Model Dog Performance Online Show

Open to Original Finish, Artist Resin, Custom or Stuffed Hardbodied Model Dogs or Puppies. No plush stuffed animals please.

This show is for judging model dogs as entrants attempt to set up photos that mimic real dog performance activities. The Show is split into 10 Sections this year.

Show may be split by adult dog, adult bitch and/or puppy dog and puppy bitch, according to rules and regulations.

D1: Canine Headstudy Show
D2: Dog Breeders Show
D3: Puppy Activities Show
D4: Pet Companion Dog Non Ruled Activities Show
D5: Team or Pack Performance Show - No Handler Required
D6: Team or Performance - Cani X or Brace Obedience - FBHR Show
D7: Hunt and Field Dogs Show
D8: Guardian or Herding Non Tested or Ranch Dog Show
D9: Herding Tested Dog Show - FBHR
D10: Dogs Performance Ruled Show
D11: Dog Obedience and Utility Show - FBHR
D12: Agility Dog Show

The best part of this circuit is once you have entered you don't need to resend your jpg unless you are replacing the photo. There is no membership or show entry fee required.

Scheduling for show as follows:

The 10th of Every Month Show
Entry Gate Uploads and Entries - until the 9th at 5 PM PST.

MDHA Dog Performance Classlist
    D1: Dog Headstudy Show
    Four photos per class limit.

  1. Dog Headstudy Herding
  2. Dog Headstudy Companion or Non Sporting
  3. Dog Headstudy Toy
  4. Dog Headstudy Terrier
  5. Dog Headstudy Guardian or Working
  6. Dog Headstudy Northern
  7. Dog Headstudy Scent Hound
  8. Dog Headstudy Sight Hound or Pariah
  9. Dog Headstudy Sporting - Pointers and Setters
  10. Dog Headstudy Sporting - Retreivers and Spaniels
  11. Dog Headstudy NSQ or Mixed or Cross Breed or Designer

    Division 2: Dog Breeders Show
    All dogs for each of the classes must be in one photo per class

  1. Brace - Puppy Dog Only
  2. Brace - Puppy Bitch Only
  3. Brace - Puppy Mixed Gender Only
  4. Brace - Adult Dogs Only
  5. Brace - Adult Bitches Only
  6. Brace - Adult Mixed Gender
  7. Irish Brace
  8. Pack - Three or More Dogs Same Breed or Kennel
  9. Stud Dog - (2+ offspring)
  10. Stud Dog - (1 offspring)
  11. Brood Bitch - (2+ offspring)
  12. Brood Bitch - (1 offspring)
  13. Littermates (3 or more same litter)
  14. Family (sire, dam, litter pups or siblings)

    D3: Puppy Activities Show
    Classes are split puppy dog and puppy bitch

    Puppy Activities Non Ruled Events
  1. Puppy Manners - Verbal Commands for Pet
  2. Putting Collar and or Leash on First Time
  3. Costume
  4. Performing a Task
  5. Realistic Tricks or Games
  6. Childhood Companion
  7. Resting or Sleeping
  8. Other Performance - No Ruled Events
    Puppy Activities Herding or Guardian
  9. Introduction to Guardian
  10. Introduction to Herding Poultry
  11. Introduction to Herding Sheep
  12. Introduction to Herding Cattle
    Puppy Activities Agility
  13. Introduction to Agility Table
  14. Introduction to Agility Tunnel
  15. Introduction to Agility Poles
  16. Introduction to Agility Teeter
  17. Introduction to Agility Tire
  18. Introduction to Agility Low Jumps
  19. Introduction to Agility A Frame
  20. Introduction to Agility Dog Walk
    Puppy Activities Obedience or Utility Training
  21. Introduction to Obedience Class - On Leash
  22. Introduction to Obedience Class - Off Leash
  23. Heel Work Off Leash
  24. Beginning Retrieve
  25. Beginning Scent Work
  26. Signal Work
  27. Baby Go Outs - Utility Training - Directed Jumping
  28. Baby Beginning Directionals for Directed Jumping
  29. Any Other Obedience or Utility Training Not Listed
    Puppy Activities Ruled Events
  30. Introduction to Hunting
  31. Introduction to Showmanship Handling
  32. Introduction to Freestyle Music
  33. Introduction to CGC
  34. Introduction to Rally
  35. Other Performance - Introduction to Other Ruled Events

D4: Pet Companion Dog Non Ruled Activities Show
Classes split Adult Dog and Adult Bitch
    Pet Dog Division Adult Dog:
  1. Pet Dog Roll Over or Sit Up and Beg
  2. Pet Dog Other Tricks or Games
  3. Pet Dog Hiking or Backpacking
  4. Pet Dog Playing with Other Dogs
  5. Pet Dog Playing with Animal Friends
  6. Pet Dog Costume
  7. Pet Dog Historical Task or Event
  8. Pet Dog Movie, Television, or Circus Performance
  9. Pet Dog Childhood Companion or Lap Dog
  10. Pet Dog Soccer
  11. Pet Dog Football or Other Sport Game
  12. Pet Dog Other Performance

    Companion Obedience

  13. Companion Obedience Come
  14. Companion Obedience Down and Stay
  15. Companion Obedience Sit and Stay
  16. Companion Obedience Heel
  17. Other Companion Obedience Not Listed

D5: Team or Pack Performance Show
    Team or Pack Herding - Hunting - Earth - Ranch Dog - No Handler Required Division
  1. Stock & Ranch Work Team or Pack
  2. Herding Activity Team or Pack
  3. Hunting Brace - Matched
  4. Hunting Brace - Irish
  5. Hunting Pack
  6. Earth Work Team or Pack

    Team or Pack Performance - No Handler Required Division

  7. Companion Dogs Activity Team or Pack
  8. Service & Working Dog Activity Team or Pack
  9. Fun & Sport Dog Activity Team or Pack
  10. Any Other Team or Pack Activity Not Listed

D6: Team or Performance - Cani X or Brace Obedience - FBHR Show
    Team or Pack Performance with FBHR Division
  1. Rally Team - Only One Exercise Please - (FBHR)
  2. Conformation Handling Brace (FBHR)
  3. Conformation Handling Irish Brace (FBHR)
  4. Heel Free Brace (FBHR)
  5. Heel Free Irish Brace (FBHR)

    Team or Pack Cani X with FBHR Division

  6. CaniX Team - Handler On Foot - Trail or Street Competition (FBHR)
  7. CaniX Team - Handler On Foot - Para - Para Harness or Helper - Trail or Street Competition (FBHR)
  8. CaniX Team - Handler On Bike - BikeJor - Trail or Street Competition (FBHR)
  9. CaniX Team - Handler On Off Road Scooter - Trail or Street Competition (FBHR)
  10. CaniX Team - Scooter or Skateboard - Trail or Street Competition (FBHR)
  11. CaniX Team - ParaCaniX - Wheelchair - Trail or Street Competition (FBHR)

D7: Hunt and Field Dogs Show
Classes split by adult dog and adult bitch
  1. Field Trial
  2. Hunt Trial
  3. Squirrel Hunting or Treeing Feist
  4. Earth Dog Competition with Regulation Tunnel
  5. Go To Ground Digging Natural Setting
  6. Prey Hunting Natural Standoff or Face to Face
  7. Tracking Dog Test
  8. Variable Surface Tracking

D8: Guardian or Herding Non Tested or Ranch Dog Show
Classes split by adult dog and adult bitch
    Guardian Dog Division
  1. Guardian Cattle - Predator
  2. Guardian Sheep - Predator
  3. Guardian Poultry - Predator
  4. Guardian Equine or Other Buddy - Predator
  5. Guardian Cattle - No Predator
  6. Guardian Sheep - No Predator
  7. Guardian Poultry - No Predator
  8. Guardian Equine or Other Buddy - No Predator

    Herding Non Tested or Ranch Dog Division

  9. Herding Non Tested or Ranch Work - Cattle
  10. Herding Non Tested or Ranch Work - Sheep
  11. Herding Non Tested or Ranch Work - Poultry
  12. Herding Non Tested or Ranch Work - Equine or Other Buddy

D9: Herding Tested Dog Show
Classes split by adult dog and adult bitch
Test or Trial and Description Required
  1. Herding Tested Any AHBA or AKC Trial or Test Poultry
  2. Herding Tested Any AHBA or AKC Trial or Test Sheep
  3. Herding Tested Any AHBA or AKC Trial or Test Cattle

D10: Dogs Performance Ruled Show
Classes split by adult dog and adult bitch
  1. Guard or Police or Military Work
  2. Search and Rescue Adult
  3. Service Dog
  4. Frisbee
  5. Flyball
  6. Dock Diving
  7. Water Rescue or Boat/Net
  8. Weight Pull
  9. Racing - Calcuttas - Lure Coursing
  10. Transportation - Sledding or Carting
  11. CaniX Single Dog - Handler On Foot
  12. CaniX Single Dog - Handler with Vehicle
  13. Musical Freestyle
  14. K-9 Dressage
  15. Breed Conformation Handling Adult Handler
  16. Breed Conformation Handling Youth Handler
  17. Rally
  18. CGC
  19. French Ring Sport
  20. Schutzhund Phase A (Tracking) Adult Dog
  21. Schutzhund Phase B (Obedience) Adult Dog
  22. Schutzhund Phase C (Protection) Adult Dog

    D11: Dog Obedience and Utility Show
    Classes split by adult dog and adult bitch

    On Leash - Obedience Division - FBHR
  1. On Leash - Heel - FBHR
  2. On Leash - Figure 8 - FBHR
  3. On Leash - Sit For Exam - FBHR
    Obedience Division - FBHR
  4. Heel Free - FBHR
  5. Stand for Exam - FBHR
  6. Figure 8 - FBHR
  7. Long Sit - Handler Optional
  8. Long Down - Handler Optional
  9. Recall - FBHR
  10. Drop on Recall - FBHR
  11. Retrieve on Flat - retrieving a dumbell - FBHR
    Utility - FBHR Division
  12. Signal Exercise (heeling, stand, stay, sit, recall)- Full Bodied Handler Required
  13. Scent Discrimination Article
  14. Directed Retrieve (uses gloves; no jump) Adult Dog
  15. Moving Stand & Examination - heeling portion - Full Bodied Handler Required Adult Dog
  16. Moving Stand & Examination - stand portion - Full Bodied Handler Required Adult Dog
  17. Moving Stand & Examination - recall to finish portion - Full Bodied Handler Required Adult Dog
  18. Directed Jumping (high jump / bar jump, no retrieve) Adult Dog

D12: Agility
Classes split between adult dog and adult bitch

  1. Agility A Frame
  2. Agiltiy Dog Walk
  3. Agility Teeter
  4. Agility Jumps
  5. Agility Table
  6. Agility Tire
  7. Agility Open Tunnel
  8. Agility Closed Tunnel
  9. Agility Weave Poles
  10. Agility UKC Hurdles - Log - Window or Other
  11. Agility UKC Pause Box or Pause Ring
  12. Agility UKC Platform - Jump or Water Box
  13. Agility UKC Swing or Sway Bridge
  14. Agility UKC Crawl or Hoops Tunnel - Strips Frame


For more information, email

IKC Model Dog Performance Online
Photo Show Rules

  1. FBHR - stands for: Full Bodied Handler Required.

  2. Puppies to show in only their group puppy class and may not show against adult males or adult females even though in real dog showing some dog disclipines allow it. The reason is due to the points program unable to set queries to search for more than one section of shows.

  3. Unreg: stands for Unregistered, NSQ: Stands for Not Show Quality due to a flaw in the dog per it's registry or breed standard, such as wrong color, uncropped, docked tail, wrong color eyes or nose, etc.

  4. The same photo, i.e. filename, may not be used for more than one event. In particular, performance / activity photos may not be used for conformation entries. It is impossible for the software program to differentiate between points earned for different classes if the same photo [filename] is used more than once. However, if you have a model which is "doing something" and you want to use it for conformation and an activity, you can upload the photo twice but with a different filename and obviously a different description. For example, your Cute Munchkin which is lying down could be entered as (1) CuteMumchkin.jpg for conformation and then as (2) CuteMunchkin_obed.jpg for "long Down" in the Obedience section".

  5. For certain classes such as where there is only one Rally Class or one CGC Class you may enter more than one photo per class if you entries are of different tests, excercises or obstacles.

  6. How To Enter Entries are made using the MDHA PHP Model Dog Show Program. You will find the Main Page at:
    Model Dog Shows

  7. Entrants must join by registering their Kennel Name and receive a password. Please be sure to Name your kennel something easy and to remember the EXACT spelling of the kennel name. Entrants will then upload and be responsible for making all entries, deletions and repairs to their images.

  8. Do not name your dogs with prefix or suffix initials or punctuation in the name such as apostrophe, hyphen or commas. You may interfere with the prefix and suffix title achievement awards the program generates to the dogs names after it achieves a set number of points in any division.

    Please do not use any space or punctuation in the User ID (Kennel Name) or in the password. The PHP Program that runs the script and shows can not process these.
    Example User Name: No - Blue Moon's Kennel. Yes - Blues Moons Kennel.
    Example File Name: No - Red_Dawg_tirejump.jpg Yes - RedDawgtirejump.jpg
    Example Dogs Name: No - BMR's Red Dawg Yes - BMRs Red Dawg.

  9. When registerng and uploading your new entries Do Not use a generic image such as a "Coming Soon" photo to represent your entries. Do not make a registration out for any model that you DO NOT HAVE a photo of yet. Unapproved images still go into a class and display with whatever image is uploaded. So that generic photo will be the one that displays. Also, you are making double the work for the moderators who go through every day and approve photos since they will disapprove the generic photo and then approve the same registration later when the correct image has over written the generic one. As of April 2010, the moderators will no longer approve generic entries and will simply delete the entire registration from your account.

  10. Photos must be in .jpg format and no larger than 450 not greater than 450 pixels in width, scanned with a file size of 130k or less. This will be strictly enforced and any other images will be resized by show uploader or deleted at their discretion.

  11. Photos that have been copyrighted, signed or named somewhere on the photo will be allowed as long as the writing or copyright mark does not cover the dog in any manner.

  12. Framed or oval shaped photos will NOT BE allowed.

  13. Model may be flipped in performance in order to have the model be on the correct side of any handler doll but not in conformation. The model itself MAY NOT BE ALTERED IN ANY MANNER. Digital altering of photo backgrounds is allowed for the purpose of hiding any use of support, such as models negotiating an obstacle where the foot support needs to be blended into the obstacle. Models placed upon bases, plexi rods or held up by fishing wire may have those removed from the photo background and from the attaching area of the model. Bases may also be altered to reach the entire length of the photo in order to make the base appear larger and blend into the background or footboard. Photos that are not enhanced in this way are to be judged equally against enhanced photos and should not be penalized for showing supports or footings.

  14. Rule Pertaining to Ownership and Showing of Models: You must own the model you are showing or have show rights to do so. If you sell a model you are currently showing you must either transfer the model to the new owner or unclick the entry from the show and retire the model. The only "official show rights" to a model that is not owned by the exhibitor is to show the model by proxy for the new owner and the new owner must have their ownership stated in the information line.

  15. Unlimited photos per show.

Once you have entered the show you do not have to re enter. The program does that for you. If you have new additions you must send those as stated above.



MDHA Quick Reference Performance Guide

MDHA Dog Performance Guide

Scheduling for show as follows: All Deadlines are for 5 PM PST.

3rd Weekend of Every Month Show
Entry Gate Uploads and Entries - until the Sunday previous.

Titles and Your Dog's Name

The program will generate the Championship Title to the front of your dog's name when it reaches the number of required points listed below:

Champion. 250 points CH placed in front of dog's name.
Superior Champion. 500 points SP CH placed in front of dog's name.
Premier Champion. 1000 points PR CH placed in front of dog's name.
Supreme Champion. 2000 points SUP CH placed in front of dog's name.

The points are given to each photo so in performance you may have a Championship on an obedience photo entry and a Superior Championship on an Agility Teeter photo.

Judges Ranks Badges and Certification Badges

Judges Rank Badges
When you volunteer to judge you can earn Judging Rank Badges based on the number of shows you complete as a judge. The ranks are as follows:
100 Classes = Rank 1
200 Classes = Rank 2
400 Classes = Rank 3
600 Classes = Rank 4
800 Classes = Rank 5
1000 Classes = Rank 6
1200 Classes = Rank 7
1500 Classes = Rank 8
2000 Classes = Rank 9
2500 Classes = Rank 10
3000 Class = Rank Esteem Judge

Judges Certification Badges
There are 10 Judges Conformation Certification Badges that you can earn by testing your knowledge of the 10 different groups of dogs for the Online Group Clubs. The Dog groups are:
Companion or Non Sporting Dogs
Guardian or Working Dogs
Sporting Pointers & Setters
Sporting Spaniel and Retrievers
Hounds - Scent
Hounds - Sighthound & Pariah
Northern Breeds

Judges Certification Badges
There are 11 Judges Performance Certification Badges that you can earn by testing your knowledge of the 10 different examinations of dog performance disciplines for the Online Group Clubs.

The Golden Bone Award
If you achieve the rank of Esteemed Judge, earn all 10 Conformation Badges and all 11 Performance Badges you will earn the highest award The Golden Bone Award.

You badges are proudly displayed to show your achievements on your User Page and after your name in the show results.

You can find the Tests by clicking on the Exam Button on the left hand menu.


Judges should only use the DQ - Disqualify button if :
  1. Model is Incorrectly Entered in Breed Class
  2. Model is Incorrectly Entered in Gender Class
  3. Model is Incorrectly Entered in Age
  4. Photo is Not Displaying
  5. Photo has Not Yet Been Approved
  6. Photo has Missing Handler in a Handler Mandatory Class - FBHR
  7. Photo is Judge's Entry in a Show They Are Judging - The program should automatically DQ and Recuse the judge's dog unless they have more than one account. If that is the case the other account (s) must by DQ'd/Recused by clicking on the Recuse box.

    Notification that the shows are up and ready for judging will be posted to the Modeldogs Message Group at: Model Dog Hobby Association Message Group

    It is advised that you join this message group for up to the minute updates.

We will assume that the sender of the entry is the contact for that entry, but we are not responsible for contacting owners who do not follow this format, are incomplete, or are lost. If you wish to obtain confirmation of your entry, email the submission address under a different subject line.

Dogs that are mis-entered (i.e., placed in the wrong color) will be moved or deleted at the show holders' discretion.


Cynthia Jameson
MDHA President

Last updated April 18, 2017

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