Laleham Dog Training Club  


Dog Training Club


Young Kennel Club


YKC membership is open to all children and young adults and we even have Rufus Club for the much younger enthusiasts out there!  

Membership (6-24 years)

The annual membership fee for the Young Kennel Club is normally £15 but at the show they will receive a year’s membership for just £12, for which they will receive the following:

• Members pack, badge, card and free gift.
• Poster 
• Quarterly magazine – packed with information, member’s articles and competitions.
• ENews four times a year packed with all the latest news and offers.
• Free entry to Crufts and Discover Dogs.
• Information about local dog training clubs.
• Opportunities to try out different dog activities at YKC training days and summer camp.
• Members only YKC ring at Crufts, where they can compete at the highest level.

Rufus Club (newborns up to 6 years of age)

The perfect place to introduce any new additions to your family into the wonderful world of dogs.  The cost of membership at the show is only £5 per year (Usual price £8 per year) and they will receive the following:

• Welcome letter and free gift
• Fetch magazine
• Poster, Stickers and Activity Sheets
• Activity and education pack which will be sent after six months membership to keep them up to date. 

Activities and Events

Whether a complete beginner or a regular competitor , we offer all sorts of activities with dogs for young people to make new friends, learn new skills and most importantly spend time with their dog.  

Training Weekends

With a choice of venues, duration and activities on offer, members can choose exactly how they get involved, at a price that suits them.  Our weekend programmes are designed to make sure that members try the biggest range of activities that they can fit in! Training is available in Handling, Obedience, Agility, Flyball and Heelwork to Music (programmes and multi activity choices may vary by venue). 

Summer Camp

Summer Camp is an important event in the development of young people.  Not only is it run by senior YKC members as part of their training and education, it enables younger members to try out all our activities and for everyone to work as a team. Exclusively for children aged from 8 to 15 years olds, the programme is packed with a range of activities and evening entertainment that will keep youngsters busy from morning till night, all at an affordable cost.  A typical day at the camp includes four one hour training sessions with your dog, a selection of team time activities with some days to include a workshop or masterclass. Evening activities include games nights, discos, talent shows and many outdoor events.  Parents, trainers and members return year after year for the summer holiday of a lifetime and agree that no one can match the enthusiasm and innovation of our camps.

Not everyone is lucky enough to own a dog and the Young Kennel Club try and include activities and competitions in our programme that everyone can take part in – dog or no dog! Here is just a sample of what’s on offer in 2013 

Artist of the Year

Our annual art competition is now in its fifth year and the theme changes each year. The artwork displayed at Crufts 2013 is based around the theme of my best friend and gives members the chance to capture their doggy friends in art and show off their creative side. Entries can be produced using paint (watercolour, acrylic, poster paints etc.), pastels, pencil, pen and crayons. 

Shaun McAlpine Award

The Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person Award celebrates young people who have excelled through their involvement with dogs.  Last year’s winner Kian Rhys Pellow was nominated by 49 different people and it is not hard to see why.  As a Pets As Therapy volunteer, Kian, with his Boxer dog Howard and his mother, visit the children’s wards at his local hospital and the local residential care home to help lift people’s spirits.  The wonderful award praises the positive contribution that Young Kennel Club members achieve in the world of dogs. 

Cinnamon Trust

For members who love dogs but can’t have one of their own, they can volunteer on the YKC Dog Walking Scheme in conjunction with the Cinnamon Trust. 

Youth Development


Youth development is key to the success and continuation of the Young Kennel Club and we like to focus our attention on progressing young people in the world of dogs through education and experience.  Below is a small selection of the opportunities available to our senior members (aged 16 years and above). 

Team Building and Leadership Days 
There are various opportunities for senior members aged 16 years and above to attend team building and leadership courses that enable them to develop key life skills and ultimately volunteer to help at YKC events (such as running the ring and stand at Crufts). 

Careers with Dogs Day
Our Careers with Dogs day gives members the opportunity to attend talks and speak with professionals within a whole range of dog related careers. 

Kennel Club Work Placements
Members over the age of sixteen are offered the chance to take full advantage of work experience at the Kennel Club office in Clarges Street. 

Workshops and Seminars
Members can take part in our fantastic range of Work and Seminars which help them to brush up on skills ranging from judging to commentary. 
Find out more

Young Kennel Club
Young Kennel Club News
Junior successes
Dog safety

Web links

Young Kennel Club
Safe and Sound with Dogs
Staines and Laleham Sports Association, Worple Road, Staines, Middx TW18 1HR
Telephone: 07939 189917 / 01784 881050