Home > Overseas Travel > Travelling to Dog Shows

Travelling to Dog Shows

By: Elaine Everest - Updated: 26 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
Vans Cars Shovel Exhibitor Dog Show Show

Every weekend thousands of dogs and their owners are travelling the roads of the UK to exhibit at dog shows. Some owners even travel abroad to compete with their foreign canine enthusiasts.

Little and Large

From dogs as small as Chihuahua’s to Irish Wolfhounds are packed into their owner’s cars for the long journeys that are often achieved in one day, returning late the same night.


An early start is not uncommon for exhibitors who have to be on the show grounds at the start of judging which is normally 10 am. Anyone arriving later than eleven in the morning could be stopped from entering the show area as many dog shows have a strict arrival rule.

Exercise On Route

When travelling at such an early time and covering a long distance it is advisable to stop every hour to let the dog stretch its legs and do its business. The car driver should also take a break as well.

Wet Weather

It is not very often that shows are cancelled so regular travellers will be prepared for every type of weather. Even in the summer months it is not uncommon to have to wear wellington boots to get across a muddy show ground. However muddy the owners get the dogs are kept as clean as possible ready for exhibition. For the heavily coated breeds it is possible to purchase coats and boots for the dogs so that they arrive at the show in pristine condition.

Contents of Cars

For exhibitors wet weather clothing must always be packed along with a towel in case of a deluge. Sun block is another essential as there can be many hours of exposure to the sun during the summer months. Food for the day is another must along with water or cold drinks. Flasks of hot drinks are advisable for the winter months. Food can be expensive at the larger show grounds and taking your own food is always a good idea.A mobile telephone is another essential item when an exhibitor is covering so many miles each week in case of an accident or breakdown. A map book and a shovel (in case of snow) are also essential kit items for the car.

Hot and Cold

Many cars now have air conditioning, which is a godsend in the summer months, keeping both the owner, and dogs cool on the journey. However if your car does not have this facility invest in fans that either run off of the car battery or by a small solar panel. There are times when you will be stuck for hours on end on motorways due to hold ups and need to be able to cool down the car. Bottles of water that have been put into the freezer overnight before a journey are also handy to have for cold drinks during hold ups or to cool down a hot dog. The bottles would have defrosted during the day and just be nicely cool for the journey home. Never give a hot dog freezing cold water to drink, just drench a towel in cool water and lay over the dog’s back to bring his temperature down slowly.

Staying Over

Many exhibitors stay overnight for the larger dog shows. There are so many during the summer months that many people either camp or take a caravan and simply move from one show to another for their summer holidays. If you are only showing one or two dogs staying at a bed and breakfast place that accepts dogs means you can see something of the countryside near the show ground.


Some people fit out a van with cages to enable them to take several dogs to a show. In a van there is also room for the owner to take a nap during breaks in the journey.There are also trailers designed to take dogs and cages and be towed behind the exhibitors cars. In fact if you can afford it most types of vehicles can be adapted for the modern exhibitor.

Be Prepared

Travelling to, and attending dog shows is an enjoyable way to spend your leisure time. With a little planning and foresight the trips will go without any hitches.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion, ask for advice or share your story...

If you'd like to ask a question one of our experts (workload permitting) or a helpful reader hopefully can help you... We also love comments and interesting stories

(never shown)
(never shown)
(never shown)
(never shown)
Enter word:
Latest Comments
  • Isla lawrence
    Re: Pet Courier Scams
    Hi has anyone ever come across john mobley has pup French bulldogs was in liverpool but moved to Belgium
    22 January 2020
  • Zac
    Re: Pet Courier Scams
    Has anybody had dealings with a Samira Morgen regarding English Bull Terrier puppies original post stating location as London but being informed…
    11 January 2020
  • Jasmine Gower
    Re: Pet Courier Scams
    I was approached by a someone today on Facebook saying they had a dalmatian puppies that needed a new home they then went on to give me a sob…
    7 January 2020
  • Loulou
    Re: Pet Courier Scams
    This guy has just tried to con me he is advertising blue SBT for 300. Plus 50 delivery old saying is true IF ITS TO GOOD BE TRUE. Then in this…
    10 October 2019
  • Nikki c
    Re: Pet Courier Scams
    I too replied to ad about 11 week old shih tzu for sale for 200 pound contacted Stuart Benson and was told I needed to pay courier the 250 which…
    19 September 2019
  • Rae
    Re: Pet Courier Scams
    I believe my daughter has likely been talking to the same scammer today via email. Cavachon pups originally for sale in Oxford are suddenly in…
    26 August 2019
  • Champers
    Re: Pet Courier Scams
    I too was nearly scammed by Stuart Benson. He was offering 11 week old Shihtzu puppies for £300 in Portsmouth - when contacted he then said he…
    19 August 2019
  • weemaw21
    Re: Pet Courier Scams
    I was almost scammed by a Stuart Benson who was selling 11week old yorkie pups, advert said he stayed in motherwell and when I asked if I could…
    14 August 2019
  • Chuck
    Re: Pet Courier Scams
    Paid 260 for a pure breed white male Siberian husky pup they are now refusing to give my money back are constantly ignoring phone calls and…
    19 June 2019
  • Paulo
    Re: Pet Courier Scams
    A female supposedly named Claire Queenta on Facebook looking for a ‘forever’ home for 11 week old pup as she has to take her sick aunt abroad…
    17 May 2019