Thou shall watch, applaud and cheer all Junior Showmanship classes. They are the future of our breed and our club.
Thou shall remind those who appear stressed to breathe.
Thou shall keep your grooming area clean.
Thou shall keep your dog by your side and under control at all times.
(Picture used with permission)
Thou shall pick up after your dog at all times.
Thou shall know and follow any Show Committee rules or requests. Thou shall particularly pay attention to whether or not flexi-leads are allowed at the show site. If allowed, thou shall know how to properly use a flexi-lead, and shall only do so in a space appropriate location.
Thou shall bid as much money as possible at the auctions supporting the club, rescue, and the Health Challenge.
Thou shall applaud every winner (individual classes, Winners, Best in whatever, High in whatever, etc.).
Thou shall applaud for every entrant in the Veterans classes.
In any class where a cut is made, thou shall applaud as the excused dogs leave the ring.
Thou shall watch obedience and other performance events.
Thou shall stay, watch and applaud for classes held after Best of Breed is named.
Thou shall congratulate all winners.
If thou cannot say something nice, thou shall not say anything at all. This applies to any dog or any person for the duration of the show.
Thou shall welcome all newcomers to your breed. You never know who will later be a puppy buyer, mentor, best friend or judge.
Thou shall strike up a friendly conversation with the pet owner who drops by with their overweight, ungroomed Pug. This shall also apply to owners of ILP'ed dogs who look nothing like a Pug.
Thou shall thank the Committee Members and event workers who are hosting and working at the current year's Specialty. Thou shall also help the show committee when asked or when an opportunity presents itself.
Thou shall be courteous to your fellow exhibitors at all times.
Thou shall enjoy the fact that you are with the breed you love - and are going home with the best dog there - - - your own.
(reprinted with thanks to the Canaan Dog Club of America)