Every AKC dog show I've ever been to has been free for spectators to go to, but it might be different in your area, or for major shows like Eukanuba tournament of champions or Westminster, or the International Kennel Club of Chicago. However, because most shows are done at public venues, you may have to pay for parking for the day, but generally that runs about $5.
And no as a general rule you can't bring your home dog with you unless he's entered in the show. In fact I strongly urge you leave your dog at home, especially if you are going alone, because dogs arent allowed in the restrooms or food areas. If your dog is a mixed breed dog (and thus, obviously not entered in the show) you may even be asked to leave the premises.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
Most charge for parking, few indoor shows charge admission fees. If you go to infodog.cm look by state, find the show you want to attend, click on premium list and it will give details on parking or admission fees.
Like Min said...no un-entered dogs are permitted, unless they are official service dogs or training for such.
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.
AKC rules for most shows state no unentered dogs are allowed on the premises. This is mostly for liability reasons. When you enter a show, you sign a liability waiver. Someone just walking in off the street did not sign such an agreement.
It is sad to see people come to a show with a new puppy. They walk the puppy around to "socialize" it, assuming show dogs have no illnesses to share. Truth is parvo and kennel cough could still very much be among the thousands of dogs in attendance, and now these folks have put their puppy at risk.
If the super sees either a pup or a dog they suspect is unentered, they will ask you to leave. It is for your safety and the safety of others. But human visitors are always welcome !!
Thanks for all the info. I wasn't sure about bringing my own dog because I have only attended one dog show by chance. And I just noticed people with their dogs with them. More than likely dogs that have already been shown. Okay thanks!
every show I have ever gone to I have had to pay for parking and an entrance fee-the crown classic in Cleveland is eight for parking and ten to get in and then I blow hundreds at the vendors. thank god the smaller one by me is cheaper and not so many vendors or I wouldn't be able to let myself go!
they are not cheap even if your not showing!
If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons -James Thurber