What Is Conformation Show Handling

Conformation is the sport of presenting a purebred dog for evaluation of his or her breeding qualities. At conformation shows, dogs are examined by a judge who determines how each subject compares to the “perfect” dog as established by the official standard for each breed.  Consideration is given to appearance and physical condition, structure, movement and temperament.

We offer show handling classes for those looking to prepare their puppies and young dogs for the conformation show ring. This class teaches handlers looking to get started in show training, as well as more experienced handlers who are looking for an opportunity to fine tune their show rings skills in a small group class environment.  You will learn basic of presentation skills, how to enter a dog show, ring patterns, how to calculate championship points and more.


Fee: $120.  Classes run one hour per week for 6 weeks

You are required to have a suitable show collar and lead that will also control your dog.   Please wear comfortable shoes. 

Registration is limited so register early to avoid disappointment.  If you are uncertain which class to register for, please contact the Training Director at training@reginakennelclub.ca

  No one under the age of 16 years will be allowed to handle a dog in the adult classes.  

 The RKOC Junior Kennel Club offers classes for children and their size appropriate dogs.  Contact the Juniors  Director email for information at juniors@reginakennelclub.ca



Drop In Show Handling 

Sundays at 2 pm. 

Beginner Conformation – Fee: $120.  Classes run one hour per week for 6 weeks

Prerequisite:  Class is open to all dogs.  Puppies must have two sets of vaccinations.

You will learn how to properly present your dog for examination, gait, and overall showmanship.  Ring etiquette, judging patterns, “what to wear”, breed standard interpretation,  how to fill out an entry form and how to calculate championship points will be addressed.