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Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General

The Kennel Club has opened its new offices in Aylesbury, having moved a matter of yards away from its previous home in the Alton House Office Park in Gatehouse Way.

The Kennel Club moved its core operational activities to Aylesbury from its headquarters in London in the summer of 1999, namely the registration, Petlog and call centre services. In the original move, five members of the London team relocated to Aylesbury, while other members of staff were recruited locally. Alton House was originally obtained on a ten-year lease which was then renewed in 2009.

The new Aylesbury address is known as Kennel Club House and its purchase was made possible through the £12m payment that the Kennel Club received when it struck a deal with British Land in 2013 to move its London headquarters further up Clarges Street in Mayfair. The money also enabled the Kennel Club to purchase its recently-opened Emblehope and Burngrange Estate in Northumberland which it aims to develop as a centre of excellence for working dogs.

The Aylesbury office handles high volume activities on behalf of the Club, with the monthly average equating to 48,000 telephone calls, 20,000 puppy registrations, 14,000 transfer applications and 70,000 microchip recordings.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “It is strange to think that the Kennel Club has had premises in Aylesbury for 18 years as, for some of us, it seems like only yesterday that the original building in Alton House Office Park was opened. We are very pleased that the move into the new Kennel Club offices went very smoothly – in fact there was no down time to any single service during the transitioning of both service and staff to the new building.”

The new address for the Kennel Club offices in Aylesbury is Kennel Club House, Gatehouse Way, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP19 8DB. The telephone number remains the same – 01296 318540.

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2018 Midlands Inter Regionals Team Application

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - Posted by Lou Jackson, in Crufts

Crufts 2018 Inter-Regional Obedience Competition

Midland Team

If you live in the following counties: Debyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Rutland, Salop, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands or Worcestershire then you are eligible to apply to be considered for The Midland Team.

The qualification date for class eligibility is 31st October 2017.

The team will consist of 1 Beginner, 2 Novice, 2 Class A, 1 Class B, 1 Class C and a Beginner reserve.

A maximum of 2 Border Collies or Working Sheepdogs, 3 Crossbreeds (one of which must not be of border collie or W/S type) and 3 of any other specific breed.

Obedience Champions are NOT eligible and competitors qualified for 2018 Championships are NOT eligible.

A try out day is arranged at Markfield Canine Center, Leicester on November 25th (Sat.)

Please fill in an application form and send to me, Lou Jackson, Comox, Harrisons Lane, Gailey, Stafford. ST19 5PS. before 12th November 2017.

Forms from myself or downloadable here or from our Facebook page. We will also have forms available at West Bromwich shows.

Don't be shy, give it a go, what have you got to lose!

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in Obedience Liaison Council

The next meeting of the Kennel Club Obedience Liaison Council will be held at the Kennel Club in London on Thursday 11th January 2018. Proposals for inclusion on the agenda should reach the Obedience Liaison Council Secretary by 13th October 2017.

Each eligible society or an individual may submit items for the agenda, through a council representative. Proposals must be concise, and if an amendment or an additional regulation is proposed, the regulation number must be given. All submissions must be signed by the society/individual and the representative.

All items for inclusion on the agenda should be sent to Working Dog Activities Team, The Kennel Club, Clarges Street, London W1J 8AB or by email to obedience@thekennelclub.org.uk.

A full list of Obedience Liaison Council representatives can be found at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/obedience/obedience-liaison-council.

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2018 Wales Inter-Regional Obedience Competition

Monday, September 11, 2017 - Posted by Jen Jessop, in Crufts

Application forms are now available to download from obedienceuk website under ‘news’.  All the information can be found on them.


Please support as no-one is pre-selected. 


Application forms will also be available directly from me 01633 411449 or from Alison O'Connor (West Wales) Tel. 01834 891510 and Pat Werner (North Wales) Tel. 01824 780455


Jen Jessop (Team Manager)


Remember, we are now working the G regulations.



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Northern Inter-Regional Team Applications

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - Posted by Emma Lavender, in Crufts







Friday 9th March 2018


Team to consist of:


1 Beginner, 2 Novice, 2 A, 1 B and 1 C  (Plus Beginner Reserve)


2 Border Collies or Working Sheepdogs

3 Crossbreeds (1 of which may not be of Collie type)

and up to 3 of any single breed only permitted








Emma Lavender – emmalavender30@yahoo.co.uk

Alison Gresty – agresty@hotmail.co.uk

Karen Davies – karendno3@gmail.com






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Thursday, September 7, 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in YKC

The Young Kennel Club (YKC) is inviting the talented artists amongst its members to design the front cover for the YKC Crufts catalogue as part of its Artist of the Year competition.

YKC members are being encouraged to get creative and submit their design within the theme ‘head and shoulders above the rest – a dog portrait’. This theme means that the dog/dogs should be the main subject in the design, with either just the head or the entire body of the dog standing, lying or sitting down. The design must be done in A4 portrait, and wording/titles are not needed.

The YKC Crufts catalogue showcases all members who are competing in the YKC ring at Crufts 2018, and will be available at the show. Alongside having their artwork featured on the cover of the catalogue, the overall winner will receive £75, art supplies and a year’s free YKC membership. 2nd place is £50 and art supplies and 3rd place is £30 plus art supplies. The winner will also have their artwork displayed at the YKC stand at the show, which will be seen by thousands of people.

YKC Chairman, Gerald King, said: “We are very excited to be able to offer members the chance to design the front cover of our YKC Crufts catalogue once again. It was very successful last year, with many talented members entering for their chance to showcase their creativity outside the ring. The theme this year should bring out some amazing artistic skills, as well as a clear passion for dogs, so we are really looking forward to seeing the variety within the entries. Good luck to everyone who enters.”

This year’s judging panel will be looking for a striking cover design that is well executed, has an imaginative concept and clearly places the cover within the brief. They will also be making sure the artwork is suitable to be used as a cover for a booklet.

Last year’s YKC Artist of the Year overall and 17-24 category winner was 20 year-old Samantha Webster from Northfield, Birmingham, who won the judges over with her interpretation of the YKC, Crufts and her love of dogs.

YKC members have until Friday 24th November to submit their artwork. Entries need to be A4 in size and a range of materials, including drawing (e.g. pencil, pen) painting and printmaking. The competition is open to all members aged 6-24 years.

Entrants should send their artwork to Young Kennel Club, The Kennel Club, Clarges Street, London, W1J 8AB. All artwork must include a full name, address and age, telephone number and email address on the back. You must also describe why you chose your design. You do not need to add titles or wording to your design. All artwork will be returned after Crufts 2018.

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Scotland - Inter Regional Team Applications

Monday, September 4, 2017 - Posted by Carole Patrick, in Crufts

Crufts 2018

Inter-Regional Obedience Team Competition

To be held on Friday 9th March 2018

“Under Kennel Club ‘G’ Regulations”



We are looking for handlers and dogs of all breeds who work Beginners, Novice, Test A, Test B & Test C to complete an application form and come along to the Try-Out/Selection Day.


The team will consist of “one Beginner Dog”, “two Novice Dogs”, “two Test ‘A’ Dogs”, “one Test ‘B’ Dog”, “one Test ‘C’ Dog” and “one Beginner Dog – Reserve”.


The restrictions on the breeds allowed in each team are as follows:

-       Two Border Collies or Working Sheepdogs

-       Three Crossbreeds (one of which must not be a Collie/Working Sheepdog type)

-       Three of any other single breed.

-       Obedience Champions cannot compete.

-       Competitors in the Crufts Obedience Championships 2018 cannot compete.


If you would like to be considered for the SCOTTISH TEAM,

PLEASE complete an application form and either ...

-       return it to me, Ellen Herries or Anne Marie Parker at shows

-       email it to me at cpatrick1984@outlook.com

-       or post it to my home address, 10 Glencaple Ave, Dumfries, DG1 4SJ


Please can you let me have your completed forms before the Try Out/Selection Day, (preferably by Friday 11th November 2017).


The date for calculating your eligibility is the last day of October 2017


We are holding our “Try Out/Selection Day” on Sunday 19th November 2017 at

Rio DTC’s Training Hall, Rio Community Centre, St Mary’s lane, Newport-on-Tay, DD6 8AH 09:30 for 10:00



If you are selected to be a member of the SCOTTISH TEAM that will compete at CRUFTS 2018, you will be expected to attend two Team Training Days, one in January 2018 and one in February 2018.


If any Club or individual would like to sponsor a “Team Training Day” then please contact me as soon as possible so that we can make the necessary arrangements.


Many Thanks

Carole Patrick

See Application Forms for download below:



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NOCF 2017 is approaching

Monday, September 4, 2017 - Posted by Fran Bush, in Class Finals

NOCF post – Aug We now have just over 3 months to go until NOCF 2017!

We are hatching big plans for possible expansion of NOCF for 2018 and into the future, but it is dependent on the support you all show for the 2017 event, if you want this event to stay and grow then you need to support it either by entering, helping or attending to support those competing.  This is YOUR event and without your support, it cannot grow and continue, those who have competed or attended will tell you what a fabulous event it is, an amazing experience not to be missed.

There have been plenty of “Doom and Gloom” social media posts online about obedience so please lets get behind this and then we can build it into THE Premier Obedience event of the year,

If you have one of the NOCF t shirts, then wear it to shows, tell all your friends and training buddies about the event, share the information at your clubs, training groups and on training courses, promote the event on training courses.

If you are a trainer in any capacity, then please encourage your students to qualify, tell them all about it.


Please watch our facebook page and websites – we will be announcing the judges for 2017 very soon!!!

Just a reminder of the qualifying criteria for 2017:

You need to qualify to take part in this glittering end of year event, celebrating obedience with classes for pre beginners up to C, this is your chance to don your glad rags and show off your fabulous dogs to compete for this years class crowns - you could be the 2017 class Champion!!!

You get points for places from 1st - 6th at all open and champs shows within this years qualifying period, which is 4 October 2016 – 2 October 2017.

All Qualifying Points for entry must have been earned by the dog (PB and Beg refers).
Points will be allocated as follows:

1st 10 points,  2nd 8 points,  3rd 6 points,  4th 4 points,  5th 2 points,  6th 1 point

Points can be used to qualify for the class in which they are attained only – for example, points gained for places in class ‘A’ may only be accumulated to qualify for the ‘A’ Class at the National Obedience Class Finals and may not be transferred to another class, even if the dog is currently eligible to compete at the Novice level.
Qualifying points needed for each class are as follows:

Pre Beginner 10 points
Beginner 15 points
Novice/Class ‘A’/Class ‘B’ 20 points
Class ‘C’ 15 points

A dog can be entered in 1 class only, but handlers may enter more than 1 dog, as long as each dog is suitably qualified for the class in which it is entered.

In the event that a dog accumulates sufficient points in 2 or more classes during the qualifying period, the dog should be entered in the HIGHEST class for which it is qualified.

Remember that this year there will only be 1 part of novice class, so numbers will be limited and entries are on a first come first served basis.

Once a class is full it will close and numbers will be capped as follows;   Pre-beginners/beginners/novice/class A -60;  Class B & class C – 45

Full details can be found on our website www.nocf.co.uk

 (Apologies to Fran for not posting this earlier ..... Les)

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Thursday, August 31, 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in Obedience Liaison Council

The minutes of the Kennel Club Liaison Council Obedience Council meeting, held on 20 July 2017, have been released and can be found on the Kennel Club website at the following link:

20th July 2017-Minutes
20th July 2017 - Agenda
Annex A - Standardised Stay Marking Sheet
Annex B - Report from Attendance at AHWSG
Annex C - AJWP report to OLC May 2017
Annex D -  5 Year Strategy - Obedience Council
Annex E - Crufts Information Stand 2017 report
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South East & East Anglia Inter Regional Team Applications

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - Posted by Wendy Birch

South East & East Anglia Team

Inter-Regional Obedience Competition
Friday 9 March 2018 at Crufts

We are looking for handlers and dogs of all breeds to come along to the try-outs in: Beginners, Novice, Test A, B & C. 
There will be 2 try-out venues in the area.
The Inter Regional’s reverted to the standard G Regs for all tests from 2017.

For more info or to log your interest contact:

Dedicated FB page - South East & East Anglia Inter Regional Supporters Group

Wendy Birch - Team Manager Tel: (eves) 01442 396498
Mobile: 07811911741 Email: wendyandian@ntlworld.com

Sarah Delany – Asst. Team Manager Tel: 07919174766
Email: sarahrosedelany@virginmedia.com

Enid Diplock – Asst. Team Manager Tel: 07789097134
Email: enid.diplock1@homecall.co.uk




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