Hopefully you would have purchased your future champion from a breeder who will guide you through your first attempts – if not research is even more important.
There’s nothing like hands on research, so try to visit as many dog shows as possible. Even old hands at showing are keen to pick up any tips that will enhance their chances of winning. Any exhibitor will take time to speak to someone interested in their breed but never approach them as they are preparing for the ring.
If a dog or the owner has caught your eye and you feel you would like to speak to them why not watch them in their class first, every exhibitor wears a ring number, you can read about them and their dog in the catalogue of entries. If they bred the dog that caught your eye why not go ask if they are expecting any more puppies. If you like the way they handle go ask how they train their dogs – but after they have exhibited in the ring. Remember also that if they won their class they will still be preparing the dog to re-enter the ring later for best of sex judging, then hopefully best in show!
When looking in the show catalogue you may find another breed enthusiast that lives in your area. Find out where they train their dogs, strange as it may seem some ringcraft classes may not have experience of how your breed is shown in the ring. Take a look at how a Yorkshire Terrier is presented as opposed to a German Shepherd – there is a vast difference.
The Kennel Club hold a list of registered training clubs, these will be for all dog interests so make sure you sign up for the correct type of club for your interest.
Social Events and Friends
Because the club you pick will be local to where you live, you will soon make friends with many other canine enthusiasts. You will bump into these people at local shows and they will be able to advise you in the general show routine. Many people arrange to car share, which can be a great saving in what is becoming an expensive hobby.
Training classes will also arrange seminars and talks that will enhance your enjoyment of your new interest in the dog game.
Many clubs will arrange match nights where an invited judge will assess the dogs present and place them accordingly. This is excellent practice for your first shows and for your dog to get used to show ring conditions. Judges at these events are often new to assessing dogs and this gives them practice before they enter a proper show ring. Sometimes an experienced judge is invited so your dog may be looked over by someone who has judged at Crufts.
There will also be party nights when dogs will play silly games along with their owners. Christmas is a great time for this when many dogs will wear fancy dress and compete on a different level. It is always fun to see Mastiffs dressed as Sugar Plum Fairies and Afghan Hounds in Father Christmas outfits – it’s a little bit of silliness that makes a break in the often serious side of training. Party nights are also a time when awards are made to the dogs that have won the most points during the year at dog shows. Every dog attending classes from young puppies to veterans are welcome at ringcraft clubs.
Im looking for a ringcraft club for french bulldogs , i live in birmingham
Gill - 13-Apr-17 @ 8:40 AM
Hi there, I've never shown my 7month old border collie, Bonnie, but would love to find out more and attend ring-craft classes with her. She attends obedience classes and loves being involved in activities with me. Can you advise of any classes in the north west (South cheshire) area please.Many thanks,Andrea
ANGIE - 9-Apr-17 @ 9:06 AM
Hi, I'm looking for ringcraft classes and Rottweiler classes around north east England, Newcastle and surrounding areas. Thanks
Km - 12-Mar-17 @ 6:03 PM
Hi looking for classes in or around Leeds/West Yorkshire?
MrsStani - 10-Feb-17 @ 11:17 PM
Ring craft classes at mapalbough greenvillage. No Redditch. On Tuesday evenings
Tracey - 25-Jan-17 @ 4:34 PM
hi I am looking for ringcraft classes around Harlow or Enfield area ?
pink poodles - 10-Jan-17 @ 1:48 PM
I am looking for a ring craft class near Camberley in Surrey, does anyone know of one?
Nikki - 28-Dec-16 @ 6:49 PM
Does anyone know of a Ring Craft Class in Liverpool between L1 and L25...that is really good? I went to one in Aintree by Jacobs Factory and it wasnt very good at all .Thank you x
Ashley - 29-Nov-16 @ 7:47 PM
Hi I'm looking for a ring craft class near bath to start with a new bulldog puppy if anyone can help Thankyou
Chelle - 14-Nov-16 @ 9:59 PM
I'm looking for a ring craft class near Horwich Lancashire on Monday evenings for my Irish wolf hound. He is 11 months old. We have followed all the advise from our breeder & have done shows which he has done well at. However, one show has left him a bit jettery & now he is not letting judges touch him which is really unusual.
Finn - 5-Nov-16 @ 7:16 PM
Any ringcraft classes in the Halesowen, Stourbridge or Dudley area please.
Sue H - 2-Nov-16 @ 7:47 AM
Any ringcraft anywhere near Brightlingsea, Essex, CO7 0NA Thank you.
Florence - 27-Oct-16 @ 2:09 PM
Hi am looking for ringcraft classes in Forest of Dean or Ross on wye area please
Cat - 24-Oct-16 @ 10:55 PM
Hi looking for bulldog ring classes nr Sutton in Surrey. ..any advice would be great.
Dap - 24-Oct-16 @ 8:57 PM
I am loking ringcraft classes around Newcastle upon tyne
Anna Zara - 13-Oct-16 @ 7:13 PM
I would like ring raft for my new puppy who is 16 weeks
I live in Farnham,Surrey
Is there anywhere local?
Buffy - 24-Aug-16 @ 10:24 PM
Hello I am looking for a ring craft classes near Denmead Hampshire for my 7 month Cocker Spaniel puppy
Hyacinth - 23-Aug-16 @ 9:51 AM
I'm looking for a ringcraft club for my 16 week old Rough Collie that I would like to show. We live on the Cambridgeshire/Bedfordshire border and this will be a totally new adventure for us both - thanks for your help
Shimmy - 30-Jul-16 @ 6:36 PM
Is there a ring craft class near Ripponden, West Yorkshire?
Shaz - 27-Jun-16 @ 9:31 PM
I would like to help to find a Ringcraft class in Whitby,
Jax - 20-Jun-16 @ 8:02 PM
I am looking for a Ringcraft class in the Whitby area?
Rogue - 14-Jun-16 @ 5:57 PM
I have a French bulldog pup and need ringcraft classes with a view to showing I would like classes perhaps around Norwich area
Pam - 31-May-16 @ 9:50 AM
Hi, I am looking for a Ringcraft class in Somerset, for my 20 week old chocolate Labrador. Thank you.
Chezwez - 5-May-16 @ 11:01 PM
I live in Herne Bay, Kent and am looking for ring craft classes for my 11 week old Lakeland Terrier.
Gail - 2-May-16 @ 3:40 PM
Looking for a ring craft class near to Milton Keynes or Towcester can you recommend are there any Saturday classes
Mel - 28-Apr-16 @ 5:53 AM
HI I am looking for ringcraft classes in Oxfordshire please ?
carole boyes-weston - 23-Apr-16 @ 2:38 PM
I am looking for a ring craft class near Northmoor,Witney ,Oxfordshire.Please can you advise- I hear there was one in the Village Hall ,Kingham.
carole boyes-weston - 23-Apr-16 @ 10:13 AM
I am looking for a ring craft class near Northmoor,Witney ,Oxfordshire
carole boyes-weston - 23-Apr-16 @ 10:12 AM
Hi I live in uttoxeter and looking for ringcraft for my border terrier
Dogboy - 1-Apr-16 @ 2:07 PM
I'm looking for ringraft classes near Winchester , Hampshire . Thank you.