The Wruff Stuff Mr Puppy UK 2019 Contest is scored with a points-based system, with each contestant receiving a numerical score.
It is our priority to offer a scoring system that is robust, transparent, and fair, in a contest conducted with integrity. The contest uses a points-based system built around fixed criteria. We publish its details in advance, so that everyone knows exactly what is scored, what the judges are looking for, and what is emphasised and sought. Each judge scores each contestant individually, and each judge's scores carry equal weight.
There are no penalties for making mistakes: it's ok to make mistakes, what's important is that the audience gets a good feeling of who you are. There are no points for looks, or body type, or age, or pup type. There are no points for gear. There are no points for appearance at all.
What we are looking for is all inside: it's all about who you are, not what you look like.
There are plenty of fun games and entertaining elements to the contest, because we believe in having fun – after all, it's for pups! And while these elements do count, they do not count for the majority.
Most contest points, and the bulk of the assessment, come from a private interview with our panel of judges. All scoring is positive: points are awarded, never deducted. All interviews are positive also: the judges look for reasons to recognise your talent and award you points. Find out more about how the contest is judged.
When the audience is asked to vote, each member of the audience is given one equal vote, which they may cast for the contestant of their choice.
If you're joining us as a contestant, we'll tell you everything in advance about what is scored in each contest round. You'll find all of that information here when we release it. That way, you can feel confident in preparing yourself for a fun day at the contest!
Our scoring system is very robust, and is designed to avoid tied scores. However, sometimes tied scores do occur.
If they do, then it is your performance in your interviews which will break the tie. The Head Judge will make this call in this case, and his decision is final.
We will not be publishing individual contestants' scores.
If you would like to know your score, you may speak to the Head Judge privately after the contest (not on contest day itself: anytime from Sunday onwards). He won't be able to tell you which judge scored you which way, as the judges' scores are strictly confidential, but he will be able to tell you overall how you performed.
You may also ask the judges after the contest if they've any feedback for you. They're here to help you, and they're very friendly, so if you'd like to know how you might be able to improve, please ask! They can't give you your specific scores, but they can give you feedback and comments on how you did.