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Find a Ringcraft Club

By: Elaine Everest - Updated: 20 Nov 2018 | comments*Discuss
Ringcraft Showing Puppies Veterans

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!

Show Catalogue

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.

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Looking for a ringcraft class in northampton for a great dane. Hes 8 weeks old & dad won crufts in 2016.
Sammy - 20-Nov-18 @ 8:40 PM
Hi are there any ring craft classes in Ashton under Lyne ?
Vik - 18-Oct-18 @ 1:14 AM
Can you please can you tellif that any ring craft near leeds or selby
JCollies - 13-Oct-18 @ 9:54 PM
Is they any ring craft nearleeds or Selby
Thej - 13-Oct-18 @ 9:52 PM
Hi I live in west London does anyone know of ring craft training for my 7 month german shepherd girl as her brother and parents are champions already :( I have not done this before but would love her to be trained like her brothers
aprilstar - 5-Aug-18 @ 10:51 PM
Hi, I just wondered if anyone knew of any ringcraft classes in the Leeds/Wakefield areas please.My local one at Normanton isn't running at the moment, Kind regards, Julie
Julie - 1-Aug-18 @ 10:55 AM
Any ring craft classes in Kent for toy breeds thank you
Lynsey - 29-Jul-18 @ 11:43 AM
Hi i brought a pug puppy in june he is 6 months old from a breeder in somerset most of her pugs are champion show dogs she asked me if i was going to show him i would like to but never done this before so would need some help i live in hull east yorkshire west hull if you could give me any info woukd be travelling by bus many thanks sharon
Sharonanne - 21-Jul-18 @ 1:45 PM
Forgot to say I live in doncaster
Lou - 20-Jul-18 @ 7:48 PM
Hi I’m looking for a local class to start showing my chow chow can you please point me in the right direction where I start thanks
Lou - 20-Jul-18 @ 7:47 PM
Looking for ring craft classes in the bradford area to teach me how to show my Staffordshire bull terrier
Jaytee - 5-Jul-18 @ 4:57 AM
Hello, I am looking for a ringcraft class in or near Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. Thank you.
PerfectPointer - 28-Jun-18 @ 1:42 AM
Is there anyone in the Norwich Nofolk area that does 121 dog showing / handling I want to be able to show my own dog now after having used handlers
Tegan 64 - 17-Jun-18 @ 11:59 AM
Hi, could anybody tell me if there are any ringcract classes in or local to Manchester (M44) Many thanks
Ni - 14-Jun-18 @ 2:23 PM
Could anyone tell me if there are any ringcraft classes in the doncaster area im willing to travel so let me know thanks
Joe69 - 11-Jun-18 @ 8:58 AM
Does anyone know of a Ringcraft still open in Dorset. Most in the KC website are no longer running
Richard Lock - 13-May-18 @ 9:15 PM
Hi does anybody know of a ring craft class running in the Abergavenny or surrounding areas please. Thanks in advance Nikki Beer
Nikki - 13-May-18 @ 1:23 PM
Looking for a ring craft classnear Peacehaven or surrounding area???
Prentice - 18-Feb-18 @ 12:31 PM
Is there a ring class near Dartford kent
Shaz - 27-Jan-18 @ 1:35 PM
Looking for a ringcraft club near to Bangor. Preferably specialising in gundogs
Susan - 15-Jan-18 @ 2:38 PM
Just wondered if anyone knew of ringcraft in or around Sheffield.
Brax - 26-Dec-17 @ 11:28 PM
Hi, I am looking for ringcraft classes in Edinburgh! We would love to start classes in January. I appreciate if someone shares info about classes in Edinburgh city. Thank you!
Dovile - 14-Nov-17 @ 10:03 AM
Hi I am looking ringclasses near Wallsend Tyne and Wear. I will be gratefulfor any I go. Kind Regards Anna
AnnaT - 3-Nov-17 @ 7:58 PM
Hi does anyone know where there is ring craft classes in the Whitstable area of Kent
Liz - 31-Oct-17 @ 6:33 PM
Hi wondered were abouts ringcraft classes are in Yorkshire dales as im interested in moving to that area
Liz - 19-Sep-17 @ 10:18 AM
im looking for ringcraft classes on the Wirral can anyone help?
Shorts - 4-Aug-17 @ 4:38 AM
Hi one in maryport Cumbria have a bullmastiff 5 month old and can't seem to find any ring craft classes near me, could you help please, thankyou
Leon - 28-Jul-17 @ 4:10 PM
I live in Darlington county Durham and have a 5 month old standard poodle we have never attended ring craft sessions and would love to try...please can you tell me where the nearest class is please Many thanks Hazel
Haze - 18-Jul-17 @ 7:38 PM
Im looking for a ringcraft class close on to Gateshead
Marcus - 8-Jul-17 @ 7:11 PM
Hi, I am looking for ringcraft classes in Selby or as near as possible. Thanks
susib - 27-Jun-17 @ 3:13 PM
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