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"Are you entering the 2014 Royal?" .......Everything you need to know as an exhibitor !!!

2014 Royal Melbourne Championship Dog Show ....Questions and Answers for Exhibitors

German Shepherd Dog Breed Judging - Saturday September 20th, 2014

Hans Joachim Dux (Germany)

Entries Close .........Friday 8 August 2014

Read the schedule here (recommended!, lots of info included)

Enter online via the RASV portal here

Note: Exhibitors should also make themselves familiar with the contents of the Royal Show Supplement that was available in the May Dogs Victoria magazine.  If you have lost it, you can access the same document on the Royal Show website. If you have a question that is NOT answered here, please email webmaster@gsdcv.org.au
FAQ Categories (click on a Category or a Question below to be linked straight to it, Use your BACK arrow to return to the main category list). A full pdf is available to download at the bottom of the page.
1. Entering
2. What to bring/do on the day
3. Parking
4. Benching your dog(s)
5. Security
6. Talking to the Public about the GSD

1. ENTERING
Q: When do Entries Close?
Q: How much does it cost to enter a dog in the Royal Melbourne Championship Dog Show?
Q: Will classes be judged like a specialist show?
Q: Is the catalogue included with my entry fee?
Q: Where can I find the Schedule?
Q: Do I have to join the RASV to show at the Royal Show?
Q: Why does the RASV Portal want me to register before I can register an online entry?
Q: Do I have to include a normal cheque book style entry form if I use the hard copy entry form in the back of the RASV schedule?
Q: What is the Breeders Group Class?
Q: Is there a dual trophy available for Conformation and Obedience?
Q: Will I have to pay for my companion to come into the Showgrounds, if I only have one or two dogs?
Q: Do I have to check in on the day?
Q: Where do I go on the day to collect my catalogue?
2. WHAT TO BRING/DO ON THE DAY
Q: I didn’t buy a catalogue with my entries. How can I get one after entries have closed?
Q: What time is Check in?
Q: What time do I have to be there?
Q: What time does judging start?
Q: What order are the dogs judged in?
Q: Can I use a long lead and show collar or do I have to use a correction collar like All breeds?
Q: Will we be allowed to “double handle” our dogs?
Q: What standard of dress will be required by handlers?
Q: If I win, will I need to come back for In-Group judging?
Q: Can I leave the show when my class is finished?
Q: I have an emergency and need to leave – what do I do?
Q: What about bringing in food and drink for the exhibitors?
Q: Where can I groom my dog?
Q: I’ve got my own grooming gear, can I use it on the benches?
Q: My electrical equipment doesn’t have a current tag. Can this be done on the day?
Q: What will it cost me to have my electrical equipment tested and tagged at the Royal Melbourne
Q: My helper is coming by public transport. Will that be OK?
Q: Can I put a crate out in the collection ring to hold my second dog?
Q: Where can I walk my dog?
3. PARKING
Q: Can we park dog trailers near the ring?
Q: Can I park my car close to the showground gate to drop off gear?
Q: Is there someone directing traffic in the parking area at Gate 7?
Q: How much does Flemington Racecourse parking cost?
Q: How much does private house parking cost?
Q: How do I get back into the showground after I have parked?
Q: Where do I park at the Flemington Racecourse?
Q: How far is it from the Racecourse carpark back up into the show grounds?
Q: What time is a good time to get there to park?
Q: How do I get to the Melbourne Showgrounds?
4. BENCHING
Q: Can I bring dogs with me that are not entered in the show?
Q: Can I bench wherever I want to?
Q: I want to bench next to “X” can I do that?
Q: Will all my dogs be benched together?
Q: Can my dogs be left unattended on the benches?
Q: How big are the benches?
Q: If there is an empty bench beside me can I use it?
Q: What should I bring for my dog on the bench?
Q: Do I need a crate to bench my dog?
Q: Are the benches high off the ground?
Q: Can the public touch my dog when it is on the bench?
Q: Will my dog be safe on the bench?

Q: Where can l toilet my dog?

5. SECURITY OF POSSESSIONS
Q: Will my trailer and car be safe in the Flemington Racecourse carpark?
Q: Will my personal gear be safe?
Q: If people want to pat my dog but I don’t want them to what do I do?
6. TALKING TO THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE GSD
Q: What do I do when people keep asking me questions about my dog?
Q: Can I advertise that I have a litter of puppies available or planned?

1. ENTERING
Q: When do Entries Close?
A:  Entries close at 5pm on Friday 8th August. There is also an online entry facility available.

Q: How much does it cost to enter a dog in the Royal Melbourne Championship Dog Show?
A: There is a different rate for members and non members.  Members $25 per dog, Non Members: $31 per dog.

Q: Will classes be judged like a specialist show?
A: Yes, dogs will be placed first to last, judged in a large outdoor ring with individual critiques and gradings, including Excellent medals* for the Open classes.  Place getter sashes from first to fifth place possible in each class. In addition to RASV prizes the GSDCV will donate place sashes and Trophy with sash for Challenge dog & Challenge Bitch. Please note:  As per RASV rule in schedule more than 10 entries - 5 place sashes awarded, if less then only 3 place sashes awarded. Grading will be awarded at the Judge’s discretion: ‘Promising’ and ‘Very Promising’ in Baby, Minor & Puppy Classes. ‘Good’ & ‘Very Good’ to animals over 12mths in Junior, Intermediate & Open Classes. *The grading of ‘Excellent’ and the medallion will only be awarded to exhibits 2 years of age or over, entered in the Open Classes and classified Cl.1 or Cl.11 under the GSDCA Breed Survey Scheme (or other GSDCA approved scheme.)

Q: Is the catalogue included with my entry fee?

A: As this event is being conducted by the RASV, there is no provision for the catalogue to be included in the entry fee.  Catalogues are purchased separately when entering ($15) or on the day for ($20)

Q: Where can I find the Schedule?
A: The link is shown below to the RASV website, or you access it here www.gsdcv.org.au/schedules or
http://www.rasv.com.au/Events/RMS_Home/RMS_Dogs_Home/RMS_Dogs_Entries/RMS_Dogs_Schedules-Forms/RMS_Dogs_2014_Schedule
There is also more information located at the general competitor information page starting at:
http://www.rasv.com.au/Events/RMS_Home/RMS_Dogs_Home/
or
http://www.rasv.com.au/Events/RMS_Home/RMS_Dogs_Home/RMS_Dogs_Competition-Information/RMS_Dogs_Exhibitor-Information/

Q: Do I have to join the RASV to show at the Royal Show?
A: No, you don’t have to join the RASV, but entry fee discounts are given to RASV members.  However as with any other conformation show, you do have to be a current financial member of the Controlling Body for Canines in your state ie Victorians must be members of the VCA.

Q: Why does the RASV Portal want me to register before I can register an online entry?
A: This is not joining the RASV, merely registering your details as an exhibitor so that you get a log in account to access the portal.  Then you can put your entries on hold etc and make a single payment once all entries are finalized.

Q: Do I have to include a normal cheque book style entry form if I use the hard copy entry form in the back of the RASV Schedule?
A: Yes you do.  It’s the same as the GSDCA National, the entry form shown in the RASV Schedule is only a summary sheet for payment details.  You need to do an individual conformation entry form for each dog as per any other show and attach them to the summary sheet with payment.

Q: What is the Breeders Group Class?
A: This is not being run as part of the GSD show?

Q: Is there a dual trophy available for Conformation and Obedience?
A: As this event is being conducted by the RASV, there is no provision for a dual trophy on this occasion.

Q: Will I have to pay for my companion to come into the Showgrounds, if I only have one or two dogs?

A:  The RAS will provide
One pass for one or two exhibits;
Two passes for three or four exhibits;
Three passes for five or six exhibits;
Four passes for seven or more exhibits.
The GSDCV has decided to provide one ADDITIONAL complimentary entry pass to each exhibitor who is a GSDCV member (or member of another GSDCA affiliated club), to assist exhibitors costs and encourage their participation in the conformation classes as this is a prestigious event to promote our breed.  Members may also consider whether purchase of an RAS limited membership deal may be an economical way to purchase tickets and receive a discount from the entries.
RASV Membership Package – 2 day - $65
• 20% off entry fees to the 2014 Royal Melbourne Championship Dog Show
• Two days entry to the 2014 Royal Melbourne Show
• Up to 50% off car parking
• Fully transferable guest card entitling bearer to two days entry to the 2014 Royal Melbourne Show

Q: Do I have to check in on the day?
A: Yes, you must have all exhibit ring cards marked as “pass to ring” on the day.  This is done usually by Dogs Committee stewards at the internal pavilion divider door between the two pavilions.  YOU MUST check in, otherwise they mark you as scratched (then you get a please explain why you didn’t turn up).  So if you happen to be running late, take note of the Dog Administration phone number on the contact us details, or have a friend’s mobile phone number to ring and advise if you are held up in traffic.  The Dog Committee doesn’t want to scratch people, and are more than willing to help if there are delays in arrival if they know about it!

Q: Where do I go on the day to collect my catalogue?
A: Your catalogue will be available for you at the Dogs Administration Office (which will be located in the lower pavilion near the dog toilet end).  You will need to take with you your ticket that shows you pre purchased a catalogue.

2. WHAT TO BRING/DO ON THE DAY

 Q: I didn’t buy a catalogue with my entries. How can I get one after entries have closed?
A: You can purchase catalogues ($20) at the Dog Administration Office.  You will need to pay cash for it.

Q: What time is Check in?
A: Check in takes place between 8am and 9am.  The exhibit number must be stamped in order to gain entry into the ring.  Note that your handler will need an exhibit number holder (or a safety pin) to wear the number during the class.

Q: What time do I have to be there?
A: Entry into the Showgrounds for exhibitors is between 6:30am and 9am.  The general public admission is from 10am.  Judging usually starts at 10am and if not, this is advised on noticeboards in the dog pavilion.

Q: What time does judging start?
A: Judging is expected to commence at 10am and will be held on the grass lawn.  If there is a change of judging time, that will be advised on the noticeboards on the day.

Q: What order are the dogs judged in?

A: The dogs will be judged in sex order, as per a normal all breeds show.  Ie Dog classes will be first, starting from Baby Puppy and working through to Open, then the Bitch classes following.

Q: Can I use a long lead and show collar or do I have to use a correction collar like All breeds?
A: Use a lead and show collar suits your dog and your handler.  As this is being run as a specialist show, the judge will be expecting to see the dogs gaiting in front of the handler.

Q: Will we be allowed to “double handle” our dogs?
A: Yes, even though the Royal is an all-breeds show, we have permission from the organizers to double-handle in the GSD classes. We will be allowed to call or attract our dogs from outside the judging ring, however there will not be space for a double handling lane, so in the interests of public safety there will be NO running around the ring permitted, just calling.

Q: What standard of dress will be required by handlers?
A: Good question!!!!!  The standard of dress of the handlers should be neat and tidy clothes.  Dog Show etiquette is that you:
•    should be dressed appropriate to the style of dog that you are showing and the requirements for that dog in movement. 
•    should be present for judging in a manner that shows respect for the judge, the breed and the venue.
•    Ie high heels and a tiara might be appropriate for a toy breed where the handler walks briskly beside the dog, but not appropriate for a GSD that is going to fast gait around a ring.   So handlers should perhaps consider a trouser suit, or pants, and top/shirt as being possible suitable attire.

Q: If I win, will I need to come back for In-Group judging?
A: Only the “Best of Breed” and “Best Puppy of Breed” of each variety are expected to return the following week for Group 5 Specials, and Best in Show judging. (Runner-up BOB, and other Class winners of Breed are not required. Baby Puppies will compete only for “Best Baby of the Day”).

Q: Can I leave the show when my class is finished?
A: Exhibitors and animals are not permitted to leave before 5pm or the conclusion of judging.  The gates are locked until judging has finished.

Q: I have an emergency and need to leave – what do I do?

A: If a genuine emergency happens that you need to leave, go to the Dog Section Administration room and ask to speak to the Dog Section Coordinator (Julia) as an RASV escort has to be arranged to accompany you and your dogs out of the showgrounds ie through the public areas of the showground.

Q: What about bringing in food and drink for the exhibitors?
A: Bringing in food and drink is absolutely OK to do.  Many other breed exhibitors make the day "food fests" bringing in food to share with their fellow breed exhibitors on the benches. (For many exhibitors the day is all about socialising as well as showing their dog). The one big NO is alcohol bottles or cans. There is a specific rule about that!  There is however an Exhibitor only coffee cafe in the Dog Pavilion which gives cheaper rate coffee and tea than the commercial sites within the Showgrounds (plus a spot to sit and watch the public go by). There is also an Exhibitor kitchen so you don't need to cart hot water in, bring an empty thermos and fill up as you need to. Outside the Pavilion in previous years has been a good coffee vendor as well as a good hamburger and icecream stalls.

Q: Where can I groom my dog?
A: There is a dedicated exhibitor grooming area provided in the pavilions (Usually up near the Gate 7 entrance (Pavilion 19).  All electrical equipment provided by the Sponsor within the dedicated grooming area (hairdryers etc) will be tested and tagged and available for exhibitor use during the Show.

Q: I’ve got my own grooming gear, can I use it on the benches?
A: Yes you can, if there is a power outlet near you and the power cord is not going to present a safety risk.   However any electrical equipment that requires power cords will need to be showing a current safety tag.

Q: My electrical equipment doesn’t have a current tag. Can this be done on the day?
A: Yes, there is.  Should you opt to have your electrical equipment tested and tagged on your arrival to the Royal Melbourne Championship Dog Show please note that in order to facilitate this process the RASV will provide a testing and tagging service within the Pavilions between the hours of 7.00am to 10.00am daily.

Q: What will it cost me to have my electrical equipment tested and tagged at the Royal Melbourne Championship Dog Show?
Table of Charges – Tagging and Testing – 2014 Royal Melbourne Championship Dog Show
TESTING and TAGGING – RASV MEMBERS:
Testing and Tagging first 3 electrical leads:                         $ FREE
Testing and Tagging 4+ electrical leads (cost per lead):       $  5.00
TESTING and TAGGING – NON RASV MEMBERS:
Testing and Tagging electrical lead (cost per lead)               $  5.00

Q: My helper is coming by public transport. Will that be OK?
A: Note that the general public admission is from 10am. General admission gates (other than the train gate) may not be open until then so they will have to come around to Gate 7.

Q: Can I put a crate out in the collection ring to hold my second dog?
A: The all breed people do when they have multiple dogs – they take their show trolleys out, so why not?  If it means that you are able to manage your dogs better, then consider doing so.  However, this does not mean your dog can be left unattended to display inappropriate behavior – remember our dogs are being showcased to the general public.

Q: Where can I walk my dog?
A: Dogs are not permitted outside the “Dog Precinct”. There is a designated area for toileting dogs and this is located near the Gate 7 entrance (also near the exhibitors toilets).
If you are walking your dog(s) up from the Racecourse car park, this is a nice walk for the dogs and an opportunity for them to toilet on the way (make sure you have poo bags with you!).

3. PARKING
Q: Can we park dog trailers near the ring?
A: Unfortunately space at the Showgrounds is at a premium and there is no parking available near the judging ring. Dogs, chairs and crates etc. can be dropped off in the morning (via Gate 7, Leonard Crescent), and the dogs will be benched in the pavilion from 9am to 5pm. Cars and trailers must then be parked in the Flemington Racecourse. Options exist in private houses front yards in the nearby streets – negotiated payment with the owner).  If you drop gear and dogs off via Gate 7 before parking, you will need a second person to mind the dogs (dogs should not for their own safety and security for your gear) while you park the car and come back. Alternatively, drop your chairs etc off, park your car and walk the dogs with you up from the Flemington car park to the benching area – they will enjoy the walk!

Q: Can I park my car close to the showground gate to drop off gear?
A: Yes you can, entry before 9am is via Gate 7 (Leonard Crescent).  You have a short period of time to drop gear eg crates, chair etc off before moving your vehicle to the parking area.  This doesn’t mean 30 minutes, more like 5 minutes to drop your gear and move your vehicle.  Remember that every other exhibitor is trying to do the same thing you are.

Q: Is there someone directing traffic in the parking area at Gate 7?
There are at least 2 RASV attendants who provide instructions to drivers to reduce congestion.  Be polite because they know what they are doing and will get you unloaded as quickly as possible!
(Full details about arrival and parking are printed in the RASV Schedule supplement with the May Vicdog gazette) and also available on the RASV website:
http://www.rasv.com.au/Events/RMS_Home/RMS_Dogs_Home/RMS_Dogs_Competition-Information/RMS_Dogs_Exhibitor-Information/RMS_Dogs_Arrivals-Departures/

Q: How much does Flemington Racecourse parking cost?

A: The cost of parking at Flemington Racecourse depends on whether you are an RASV member or not. General public admission parking charges are approximately $20.  RASV members receive discounted parking.

Q: How much does private house parking cost?
A: This varies, but is usually about $5-15 more than Flemington Racecourse. Some houses allow for trailers, others don’t.

Q: How do I get back into the showground after I have parked?
A: Depending on where you have parked, entry will either be via Gate 7, or via the general entry leading from the Flemington Racecourse.  You will need to swipe/show your entry ticket to gain entry.

Q: Where do I park at the Flemington Racecourse?
A: Entry is via the main entrance to Flemington Racecourse on Epsom Road.  You will pay your parking entry fee (make sure you show them your RASV membership if seeking discounted parking). Then you will be guided by parking officials where to park.  Please follow their advice!  They know the best parking areas for trailers etc.

Q: How far is it from the Racecourse carpark back up into the show grounds?
A: The distance is about 800 metres, may be less, depending on where you park. As most will be arriving early, the Parking attendants put the exhibitor cars up near the entrance.

Q: What time is a good time to get there to park?
A: This depends on whether you are wanting to drop gear off at the Gate 7 first, or whether you will bring your gear with you when you bring your dogs up.  If you are going to bring a fold up chair, backpack with brushes and dog bed and your dog, then you might find that simply being at the car park between 7-7.30am gets you a good car park spot and plenty of time to walk the dogs and meander up to the showground.  Your benches are allocated, so it doesn’t matter then what time you actually bench, as long as you have done so and checked in before checkin closes to get your “ring pass” stamp on the exhibit numbers.

Q: How do I get to the Melbourne Showgrounds?

A: This depends on the direction you are coming from.
Alternative Routes to Melbourne Showgrounds
From the west - Take Ballarat Rd or the Princes Hwy to Smithfield Rd and the Flemington Racecourse car park
From the east - Take Brunswick Rd to Epsom Rd and the Flemington Racecourse car park
From the north - Take Brunswick Rd to Epsom Rd and the Flemington Racecourse car park
From south - Take Footscray Rd, Whitehall St, Moore St to Smithfield Rd and the Flemington Racecourse car park
From the city - Take Dynon Rd, Moore St to Smithfield Rd and the Flemington Racecourse car park
Or if coming from the South East: City link via the Bolte Bridge, get off at Racecourse Road and take Racecourse Road to the Epsom Road.

4. BENCHING
Q: Can I bring dogs with me that are not entered in the show?
A: No, only dogs that are entered in classes on the day will have bench allocations available to them. Other dogs are not supposed to be brought into the showgrounds. Exhibitors can get pass outs to go down to the car park and check/exercise dogs that are not being shown that day.  The RASV is aware that (particularly) interstate exhibitors often have dogs in different groups that may not be showing on the same day.

Q: Can I bench wherever I want to?
A: No. Benching is specifically allocated.  Therefore if you wish to bench beside a friend (eg sharing duties to mind gear/watch dogs) then you need to advise the Dogs Coordinator with your entry that you wish to be benched with “X”.  The Dog Coordinator is quite used to these requests and accommodates as best she can.  (If you enter online there is a specific point on the online form to make this request).

Q: I want to bench next to “X” can I do that?
A: Unless you advise the Dogs Coordinator that you want to be benched next to or near (remember benches only have two sides) specific exhibitors, put the request in when you lodge your entry.  Otherwise, benches are allocated in alphabetical order.

Q: Will all my dogs be benched together?
A: The RASV keep all dogs being exhibited by one exhibitor together.

Q: Can my dogs be left unattended on the benches?
A: Dogs are expected to be attended at all times. Ask your bench neighbor if you are on your own to assist.
From the RASV Schedule:
BENCHING:
Exhibitors are advised to strictly observe the following conditions:-
a) All exhibits must be benched from 9.00am to 5.00pm whilst being exhibited.
b) A dog must not be placed on the bench or in a cage as to be away from the public view. Every dog must be provided with a suitable collar and chain or a lead. No cages may be used for dogs other than those provided or approved by the RASV, and nothing, which will affect the view of the public, may be added to the cages. Not more than one exhibit may occupy any one bench or cage unless allocated by the RASV. Dogs shall be placed where directed by the RASV.
c) Benches are for dogs and dogs in crates only. Exhibitors must not sit on the benches.
d) The position of exhibit numbers on benches or cages must not be altered.

Q: How big are the benches?
Every dog entered gets a separate bench to themselves. The standard size available is 900mm wide and 1000mm deep. (This is about the size of a trailer berth). You will be allocated sufficient benches equal to the number of dogs you enter.

Q: If there is an empty bench beside me can I use it?
A: The RASV tries to ensure where possible there is an empty bench between exhibitors, this allows exhibitors to keep their belongings up off the ground and sometimes, to be able to pull the petition out and make the bench larger. The RASV won't know how many spare benches are available until the close of entries and they know how many dogs are needed to be benched and the layout of the benches. So if there is an empty bench beside you - first in best dressed, but don’t assume there will be an empty bench there!

Q: What should I bring for my dog on the bench?
A: Bring along a comfortable mat which will fit into the bench space.  You will also need to bring along a water bowl and a short restraining lead to clip the dog to while on the bench.  There are “fasten points” on each bench to clip this lead to and all you need to do when removing the dog off the bench is to clip the walking/show lead on first, then unclip the short lead. Obviously your brushes etc to prepare your dog for the ring.

Q: Do I need a crate to bench my dog?
A: No you don’t.  Your dog will be given a space all its own.  Crates if used, these must allow the public to see the dog at all times, not be hidden eg the soft crates don’t display the dog, so should not be used.

Q: Are the benches high off the ground?
A: The bench height is approximately 50 cm from the ground, this is one of the reasons why dogs should not be left unattended on the benches and therefore it is advisable to ensure that the lead used to hold the dog is short enough to deter the dog from trying to jump off the bench.

Q: Can the public touch my dog when it is on the bench?

A: This question can be answered two ways.
•    No, as there is a barrier of about 1 metre space between the public walk through and the actual benches which is “exhibitor only space”. This adds a form of security for your dogs and your possessions. Get to know who is beside you so that you know who should be there and who should not.
•    Yes, the public is allowed to touch your dog if you invite them to do so and you take your dog off the bench and move it over to where the public can reach.

Q: Will my dog be safe on the bench?
A: Are you intending for it to be left alone and unsupervised?  Your dog will be as safe as you choose to make it.  It is a standard requirement by the RASV that dogs are not left unattended. It is unlikely that a person would attempt to steal a dog from the benches.  However common sense suggests that in a busy venue, leaving your dog unattended opens you to scrutiny should anything adverse happen. Eg dog tries to hop off bench by itself and gets caught hanging off the bench.  This is one reason why it is recommended that exhibitors watch out for each other’s dogs and don’t walk off without telling your neighbour that you are leaving.

 Q: Where can l toilet my dog?
New The RASV advises that in 2014 there will be an improved dog toilet area will be increased from 25sqm to 60sqm and will offer a range of toileting surfaces for canine relief. This area is located close to the pavilion. You will need to provide your own poo bags.
 


5. SECURITY OF POSSESSIONS
Q: Will my trailer and car be safe in the Flemington Racecourse carpark?
A: There are parking attendants who roam around the parking area, however as with any show location, security of your vehicle and trailer are up to you.  It’s probably actually safer than at KCC Park.  While it’s been suggested that you should padlock your trailer onto the car, this probably isn’t necessary, BUT making sure that the tack box and your car are locked and nothing of value is in view or left in an open berth (if you don’t have locks on your berth doors and tack box) is a sensible approach to security that common sense suggests that you would do at any other showground location.

Q: Will my personal gear be safe?
A: At the benches there is a barrier of about 1 metre space between the public walk through and the actual benches which is “exhibitor only space”. This adds a form of security for your dogs and your possessions.  Get to know who is beside you so that you know who should be there and who should not. Common sense suggests that leaving handbags and expensive items like phones, ipads etc unattended and exposed to strangers is asking for trouble (and this is no different to any show).  Keeping valuable items hidden and out of sight if left at benches is the sensible thing to do. If you trust your dog, put handbags behind the dog!  It is recommended that you keep valuables to a minimum and try to keep wallets etc on your person, or a designated person “guarding” valuables while you are in the ring. Exactly the same as you would at any other show or event.

Q: If people want to pat my dog but I don’t want them to what do I do?
A: If you don’t want people to touch your dog, that’s fine.  There are signs all around the dog pavilion that say “look but don’t touch without the exhibitor’s approval”.  Say something like “he hasn’t been in the ring yet so I want to keep him quiet, but I’m happy to answer any questions about my lovely dog”, or “there are dogs out on the promotions stand outside that you are able to pat, we are just on the way to the ring or toilet (whatever seems appropriate for the moment)”.  The general public understand words like “hasn’t been in the ring yet” or “not until after he has been in the ring”, “he’s just needing to go to the toilet” etc as they get those phrases right through the dog pavilion.

6. Talking to the Public about the GSD

Q: What do I do when people keep asking me questions about my dog?
A: If you don't feel comfortable answering the questions, politely refer them to the Promotions stand which will be outside near the ring. There will be GSDCV members present there who will take on the role of answering all the general public questions. GSDCV flyers will be available for you to have at your benches to refer general public enquiries to the promotions stand and also to the GSDCV web page for more information. Its also intended that there will be an MC on a microphone talking about what is happening in the judging ring.

Q: Can I advertise that I have a litter of puppies available or planned?
A: The RASV has very strict rules that breeders may not advertise puppies for sale. So no signs! However, there is nothing to stop you handing out business cards to prospective puppy buyers if you have "got a good vibe" about a general public person and think they might be a possible appropriate home for one of your puppies in the future.

 

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