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 at the entrance to 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 sited by the hedge near 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about availability.