There is a wide range of activities you can be involved with, from conformation showing to tracking and everything in between.

Conformation Shows

Conformation Shows There are more than 198 dog breeds recognised by the Australian National Kennel Council which are eligible to be shown in Australia. Many of the breeds can be found in the Northern Territory, including many rare breeds. Dog Shows can be fun for the entire family, shows in Darwin are held in the […]

Junior Handler Competitions

Junior Handler Competitions Junior Handlers compete with either their own pedigree dog or one borrowed from another exhibitor – with the emphasis on dog show handling skills.   The aim of Junior Handlers competition is to encourage children to participate in Dog Shows and other Canine activities, where learning objectives can provide greater opportunity for […]

NT Show Circuit

NT Show Circuit Over 2 dozen shows and trials in just 4 weeks! Commencing in July at Alice Springs each year, followed by Tennant Creek, Show Dog Handlers Club, Darwin Royal, PGC Speciality Gundog Show, Canine Expo and back to Alice Springs to finish off what can only be described as one of the largest […]

Agility, Jumping & Games

Dog Agility is a team sport where a person and a dog form a team. A team sport where you are in charge of the strategy and your dog is responsible for the athleticism.

Obedience & Rally O

Obedience and Rally Obedience Obedience and Rally Obedience Trials are held in Darwin and Alice Springs during most of the year. To compete you need to train dog to a standard that he can start competing and he must be registered DOGS NT  – and you must be a member too. Any dog can trial regardless […]


Retrieving Retrieving Trials are competitions using registered pure bred Gundogs (eg Labradors, Golden Retrievers, German Shorthaired Pointers etc) where dogs and handlers are tested for obedience, and natural retrieving and hunting abilities. The purpose of a Retrieving trial is to test and determine the dogs natural hunting ability in the field, under natural conditions. Items […]

Field Trials

Field Trials Field Trials are competitions using registered purebred Gundogs where dogs and handlers are tested for obedience and natural hunting ability under normal hunting conditions. The purpose of a Field Trial is to test and determine a dog's natural hunting ability in the field in conditions which are found whilst hunting.

Retrieving Ability Tests

Retrieving Ability Tests for Gundogs RATG are tests of obedience and retrieving and they are conducted in the field with dummies of simulated game, with the Gundog working ‘off lead’. The Tests provide a way for handlers to demonstrate that their Gundog has basic retrieving ability.  ‘Main’ and ‘Limited’ Registered Gundogs (including de-sexed registered Gundogs) and […]


Tracking Tracking is a sport in which you and your dog follow a scent along a previously laid track. The tracks are marked out according to the Tracking Rules and walked by a tracklayer on the day of the trial.  The only equipment needed is a correctly fitted tracking harness and a lead at least […]


Endurance Endurance Trials are held in the Northern Territory, typically only in the cooler months of the year. The endurance test is over a distance of 20 kilometres and is split into three sections, consisting of one leg of eight kms and two legs of six kms. There is a break of 15 minutes between the […]


Herding Herding started with the very first settlers arrival in Australia. The need to drove or herd livestock on farms and to market etc meant that farmers needed dogs which could herd. These were generally breeds that were brought with them from their own countries, which were bred for this purpose. The Australian farmers and […]

Dancing With Dogs

Dancing With Dogs Dancing with Dogs is a relatively new competition.  There are currently no competitions or training being conducted in the NT, however, if you are interested, please register your interest with the Dogs NT office.