Red Deer and District Kennel Club Hosts Fall Dog Show – Red Deer Advocate

The Red Deer and District Kennel Club Fall Dog Show is one of the largest indoor dog shows in Canada.

The all-breed championship spectacle included licensed obedience and rally trials at the Agricentre in Westerner Park last weekend.

“We encountered approximately 1,800 dogs over the weekend in our four rings, with all seven groups represented,” said show manager Jo-Ann Hammond.

The seven main dog groups are Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding. Obedience trials test standard commands such as heel, sit, and stay. Hammond describes rallying as “dynamic obedience,” where there is a course that a dog follows.

“It wasn’t our biggest show, but it was a really good show for Thanksgiving weekend,” Hammond said.

The fall show was traditionally held the first weekend in November, but when the Canadian Rodeo Finals began taking place in Red Deer, the RDDKC had to readjust its show to another weekend.

“The Canadian Kennel Club has so many shows, so that was about the only other date we could get,” Hammond said, adding that the Agricentre is the perfect venue for this kind of event.

“We are, right now, on the verge of being the biggest indoor show in Canada – right here in little old Red Deer. It’s because of this place. People like it here. We can shoot from the north and we can shoot from the south. Everyone comes here.

Hammond said the show featured puppies as young as four months old, to veteran dogs – the oldest contestant was 15.

“The dogs in the class are competing for points – it takes 10 points to get your Canadian championship. You can go from there to the big champion and a lot of other things,” she said.

“For obedience and rally, you have to pass your test three times to get your title there.”

The Spring 2022 Dog Show was the first event hosted by the RDDKC since the COVID-19 pandemic. It was exciting to be back for the second event of the year, noted Hammond.

The Canadian Kennel Club recently changed the rules to allow crossbred dogs to compete in the trials – in the past, it was only for purebred dogs.

“Performance is performance. I believe everyone’s dog should have basic house manners and that would be your title of companion dog. Sit, stay, come heel – that’s all they have to do. It’s a lot harder than you think.

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The Red Deer and District Kennel Club held their fall dog show this past weekend at Westerner Park. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Staff Counsel)

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