Wally Newport, Virginia 5/10/2013 7:36:59 PM I would disagree about making this a requirement. There are many reasons to not entèr the grou ring! An unseasoned dog who is a ràre breed may be BOB may not be ready for that level of competition. Handlers rule the group ring and can pull some dirty tricks on Newbies. I come to a show with a new dog to show him or her how fun this game is. I make the decision to continue when the dog is ready.