What time does the Dog Show start?

·       the show starts at 11am.

What time does the show finish?

·       if all runs to plan the show should finish at about 4:15pm.

How do I know what time the various classes are?

·       the full schedule of class times will be published on our website by 1st September.

·       on the day the full timetable is published in the programme and any additional information can be found at the Registration Desk.

How do I know which ring is which?

·       all the rings are numbered, you will see a big flag in the centre of each ring with the number on it.

·       the programme, available on the day, contains a detailed diagram of the showground in the centrefold.

How do I enter my dog into a class?

·       please go to the Registration Desk and complete the form supplied, you will be given a number which should be displayed clearly on the handler to ensure the judges can record accurate information.

How much does it cost to enter a dog into a class?

·       £4 per dog per class

What type of 'talent' does my dog need to display to enter 'My Dog's Got Talent'?

·       can your dog play leap frog, ride a scooter, dance the tango - if your dog can do anything original, hilarious or seriously clever we'd like to see it in action!

What types of refreshments are available at the show?

·       every year we invite a variety of catering vendors to sell things ranging from: burgers, hot dogs, salads, pasta, coffee, cakes, pizzas, cocktails, churros, Italian ice-creams - for more information on who is attending please visit Twitter or Facebook for regular updates.

·       we also run a bar serving real ale, beer, cider, wine and soft drinks.

Do you have to have a dog to attend the show?

·       NO - everyone is welcome with or without dogs!

What does being a volunteer involve and can anyone volunteer to help on the day?

·       each volunteer gives 2 hours of their time on the day and they will be notified of their time slot in advance and told what activity they will be helping with.

·       yes anyone can volunteer to help although experience has taught us that children under the age of 8 may be a little too young.

How much is the entrance fee to the show?

·       zero, zilch, nada ..... IT'S FREE - there is no entrance fee!

How do I find out about Chiswick House & Gardens?

·       you can either visit the Trust's website www.chiswickhouseandgardens.org.uk or on the day they will have a stall at the show so please feel free to go along and have a chat with them.

Are there any rules dog owners should be aware of during the show?

·       YES - all dogs must be kept on leads throughout the day, there are also free poo bags available so please ensure you clear up after your dog.

·       for general information about walking your dog in this beautiful garden please see the Code of Conduct page on this website, under 'Dog Friendly W4'.

How does the Egg & Spoon Relay Race work?

·       in order to the enter the Egg & Spoon Relay Race you must have 2 adults, 2 children and a dog to form a team.

·       each team of 5 then participates in a relay race, with 2 humans from each team at either end of the track - each human then runs the length of the track with the egg & spoon in one hand and their dog on lead in the other, passing the egg & spoon plus dog over to the next participant in their team.

·       the winning team from each heat then go on to compete in the final.

Who gets a prize?

·       all dogs that come 1st, 2nd or 3rd in most classes win a prize. Exceptions are:

·       Next Top Model – this class is split into two categories: (a) dogs weighing under 20Kg and (b) those weighing over 20Kg. 1st and 2nd rosettes and prizes are given in both categories.

·       Egg & Spoon Relay Race - the winning team wins the prize(s).

Who participates in the 'Best in Show' class?

·       the winning dog from each class automatically has a place in the 'Best in Show' class.

What should I do in the case of a medical emergency?

·       we have first aiders, qualified paramedics and an ambulance on site so please notify an organiser (they will be wearing the hi-viz jackets) or go to the cricket pavilion immediately.  There is also a qualified vet on duty.

If I lose someone at the show what should I do?

·       please go to the Information Desk initially and they will notify the cricket pavilion, announcements will be made over the PA system and every assistance will be given.

·       please tell children to go to the Information Desk or ask for help from anyone wearing a hi-viz jacket if they are lost.

Are there loos on site?

·       yes lots, all the loos are situated to the side of the cricket pavilion, just before the path to the Staveley Road entrance to the park.

Where should I put empty bottles and/or litter?

·       we hire lots of recycling bins for bottles, paper and plastic which are situated along the outside perimeter of the cricket pavilion.

·       there are also bins placed at various points all around the cricket pitch.

·       please help us to keep the ground clean and tidy on the day - if you notice any bins are full please inform an organiser.

Will my dog get a rosette?

·       YES - dogs that come 1st, 2nd or 3rd get a placed rosettes but every single dog that enters a class will get a 'well done' rosette EXCEPT for those entered in the Egg & Spoon Relay Race and in the Next Top Model classes (see above).

Is there a car park on site?

·       Chiswick House has a public car park, entrance via A4, which is a pay and display car park, please follow the signs to the cricket pitch from the car park entrance.

·       there is very limited parking in the adjacent streets so we do encourage people to use public transport.

Is there any disabled parking?

·       we can make arrangement for up to two disabled car parking spaces near the Staveley Road entrance to the park but these must be booked in advance, please contact topdog@chiswickhousedogshow.org.uk to enquire about availability.