New to Juniors?
How to Get Started:
Getting started in Junior Handling is easy!
The best way to get to know dog shows is to attend a Junior Handling competition near you. Check our Event Calendar
for upcoming Junior Handling events in Conformation and Obedience. Some competitions even include complimentary Junior Handling classes! Just remember to leave your dog at home - only dogs entered in the show or trial can come to an event.
You can also use our Club Directory
to find a CKC-recognized club in your area. Our clubs are a great resource to discover all the local dog events or get help finding training classes.
Try it For Yourself:
CKC is pleased to offer "Enter the Ring: Junior Handling 101
," a complete set of step-by-step tutorial videos from one of Canada's top handlers! All you need to start the tutorials is a Junior Handler Number - and your parent's permission of course! Apply
for a free Junior Handler Number to start your Juniors journey today!
When you're ready, it's time to enter your first Junior Handling event! Print and fill out the Junior Handling Entry Form
. Check which class to enter below and make sure to thoroughly review all the event rules
. Submit your form to the show secretry on the day of the event. If you're not able to bring an entry form, you will be able to complete one at the show - be sure to arrive in advance!
If you have any questions or need any help, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-855-364-7252. You can also contact the Junior Kennel Club Council
rep for your area for guidance. You do not need to own a dog to participate
, if you do not have a dog please contact your Junior Kennel Club Council rep for help.
Junior Handling Classes / Divisions
The competitive classes for Conformation and Obedience are based on age and level of experience. In Conformation you will begin in Novice. In Obedience, beginners should register for the Pre-Novice class:
||Pee Wee (non-competitive)
|Junior Obedience Pre-Novice
Junior Obedience Novice
Junior Obedience Open
|Intermediate Obedience Pre-Novice
Intermediate Obedience Novice
Intermediate Obedience Open
|Senior Obedience Pre-Novice
Senior Obedience Novice
Senior Obedience Open
Could You Have a Professional Future in the Dog World?
Have you always wanted to work with dogs when you grow up? Do you want to be a professional handler? A dog trainer? Or maybe even a veterinarian? Participating in CKC Junior Handling will give you the opportunity to learn from the ground up, from lifelong dedicated “dog people.” Even if you don't pursue a dog-related career, you will learn important skills to care for your companion animals and make lifelong friends.