Next month, forty Young Kennel Club (YKC) members will get the chance to boost their canine training skills by attending two special handling training days at the Birmingham National Dog Show.
The training sessions, which are divided depending on experience, will offer members the opportunity to train their dogs in handling with experienced, senior YKC members Charlotte Louise-Page and Kyle Adams. Charlotte has been showing dogs for the past twelve years and won UK Junior Handler of The Year in 2010 and the Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person of The Year award in 2016. Kyle has been competing in handling for ten years and was YKC Handler of the Year at Crufts in 2014.
YKC members will also find out about ring etiquette, showmanship presentation, basic control and pattern work and points of the dog. The day will end with a fun competition.
Gerald King, YKC Chairman, said, "Our handling training days at the Birmingham National Dog Show are always extremely popular. They are a fantastic way for our young members to develop and improve their handling skills at any level, plus the sessions are a great way to make lifelong friends and form an even stronger bond with their dogs. Many thanks to Charlotte Louise-Page and Kyle Adams for taking the time to help develop the handling skills of our young members, we hope that everyone who attends enjoys the day."
Taking place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th May at the Pavilion at the Stafford Showground, the day is open to all members aged 6-24 years whether they are novice or experienced in both handling and the show ring. Sessions for beginners on the Saturday are currently full but members may email the office to be added to the waiting list. To find out more and to fill in an application form, visit www.ykc.org.uk/Birminghamjuniorhandling/ or speak to the Young Kennel Club team YKC@thekennelclub.org.uk