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Looking for something different and fun to do? Try heading to a local kennel club dog show to take in the action! It’s impressive to see the dogs strut their stuff in person and it can also be educational. If you’re attending your first kennel club dog show, we have the dog show tips you need to have a good time and look like a dog spectator pro.

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If you’re attending your first kennel club dog show, we have the dog show tips you need to have a good time and look like a dog spectator pro.

You Can Attend a Kennel Club Dog Show

The public is invited to attend dog shows, usually with free admission. Chairs are set up in advance for spectators. Check the information on the kennel club dog show website before you go to see if admission is free or if it lists dog show ticket prices.

Don’t Touch the Dogs

We know you’re a dog lover or you wouldn’t be attending a kennel club dog show. You must resist the urge, however, to get down on your hands and knees and scratch a dog behind the ears and expect those affectionate tongue kisses in return. This is not a dog petting zoo. These dogs have been perfectly groomed for their big day and must stay picture perfect until after the dog show.

Visit the Vendors

One of the perks of attending a dog show is walking through breed-specific vendor booths, where you can find and purchase everything you need for a variety of pooches. If you’re a dog lover, it’s nearly impossible to leave empty-handed with some new dog gear.

Dog Show Vendor Tip: Hit the ATM machine before you arrive.  Most vendors selling dog gear only deal in cold hard cash.

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The Roberts Centre’s Royal Canin Ring is the perfect venue to see a kennel club dog show.

Use Volunteers

If you have any questions, look for kennel club dog show volunteers or venue employees that are there to assist you and answer your questions. Leave the dog handlers alone because they are preparing mentally and physically for Fido’s blue ribbon day.

Check the Schedule

Dog show schedules are usually crafted and updated last minute because changes are made depending upon issues that arise the day of the event or with the attendance of dogs and their owners. Be sure to check the schedule first thing in the morning for a dog show on their web site if you want to know exactly how the show is going to play out and when the breeds you want to see will be on stage.

Prepare For Outdoor Attire

Dogs can have fun at dog shows outside too. Contrary to popular belief, not all aspects of a dog show are performed inside. Be prepared with your attire to head outside for certain event.

Watch the Hunting Events

Do you like a good competition? If you’re looking to see some fast-paced action, you’ll want to be ready to head outside to watch the hunting dogs perform hunting competitions. Check dog show websites ahead of time for these events and plan to head outside to see them because they are exciting to watch.

Leave Your Dog at Home

Most dog shows have a strict no dogs allowed policy for non-entered dogs. Your lovable and friendly pooch can create unintended havoc. Don’t be the owner of the dog that gets the event dog out of his pre-competition zone.

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The Roberts Centre’s event planning and service-oriented staff can help you with your dog show and event planning needs.

Become Familiar With Dog Show Venues

Your final step as a dog show attendee is knowing your surroundings. Each dog show venue space is different and offers its own perks for both attendees and dogs and their owners. Check the dog show web site for a list of events and dog show information location spots to familiarize yourself with the venue.

The Roberts Centre’s Royal Canin Ring is the perfect dog show venue. The Roberts Centre offers more than 80,000 square feet of flexible space that can accommodate dogs, dog handlers and all the services needed to accommodate a dog show. The facility offers the following amenities for dog shows:

  • Hot water dog bathing facilities
  • An extra-large and convenient unloading/loading dock
  • Agility and obedience equipment
  • Ring gating
  • Examination tables
  • Ample parking for vehicles and RVs
  • A dressed photo area with floral and backdrop
  • Handler/exhibitor dressing rooms

Whether it’s a dog show or a business event, The Roberts Centre’s event planning and service-oriented staff can help you with your dog show and event planning needs. Contact us at (937) 283-3272 to schedule your special events today!

About Roberts Centre

Roberts Centre is home to the region's largest convention center, a luxurious Holiday Inn hotel, and Max & Erma's Restaurant. The flexibility of our space, combined with our location between three major cities in Ohio, makes us the perfect venue for weddings, banquets, meetings, pet shows, and other special events.

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