Junior Handlers

Junior Handlers

Junior Handler competitions are a wonderful opportunity for young members of DOGS NSW to exhibit their purebred dogs in the show ring. The competitions are a lot of fun and a rewarding challenge.

You’ll make new friends, learn all about dogs, and develop confidence and good sportsmanship alongside other up and coming handlers at competitions and weekly activities.

How do I become a Junior Handler?

If you are between 12 and 18 years of age, you can have your own DOGS NSW junior membership. If you are between seven and 11 years old, your parent or guardian must be a DOGS NSW member for you to participate.

When are competitions held?

Heats are held on weekends throughout the whole year. Once each year, Junior Handlers compete in State Finals, and the best in each state then go to the National Finals.

A trip to England to compete in the World Challenge is on offer for the best Junior Handler at the National Finals.

Click here to download the Junior Handler competition manual.

DOGS NSW 2020 Junior Handler State Finals - Saturday 21st November 2020

With a lot of behind the scenes negotiating, a huge thank you to the DOGS NSW Junior Handler Working Party for making this day a reality. Sadly, some states will not have the same opportunity as us and our thoughts are with them during these times of uncertainties.

Thank you to all that attended the Dogs NSW Junior Handler State Finals held at Orchard Hills and to our Judge, Miss Ashley Bennett. The weather was perfect and the atmosphere was amazing with a real buzz in the air. The JHWP would like to thank DOGS NSW PR Committee, Royal Canin, Ingleburn Trophies, AT Ribbons, Dog Show Ringcraft, Yvonne Metzger, Fraser Essentials, The Wolf's Den, Lisa Vassallo, CNG Social Graphics, Baxta The App for Pets, Barbara Killworth, Colourmaster Nursery and Harry’s for opening up his food van.

Our guest speaker Crystal Walker spent some time with both juniors and their parents after the final was completed talking about her experiences and answering questions put before her. Peter Cutler and Jason Tinker we thank you for preparing the BBQ, we heard the food was great. A massive shout out to the owners of all the swap dogs. All these dogs were immaculately presented in the hope that they may be called up, you should be very proud.

The final results are:


1st - Gabrielle Tinker

2nd - Alexis Haynes

3rd - Brock Clarke

Highly Commended - Amelia Burton


1st - Jordan Long

2nd - Catherine Haynes

3rd - Jessica Laws

In no order: Highly Commended - Ava Knight, Chelsea Martiniello, Layla Stephenson


1st - Taylah Rattray

2nd - Kaitlyn Willis

3rd - Tanara Craig

In no order: Highly Commended - Aimee Meagher, Jorja Cummings, Jorja Baxter

2020 - DOGS NSW State Final Champion - Taylah Rattray (pictured below) 


2020 - DOGS NSW State Final Runner Up to the Champion - Kaitlyn Willis (pictured below)


Congratulations to ALL the children that competed on the day. You are all winners and we look forward to seeing you around dogs shows in the coming year and at the State Final in 2021.

Sadly, due to COVID 19, there will not be a National final held in 2020 therefore; there will not be an Australian representative, (as with many countries) at Crufts 2021.

Belinda Beves - Convenor JHWP


When: 7-8.30pm – 3rd Monday of every month (excluding December)
Where: The Bill Spilstead Complex for Canine Affairs, 44 Luddenham Road, Orchard Hills

How much? Training nights are $2 for junior members of DOGS NSW, with dinner included - bring a plate!

Rewards at the end of each training session keep it fun for your dog – they’ll love training even more when they know it’s followed by play time!

Get involved!

For more information about Junior Handlers or to get involved, email info@dogsnsw.org.au or call (02) 9834 3022.


Junior Handler Manual

Application Form / Exam

The Junior Handler Judges Examination will now be completed through an online program.  Once DOGS NSW receives your application and payment an email containing the instructions, website and log in details and will be provided to you.

Junior Handler Judges Application Form
Junior Handler Voluntary Declaration Form

More information

Junior Handler results
Junior Handler Working Party
ANKC Junior Handler Judges List - Updated 16 Nov 2020