New commentator for the Obedience Championships at Crufts

Our search for a new commentator for the Obedience Championships at Crufts is over. We received many excellent applications which made the selection process really interesting.

After much deliberation I am delighted to announce that the new commentator is Clare Williams. I would like to welcome Clare to the Crufts team in Hall 5 and we look forward to working with her at future events.

I would also like to thank all of the other applicants for their interest in the position.
I am sure that you will all join me in wishing Clare good luck in the role.

Richard Kebble

Would you like to become the Crufts Inter-Regional Obedience Team Manager for Wales?

The Kennel Club is calling for anyone interested in becoming an Obedience Inter-Regional Team Manager to get in touch.

The Inter-regional event has been a popular feature in the Obedience Arena at Crufts for almost 40 years and is a competition between teams from Scotland, Northern Ireland, North, Midlands, Wales, South East and East Anglia, South and South West.

We have a vacancy for a new manager for the Welsh region and are now inviting applications from interested parties who would like to be considered for the position, initially for the period up to and including Crufts 2022 and then renewable on a three yearly cycle.

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The safety and security of competitors, spectators, volunteers and staff at Kennel Club events continues to be of paramount importance. In light of the continued restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kennel Club has taken the decision with regret to extend its strong recommendation that clubs and societies cancel forthcoming events until the end of September and that serious consideration should be given to events due to be held after this date.It is vitally important that those responsible for organising events, large or small, conduct a risk assessment which will include ensuring that the event is Covid secure, i.e being compliant with Government advice and guidance on COVID-19. We will be working on further advice to clubs and societies on the issues which need to be addressed in a risk assessment once the Government publishes further guidance or instruction.This latest recommendation is based on all advice issued by the Government so far which continues to restrict non-essential travel and maintain social distancing. The Kennel Club also recommends that alternative arrangements continue to be put in place regarding other activities such as meetings, seminars and training classes.It is appreciated that clarity is important in order to be able to plan, budget and mitigate costs and therefore we will provide more definitive advice as soon as the position is clearer from the Government.The latest advice on the situation regarding COVID-19 is regularly updated and changes daily and we strongly suggest that clubs and societies keep aware of updates as issued by the Department of Health at Kennel Club’s current cancellation policy and FAQs, in relation to breed shows, can be accessed at and, in relation to all other disciplines, can be accessed at contact the KC office on email to confirm the cancellation or postponement of any licensed events. If your event is cancelled, please also advise whether you require a refund for your licence fee or require the fee to be carried forward for a future event.Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.


Success for dogs, handlers and trainers from Staffordshire, Middlesex, Northamptonshire and West Yorkshire

The winners of the annual Good Citizen Dog Scheme (GCDS) awards were announced at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, on Sunday 8th March.

The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme is the largest dog training programme in the United Kingdom, with over 680,000 dogs and their owners graduating through the scheme’s Bronze award. The GCDS awards were created in recognition of the hard work, efforts and contribution made by dedicated canine clubs and enthusiasts.

Twelve individuals, dogs, clubs and organisations were vying for the top prize across four categories: Best Kennel Club GCDS Listed Status Dog Training Club Award, Best Kennel Club Registered Club Award, Royal Canin Dedicated Person Award and Royal Canin Most Inspiring Dog Award. The nominees were all put forward to a public vote, with the winners announced at the GCDS awards ceremony, which took place at Crufts.


Crufts Dog Activities Displays

Crufts Dog Activities Displays are as follows:


Thursday: 9.45 and 2.15

Friday: 9.30 and 2.30

Saturday: 12.00 and 4.00 (YKC Rally team, competition at 4pm)

Sunday: 11.15 and 2.30

A couple of the team will also be representing Rally in the Main Arena on Sunday at 9.55.


Thursday: 12.30 and 3.45

Friday: 12.45 and 4.00

Saturday: 10.30 and 3.00

Sunday: 12.30 and 4.00

A couple of the team will also be representing Obedience in the Main Arena on Sunday at 9.55.

Also attached is a document detailing photos and writeups for the YKC Rally competitors (competing on Saturday in the Dog Activities ring, Hall 3, at 4pm) and the judge.

Extracts from the Kennel Club Obedience Council’s Agenda for the next meeting due to take place on Thursday 6th February 2020 for your comments

Please find attached an updated paper questionnaire that can be printed off and completed, or completed electronically as a word document and return it to your regional rep or to me at

There is a link on the questionnaire (and below) for anyone who would like to complete a Google questionnaire on line (June Le Fevre will collate the Google responses and feed them back to the area reps)
You can download the complete agenda by using this link:

PLEASE NOTE: If you live in the South East and East Anglia area you should not use this paper questionnaire, but just use the Google questionnaire by following this link:

Also, Bev Smith has designed a questionnaire that will be available on the Midlands Facebook page

Please take some time to feedback your comments on the recommendations, proposals and discussion items so that your reps can represent your views at the Obedience Council meeting on 06.02.20

Many Thanks Carole

KC Announces Obedience Changes from 1st January 2020

The Kennel Club has recently approved the following changes to the regulations for obedience which will come into effect on 1 January 2020.

The below regulation has been amended in order to assist clubs in areas of the country where entries are low, by allowing stewards to compete. It is hoped this would ease the burden on some clubs in trying to find both judges and stewards from a small pool of people.

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The next meeting of the Kennel Club Obedience Liaison Council will be held at the Kennel Club in London on Thursday 6 February 2020. Proposals for inclusion on the agenda should reach the Obedience Liaison Council Secretary by November 8.

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

A full list of Obedience Liaison Council representatives can be found at

South and South West Inter Regional Obedience Team, Crufts 2020

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work your dog on the famous green carpet at Crufts ?? Well here’s your chance why not come along and try out for the team. Do you live in Herefordshire, Somerset, Avon, Wiltshire, Devon, Cornwall, Dorset or Gloucestershire then our Counties need you !!

This year we will be holding two try out:

The first one on the 3rd of November in Cheltenham  at the Shurdington Social Centre, Bishops Road, Shurdington. 

The  2nd on the 10th of November in Weston-super-Mare at Hewish and Puxton Village Hall, Maysgreen Lane,  Hewish.  

The format will feature 1 Beginner dog, 2 Novice dogs, 2 ‘A’, 1 ‘B’ and 1 ‘C’ plus a Beginner reserve. Two Border Collies or Working Sheepdogs only may feature in the team with a maximum of three Crossbreeds, one of which may not be of Collie type and no more than three of any other single breed.

The eligibility date is up 31st of October 2019, so if interested then please download the form and fill it in, and send it to the address on the form the tryout days are also printed on the obedience schedule page with the postcodes any further information please do not hesitate to contact me on my email –

Emma Galbraith