Please note that the welfare and health of dogs is always a priority at dog shows, and the exhibitor is responsible for the welfare of his or her dog.
A dog’s health and welfare must not be compromised.
For instance, a dog may never be left in a car in hot or cold weather or left in a small crate or
transportation box for a long period of time. A dog may not be treated roughly in any situation.
Attempting to influence a dog’s performance by using any chemical substances, drugs or treatments is forbidden. For instance, dyeing a dog’s fur, skin and nose as well as treating the fur with chemical substances that affect the quality of hair or the shape of the fur is prohibited. An exhibitor committing a violation of these rules will be excluded from the show.
A dog owner must also ensure that the dog’s behaviour at the show does not constitute a danger to other dogs or people. If a dog’s aggressive behaviour is reported to the show committee, the dog in question may be excluded from the show.
In the show ring, a dog must be handled in a way that does not make it feel uncomfortable. The dog may not be pulled or lifted with the leash. If a dog is judged on a table, it must be lifted on and off the table by supporting its whole body, not by lifting it by holding its neck and tail, and by ensuring that the dog does not fall off the table.