In order to be best prepared for your trial at TNC:  

PLEASE READ EVERYTHING here and the FAQ PAGE for your venue AND CAREFULLY EXAMINE THE DIAGRAM BELOW.   Everything you need to know is NOT on this PAGE - Read the FAQ for your Venue (AKC/ USDAA).   

Common Search Words:  Kennel,  Exercise Pen, Play Pen, shoes, park, Food

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The staging area has been placed to provide easy access when entering the building from the  South Front entrance.  After preparing their dog for a run, exhibitors are encouraged to enter the building at that door and enter the staging area quickly to avoid disrupting dogs kenneled in that area.  (FOR some small shows there may be a warm up jump integrated into the staging area.  Before it is time for your run, please note the configuration of the warm up area so you can use it efficiently.)

The Pictorial view of the layout indicates the location for different size kennels.  Please note limitations on the locations of kennels less than or equal to 3 ft in length and kennels greater than 3 ft in length.  In order to maximize kennel space and walk way space we have restricted large kennels and xpens to specific locations.

The side doors…. which enter into the rings are the preferred method of entering and exiting the building with heavy/bulky gear.  These doors are more durable (not glass) and will not automatically close on you :O) Please use these doors whenever possible to bring kennels and heavy gear bags into the building.  DO CLOSE the door behind you to ensure that no canine escape artists can make it to the street.

The “white door”… will be accessible to the handicapped ONLYspecifically those using wheel chairs who cannot “jump” the steps out front :O).  Due to the distraction the use of the door causes to dogs running in the ring, the door is NOT to be used for any other purpose.  Please see the show committee if you need access via this door.

The glass doors in front of the building…  provide access in/out of the building during the trial.   

These doors WILL NOT be open in the morning until 10-15 minutes after the side doors open.  

These doors are self closing and they are GLASS.  This makes them fragile.  Banging them with metal crates/xpens and other heavy object could cause glass breakage.  YOU are responsible for paying for all expenses related to repairing any glass doors that YOU break!  This includes but is not limited to expenses to secure the door until it is repaired and the repairing of the door.  If i means spending the night as a security guard – that is YOUR responsibility.

The red box in the photo below indicates the Dogs’ ONLY Zone.    For the safety of both Dogs and Handlers Please DO NOT Drive in this area.

There is a $15 fine for parking, lodogs-only-zoneading, unloading or driving in the Dog’s Only Zone.   The yellow arrows in the photo  indicate a one way only traffic lane  in (South side) and out (North Side) of the parking area in the back.   Please be careful and drive SLOWLY.   There is NO Parking in the traffic lane!!

You may park on the street if being close to the front doors is important to you.  If you plan to leave early and use the front doors, please carry your gear to a parking spot other than the front of the building..


We now have shelves for small dogs.   You may place your smaller dog’s kennel on the shelf.  There is room for 15-16 small kennels.  This gets them off the floor making more space for larger kennels.  In deference to those using the shelves – kennels under the shelf must not stick out beyond the lip of the shelf.

We have limited space for exercise pens.

  • Metal exercise pens at may be used ONLY in the concrete kennel area and may only be used for a Giant Breed dog, 2 large dogs (labs, goldens etc), or 3 or more smaller dogs (shelties).
  • The soft fabric play pens that many people are using are classified as an “exercise pens” due to their size.  They must house 2 or more dogs depending on size.  The depth of fabric play pens (the distance from front to back as you place them on the kennel runners, dictates whether they may be placed in the 3 ft area or the 4 ft area.  Larger play pens should be avoided.
  • Due to damage that has occurred to the runners and the matting, soft play pens MUST have the bottom zipped or permanently attached.  Bedding of any type or size  is not a replacement for a zipped or permanently attached bottom.  If you must use a soft play pens with no bottom or a velcro bottom, then it  MUST be placed in the concrete areas.
  • If you are looking for a rule of thumb; when I planned the layout kennel layout for trials at TNC, I used 24 -26 inches as an average width for medium kennels. Large dogs kennels may be 30—36 inch while smaller kennels are in the 18-20 inch range.  The fabric play pens significantly exceed those dimensions and therefore are classified as an xpen and must house 2 or more dogs.

You are welcome to use a wire kennel but please follow the special rules below to ensure a long life for TNC matting.

  • No protection is necessary for metal kennels in the concrete areas.
  • As with ALL kennels, wire kennels must be placed in the appropriate area for their size.  The size dimension is the depth of the kennel.
  • Kennel mats are EXACTLY 3 ft except in designated areas where they overlap to permit 4 ft kennels   Metal 3 ft kennels are notorious for being 37/38 inches instead of 36 and they need a towel to protect the mat.  Even if your kennel measures exactly 3 ft,  back to back kennels may slightly exceed 3 ft.  Please be prepared to add a towel under the front of your kennel to protect the mat.
  • All Kennels extending  more than an inch or two off the mat must be moved to an area for deeper kennels due to deeper kennels restricting isle way access.

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