by Sam Mazzotta
DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I read an article by a local writer about a dog show that was held here. The writer seemed uncertain of the rules for this type of event and left some information out. I thought that you might like to get this information on dog shows out to all of your readers as well.
All dog shows are managed by a show superintendent, who is present for the duration of the show and will answer any question regarding the appropriate rules and regulations. Further, all American Kennel Club-sponsored shows (conformation and obedience) will have free copies of the booklet Dog Show Rules at the superintendent’s desk within the show location. A copy of the same can be ordered from the American Kennel Club’s Web site (www.akc.org).
I’m not an AKC employee, but I have showed dogs for quite some time and, as such, questions have arisen that needed answering then and there … hence I learned of the availability of this booklet. Rules change from time to time, so the booklet can be a handy item to have on hand. – Jacki S., Grosse Pointe Shores, MI.
DEAR JACKI: Many thanks, and I’m sure my readers will benefit from your information. The American Kennel Club is an important source of information about dog selection and care, show rules, breeding and many other topics. I strongly encourage dog owners – whether they are interested in participating in dog shows or just improving their knowledge of care and training – to visit the AKC’s website.