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Kenya kid dog lovers have a chance to learn about dog handling and participate in the sport at the East African Kennel Club (EAKC) Dog Championship Show.
Dog handling refers to training dogs and working with them under special conditions such as at shows. The EAKC Championship will see children learn how to do this which “basically happens as a class at Dog shows normally at lunch time,” said EAKC Executive Officer Sue Taylor.
The children bring their own dogs or borrow an easily handled dog from someone else. “They are judged on handling their dogs as if it was in a show class. This includes making it behave and stand for the judge to look at it,” said Sue.
Targeting children between the ages of 6 and 16, the kids can improve their showmanship a month before the dog show at show training classes held for everybody every Wednesday morning.
The junior handlers are divided into two age groups, 6-12 years and 12-13 years. From the two age groups, one child is chosen to become the best junior handler in the show then they can earn points over shows throughout the year. The child with the most points becomes the best junior handler of the year.
A sport in its own right, dog handling takes place in Kenya normally at dog shows and has the potential to develop children into professional handlers. “A lot of these children that were junior handlers have gone on to have their own dogs, show their own dogs and show dogs for other people as well,” said Sue.
Apart from sports, dog handling can also see one enter careers in the armed forces as a dog trainer or even security firms.
To enter a show will cost Sh100 per person and everybody wins a prize wether you come in first place or not.