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Thursday, 21 May 2020

International show planned in Norway

Featured Written by Our Dogs - 22/05/20

THE Norwegian Kennel Club (NKK) is planning to hold an international dog show at the end of June.

The International Exhibition dog show in Trondheim on the 27 and 28 June will take place in three different locations for the group competitions and there will be no Best in Show because the groups are being judged in different places.
As it stands right now, events with up 50 people can now take place. OUR DOGS understands that from the 15th of June, the Government will allow up to 200 people. If that is the case, the show will proceed.

They have had to separate out the show in this way in order to meet the government’s infection control rules. There will be no puppy classes, breeding or breeding classes held and there will be no food, drink or merchandise available at the show.
Obedience classes will take place but the agility competition will take place at a different time and place which is yet to be confirmed.
Participants will only be allowed to stay in their assigned zone from a specific attendance time and they will then be asked to leave after their dog has been assessed. They will not be allowed to stay beyond that time.

Any one attending the show must be healthy, have no Covid-19 symptoms, or be required to stay in quarantine by the government. If competitors do not abide by infection control rules they may be expelled from the competition.

On their website the NKK said, ‘The exhibition is held on the condition that the authorities follow a plan for the gradual reopening of society. In the event of changes that require the event to be cancelled, the registration will fee will be refunded in full.’
The NKK plans to hold more events that are adapted to fit with the current infection control measures in the country

There was such a flood of interest from exhibitors in this show that the NKK website went down and they had to increase the resources on their server to cope with the demand.

On Facebook the response to the show taking place was overwhelmingly positive and dog show enthusiasts from neighbouring Sweden were even keen to get involved.

 A plan to hold a socially distanced dog show in Georgia, USA, received a lot of criticism on social media with some people believing it was too soon to hold a show and that it could ruin efforts to control the virus.

OUR DOGS reported recently that the NKK were facing possible bankruptcy due to a number of factors including the closure of shows in 2019 because of a mysterious canine disease that affected dogs in Norway which was followed in 2020 by the lockdown caused by the Coronavirus.

Financial measures introduced by the government did not help them and they called on the authorities to bail them out and a massive fundraising campaign was launched to save the NKK.

It is not clear if this desire to hold shows is related to the financial status of the NKK. 

OUR DOGS has contacted the NKK about this but as we go to press we have not received a reply.

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