Junior Handler competitions are a wonderful opportunity for young members of DOGS NSW to exhibit their purebred dogs in the show ring. The competitions are a lot of fun and a rewarding challenge.
You’ll make new friends, learn all about dogs, and develop confidence and good sportsmanship alongside other up and coming handlers at competitions and weekly activities.
How do I become a Junior Handler?
If you are between 12 and 18 years of age, you can have your own DOGS NSW junior membership. If you are between seven and 11 years old, your parent or guardian must be a DOGS NSW member for you to participate.
When are competitions held?
Heats are held on weekends throughout the whole year. Once each year, Junior Handlers compete in State Finals, and the best in each state then go to the National Finals.
A trip to England to compete in the World Challenge is on offer for the best Junior Handler at the National Finals.
Change of date for 2021 Junior Handler Nationals and DOGS NSW State Finals
The DOGS NSW Junior Handler Working Party have just been advised that the National Finals, which were to be held in Perth, have now been cancelled. The Final will now be conducted at the Adelaide Royal on 12 September 2021, providing there are no COVID Restrictions.
As a result of these changes, the NSW State Junior Handler Finals will now be conducted at the DOGS NSW Spring Fair on Sunday, 29 August 2021.
When: 7.00-8.30pm – 3rd Monday of every month (excluding December) Where: The Bill Spilstead Complex for Canine Affairs, 44 Luddenham Road, Orchard Hills How much: Training nights are $2 for junior members of DOGS NSW Cancellation: Any cancellations will be advised on Social Media i.e. wet weather, etc
Rewards at the end of each training session keep it fun for your dog – they’ll love training even more when they know it’s followed by play time!
The Junior Handler Judges Examination will now be completed through an online program. Once DOGS NSW receives your application and payment an email containing the instructions, website and log in details and will be provided to you.