DOUBLE handling is prohibited, the Kennel Club is reminding exhibitors following ‘recent incidents at shows’.
Most exhibitors are not guilty of attracting a dog from outside the ring – which can take many forms, including using toys and food to attract attention or calling a dog’s name – but those who do are being reminded that show regulations ban the practice, which is considered ‘unsporting’ and can give the dog an unfair advantage over the others, the KC said this week.
Regulation F(1)17h reads ‘The attracting of the attention of exhibits by any method from outside the ring is prohibited. It is the duty of the judge, steward or show management noticing such attraction to ask that it cease’.
The KC is also taking swingeing steps to stop double handling by German Shepherd exhibitors, part of a set of measures the club is considering in a bid to tackle perceived problems in the breed.
“There’s a perception among some exhibitors that double handling is an issue which affects only the GSD,” said secretary Caroline Kisko. “This isn’t true – the regulation applies to all breeds… where breaches are reported… appropriate action will be taken.”