The South of England Papillon Club encourages Juniors to participate in all events.


Sophie Langdon is the club's Junior representative and regularly contributes articles including hints and tips for the club's newsletter.


Sophie's Junior News round

1st article

Over the next few newsletters I will be outlining some of the most common patterns used in handling. These are:

The Triangle, Circle, the letter “L” & letter “T”

All of these may be done in reverse. Patterns such as figure 8s are rarely used except in a very close run off between competitors.

Today I am going to talk about the straight up and down ring pattern.

The straight up and down is the most common pattern used in both breed and handling. It is used in handling to show that you can move the dog in the judge's line of vision both towards and away from the judge. The judge is often likely to change position as you turn at the end of this pattern; therefore you must always look and see where the judge is. If the judge has changed sides then you must do an inward turn where both the dog and the handler turn in towards each other. Without stopping you carry on back to where the judge was originally standing, as you get to where the judge was originally standing you then swap the dog back onto your left hand side and move in a diagonal line towards the judge where you then present the dog in its correct stand. You must make sure at all times that you as the handler do not come between the dog and the judge, if you do you will be heavily penalised. On your final “present” to the judge make sure that you have the dog standing directly in front of the judge close enough but not too far away so that the judge does not have to move backwards or to either side to see the dog.

To do a reverse straight up and down simply do exactly the same as a normal straight up and down however you must start off with the dog in your right hand and as you present to the judge you correct yourself and the dog back into the normal position.

Remember the most important rule in handling is never get between the dog and the judge.

Next time we will look at how to do the Triangle.

2nd article

Continuing on from my last handling article, this time we shall look at how to execute a correct triangle. The aim of the triangle is to show the judge the front, side and rear movement of the dog and is commonly used in both breed and handling classes. If the triangle is done correctly then the judge should not have to change position in order to view these movements. The most important thing to remember with the triangle is to keep all lines straight within the judge's field of vision. The starting point of the triangle is with the dog placed directly in front of the judge about two paces away. Look forwards, pick a point in the corner of the ring to aim for and follow this line at the correct pace for your dog. As you reach the corner you should already have picked a line directly across from you to the opposite corner and horizontal to the judge. Keeping the corner sharp but fluent go to the end of the line to get to the next corner and do the same thing again. This time you need to check that the judge has not moved. If the judge is still in the same position keep the dog on the left hand side and aim the dog directly towards the judge keeping a straight line. If the judge has moved then change the dog onto your other side if need be to avoid coming between the judge and the dog. When you get three paces away from the judge you then present the dog to the judge in the correct way and you have completed your triangle. The judge may then ask you to move again in a straight line up and down (like we described in the summer news sheet), again perform this as cleanly as possible and again present the dog for the judge in the same manner as before. Good luck with your showing.

3rd article

Dress Code for Junior Handlers:

In this issue's article instead of looking at handling patterns, we will look at Dress Code.

The way that you dress gives an impression to the judge and this impression is just as important as your handling. Always try to look smart, clean and confident. The following are useful things to remember:

  • Dress appropriately to the weather conditions. When handling in wet weather always ensure that you have a well-fitted waterproof and in cold weather ensure that you are sufficiently warm by wearing layers.
  • Allow your movement to be free.
  • Your dress should not distract the judge and should compliment your dog.
  • Be aware of the effect of different colours against your dog's coat. For example a very white suit can make even the cleanest white dog look dirty.

Suitable clothing for boys would be shirt, tie, suit and non-skid shoes.

For girls the following would be suitable: Blouse or shirt, trouser suit, skirt suit in which the skirt is around knee length to allow free movement and quiet, well fitting shoes.

Try to avoid the following:

  • Ribbons, frills or jewellery, which may dangle in the dog's face or distract the judge.
  • Jeans or shorts.
  • High-heeled shoes, sandals and trainers.

Hair should be swept back from the face so as not to cover the eyes. Good luck to all Juniors. I wish you all the best for this handling season.