Conformation Classes

Beginner Conformation Lecture - This class is for those who are just getting started in the show ring. Handlers will learn about what goes on at a dog show, how to enter a dog show, your dogs breed standard, basic ring protocol, AKC rules and “what is really going on in and outside of the ring.”  This lecture is for the exhibitor but you may bring your dog if you wish. Classes are 1 to 1 ½ hours with a hand out folder. Classes are by individual appointment. Fee is $10.

Beginner Conformation Handling/Drop-In
- This class is for those with dogs 3 months - 1 year of age who wish to show their dog in the conformation ring. Students learn basic ring techniques and patterns, get stacking tips, handling tips, and can socialize dogs for the show ring atmosphere. Instructors are experienced show handlers. Young dogs have a short attention span and tire quickly. This is a half hour class with the option of moving into the regular conformation drop-in class that follows for some extra practice.   This is a drop-in class, pay as you go.

Beginner Conformation– This class is for those who are just getting started in the show ring. Handlers will learn how to present their dogs, basic gaiting patterns, how to enter a dog show, basic ring protocol, AKC rules and “what to expect when you get there.” Instructors are experienced show handlers. 
Prerequisite:  Dog must be leash trained.

Conformation Handling/Drop-In – This class is for those who wish to show their dog in the conformation ring.  Students learn more advanced ring techniques, get stacking tips, handling tips, ring protocol for both breed and group rings, and can socialize dogs for the show ring atmosphere. Instructors are experienced show handlers.  This is a drop-in class, pay as you go.
Prerequisite:  Student should be familiar with basic show ring protocol and how to present their breed of dog.

Handling for Children- This class is for children who are at least eight years old and interested in conformation and simple basic obedience. It will prepare the child to show in conformation, make them aware of other AKC activities available, help them to read and understand their dog, and be in control of their dog using basic commands.  If the student does not have a dog of their own, they may still register for the class and practice using one of the instructor's dogs (with consultation prior to beginning of class).