Junior Handlers

Junior Handlers

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.

Click here to download the Junior Handler competition manual.


2021 DOGS NSW Junior Handler State Finals

The DOGS NSW Junior Handler Working Party have advised that the NSW State Finals, will now be on Saturday, 13 November 2021.

Check in: 1.00pm. Start Time: 2.00pm.

This event is to be held in conjunction with 'North of the Harbour' Show. * NOTH will not stop judging whilst the the Junior Handler State Finals is being held.

The 2021 DOGS NSW Junior State Finals is proudly sponsored by Royal Canin.

  • Click here to download the ANKC State Finals Entry Form.
  • Click here to download the 2021 Junior Handler Competition Dog Owners Declaration.


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!

Get involved!

For more information about Junior Handlers or to get involved, email junior.handler@dogsnsw.org.au or call (02) 9834 3022.


Junior Handler Manual

Application Form / Exam

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.

Junior Handler Judges Application Form
Junior Handler Voluntary Declaration Form

More information

Junior Handler results
Junior Handler Working Party
ANKC Junior Handler Judges List - Updated 16 Nov 2020
DOGS NSW Regulations - Part 2 Show - Section 6.8