipt from an online entry company or a copy of a bank statement. Repeat offenders will be obliged to send their future entries by recorded delivery or enter online.

Exhibitors who have experienced having their entries lost in the post may also wish to consider entering online or sending their entries via recorded delivery. In this way, exhibitors can be certain that their entries have been received and there will be an opportunity to resubmit entries prior to the closing date should any future postal problems arise.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “No one likes to think of exhibitors circumventing the rules, but sad to say there will always be a small minority of people who do this. It is for this reason that these measures concerning proof of posting are in place to ensure a level playing field for all.”

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Thursday, May 19, 2016 - Posted by KC Press Release, in Crufts

Rally is to join established favourite events in the obedience ring at Crufts 2017, the Kennel Club has announced.

The revised programme for next year is as follows:

  • Thursday – Inter-Regional Rally competition followed by the Obreedience competition.
  • Friday – Inter-Regional Obedience competition.
  • Saturday – Obedience Championships for dogs.
  • Sunday – Obedience Championships for bitches.

Gerald King, Crufts Chairman, said: “Crufts 2017 looks set to be an action-packed showcase for the world of obedience. We are very excited to have rally join the ever-popular Inter-Regional Obedience, Obreedience and Obedience Championships for dogs and bitches at the world’s largest dog show. We are expecting all obedience activities to draw in the usual large crowds of people who love dogs, love Crufts and love these compelling competitions.”

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Thursday, May 12, 2016 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General

The Kennel Club has approved amendments to the ‘Guidelines for Owners and Handlers with Dogs Taking Part in Canine Activities’ (excluding breed shows and gundog events). The updated document is available to view on the Kennel Club website.

These guidelines have been set out in order to ensure that a dog’s welfare takes precedence over all other demands and at all stages during the preparation and training of the dog for, and during, competitive and non-competitive canine activities.

These guidelines set out the obligations that show and event organisers, clubs, trainers/instructors and owners/handlers have for the welfare of dogs taking part in Kennel Club licensed canine activities.

The guidelines can be found on the relevant pages for agility, obedience, working trials, Bloodhound trials, heelwork to music and rally, via www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/.

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Friday, March 18, 2016 - Posted by KC Press Release, in Crufts

The Kennel Club is calling for anyone interested in becoming a Rally Inter-Regional Team Manager to get in touch.

The Inter-Regional Rally event is due to take place for the first time in 2017 and is a competition between teams from Scotland, Northern Ireland, North, Midlands, Wales, South East & East Anglia, and South & South West.

The Kennel Club is now inviting applications from interested parties who would like to be considered for the position of a Crufts Rally Inter-Regional Team Manager, for the period up to and including Crufts 2019.

Each team manager appointment is for a three year period and must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Reside in the area they manage
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in the competition
  • Actively promote the competition
  • Appoint two assistant managers for the appointment period (who will be entitled to free entry and car parking for the day of the event). The choice of assistant managers should be used to ensure that all areas of the region are covered by the team selection process.
  • Ensure any equipment required for team selection and training is available to team members.
  • Liaise with the event coordinator as required.


  • Good communication and organisational skills.
  • Ability to work with team members and assistants to build team spirit and ensure everyone understands their role and responsibilities for the day.
  • Access to and an ability to use a computer, in particular completing Word documents received by email and then returned to the coordinator by email.

Team selection process

Team managers will host at least one team selection event to which dogs and handlers are invited to attend, through an application process that is clearly advertised throughout their area.

The application form will contain the following information:

  1. Dog and handler details
  2. List of awards achieved during the year
  3. The class level applied for.

Once a team is selected, the manager shall host at least one team training session to build team spirit, to ensure all members are suitably acquainted with the tests and requirements for the day.

Expectations for competition day

  • Arrive at the Rally competition area early enough to meet all team members as they arrive and to ensure they are briefed in preparation for the day.
  • Lead the team in the parade at the start and finish of the day.
  • Ensure each team member is in the collecting ring ready to compete as required.
  • Offer the reserve handler and dog the opportunity to work in the ring during the lunch break.

Richard Kebble (Crufts Chief Obedience & Rally Steward) and Sue Garner (Event Coordinator) are happy to speak to potential applicants. Initial contact can be made via email to richard.kebble@btopenworld.com or suegarner4dogs@btinternet.com.

Those interested should send their applications to Cathy Guiver, Crufts Office, The Kennel Club, Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London, W1J 8AB or via email to cathy.guiver@thekennelclub.org.uk by 11th April 2016.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - Posted by KC, in General

The following amendments to the Rally ‘S’ Regulations have recently been approved by the Kennel Club and will come into effect on 1 January 2016.

S4. Licensed Rally Competitions

Limited competitions are being introduced to encourage new participants into Rally so there is a need for a number of amendments to the existing Regulations and the introduction of some new Regulations:

S4. Licensed Rally Competitions is amended as follows:


Licensed Competitions held under Kennel Club Rules and Regulations are those held under licence granted by the General Committee of the Kennel Club and are:

a.         Open Rally Competitions - Open to all competitors.

b.         Limited Rally Competitions - Where entry is limited to-

(i)         Members of the Competition Society

(ii)        Competitors resident within a specific area

(iii)       Specific Breeds

(iv)      By numbers (such numbers to be stipulated in the schedule)

(v)       Or otherwise subject to approval of the General Committee of the Kennel Club.

(Insertions in bold.)

(Subsequent paragraphs to be renumbered.)

Regulation S17.b.

This is required to differentiate between judging at Open and Limited Competitions.

Regulation S17.b. is amended as follows:



Before judging a Level 1 or Level 2 class at an Open Rally Competition a judge must have…..

Insert new Regulation S17.e.

The following change is designed to ensure that judges receive help in designing suitable courses and attendance at a seminar would provide valuable feedback which would assist in their development.

Therefore, Regulation S17.e. is amended as follows:

Before judging at a Limited Rally Competition a judge must have:

(1)       handled a dog and achieved a Qualifying Score whilst competing at an Open Rally Competition.

(2)       attended a Kennel Club Rally Regulations and Judging Procedure Seminar and passed the Regulations and Judging Procedure examination

(3)       attended a Kennel Club Rally Practical Judging Seminar

(4)       OR be an existing Kennel Club Rally qualified judge

(Insertions in bold.)

(Subsequent paragraphs to be renumbered.)

Regulation S(A)1. Levels

This is to clarify that scores earned at Limited Competitions do not count towards Progression or Titles.

Therefore Regulation S(A)1. is amended as follows:


Rally handler/dog teams compete at one of six levels, from Level 1 to Level 6.  Progression to the next Level does not require either wins or places.  Qualification is by achieving a score of at least 170 out of 200 on three occasions under three different judges.  Scores of 170 or greater earned at Limited Rally Competitions do not count towards Progression, Rally Level Titles or Excellent Titles.

(Insertions in bold.)

S(A)2. Eligibility

This amendment enables competitors to enter two Special classes while retaining the requirement to enter the standard class for which they are eligible.

The objective of this amendment is to encourage Clubs to schedule more Special (or non-qualifying) classes and to provide competitors with the opportunity to enter more such classes. 

Therefore Regulation S(A)2. Eligibility is amended as follows:


When entered for a show competition, a dog must be entered in a standard class at the level for which it is eligible as defined below. The dog may also, if desired, be entered in two additional classes, either one further standard class at the next level up, plus one additional special class, or two additional special classes. In the following definitions, ‘achieved a Level 1 Title’, ‘achieved a Level 2 Title’ and so on mean that the dog meets the requirements for those Titles as defined in paragraph 3 below. 

(Insertions in bold. Deletion struck through.)

Regulation S(B)3.f Finish

This is to clarify that handlers may play and reward their dogs before undertaking the Bonus exercise.

Therefore, Regulation S(B)3.f Finish is amended as follows:


Timing concludes as the dog/handler team crosses the Finish Line. If the dog/handler team has not chosen to perform the Bonus Exercise, judging concludes as the dog/handler team crosses the Finish Line. If the dog/handler team has chosen to perform the Bonus Exercise, judging will conclude after the dog/handler team completes the exercise. Once a dog/handler team has crossed the Finish line the handler is permitted to release the dog from the heel position and to physically praise and play with their dog prior to undertaking the bonus exercise.

(Insertion in bold)

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Hilary Astbury has passed away suddenly

Thursday, October 22, 2015 - Posted by Claire Coughlan-Khan, in General

It is my sad duty to inform you that Hilary Astbury has passed away suddenly, today. She was recently found to be suffering from cancer. Further details will be released in due course.
Hilary was a respected Rally Judge and competitor at all levels, plus a KC Accredited Rally Trainer and member of the Rally Working Party. I will miss her greatly.
My condolences, thoughts and prayers are with her husband, Malcolm, their family and friends.
We, as Accredited Trainers, will be remembering Hilary at our meeting tomorrow.
Rest in peace, Hilary, you will be missed hugely in Rally.
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Summary of Recommendations

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - Posted by Rally Working Party, in Working Party

 The recommendations from this years Rally Working Party meetings on 16th March 2015, and 20th July 2015 have been published today. Click on the link below to read:

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