To be included in the Royal Kennel Club’s Mentor and/or Observer list for the Italian Greyhound breed, please complete the following form.
Mentoring is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person in that breed. It is a learning and development partnership between someone with a wealth of experience and someone who wants to learn.
In the context of the Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows), mentoring is a learning and development experience where a Mentee is assisted by a Breed Mentor in developing breed specific skills and knowledge.
Only persons who have bred/owned 2 UK champions in the Italian Greyhound breed (Champion or Show Champion) and have awarded CCs more than once can become a Breed Mentor.
A Mentee must undergo a minimum of three mentoring sessions, with a minimum of a year between the first and third session, before they can be observed in a judging scenario. If more than three sessions are felt necessary by the Mentee, or based upon feedback from Mentors, the BEC and Mentee will come to a consensus about additional mentoring sessions.
Further Information and Downloads for Mentors
The Code of Best Practice for Breed Mentoring can be viewed and downloaded here: https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/media/1112/sr172-jep-cobp-mentoring.pdf
The Breed Mentoring Form can be viewed and downloaded here: https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/media/3850/mentoring-form-appendix-e.pdf
Top tips for completing the Breed Mentoring Form can be viewed and downloaded here: https://judgeitaliangreyhounds.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Top-Tips-MENTORING-FORM.pdf
In the context of the Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows) observation is a learning and development experience where a Judge is observed while judging at a show, by an experienced Breed Observer, to ensure they are able to demonstrate sufficient ability in terms of knowledge of the breed being judged and also ring manner to progress to the next level.
Only persons who have bred/owned more than 2 UK champions in the Italian Greyhound breed (Champion or Show Champion) and have awarded CCs at least 3 times can become an Observer.
The aim of Observation is to ensure judges of the breed are assessing dogs in an acceptable fashion for the specific breed and are able to demonstrate knowledge previously acquired during the mentoring stages of the Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows), and to review and evaluate the observed Judge’s knowledge and interpretation of the breed standard and breed specific and general judging issues.
Observation provides opportunities for judges to successfully complete an observation opportunity required to progress to Level 3, if the observation is successful. The Breed Observer will be able to provide the necessary evidence for the judge to achieve the ‘observation’ element of the criteria in order to progress towards Level.
Please refer to http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/events-and-activities/dog-showing/judging-dog-shows/ for more information.
The Code of Best Practice for Observers can be viewed and downloaded here: https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/media/4723/code-of-best-practice-for-observation.pdf