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

Registration is limited so register early to avoid disappointment. 

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

Students will be allowed into the building one at a time, five minutes before the scheduled start time.  All students must sanitize their hands upon entering the building.   Social distancing must be adhered to at all times.  Dogs are not permitted to be in contact with students or other dogs.  No other areas of the building will be accessible. Washrooms will not be available.  Due to physical distancing requirements and limits on crowd sizes, no spectators are allowed in the building at this time. 

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 training director for information at training@reginakennelclub.ca

Drop In Show Handling (Ongoing) – Fee is for $5 per class

Drop in handling classes will be held on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.Registration will be limited to 5 people and will be half hour in duration. Masks are required.  If there is additional interest, a second half hour class will begin at 1:40 p.m. This class is for practice only and is non-instructional.  Attendees are required to email the training director at training@reginakennelclub.ca by 9:00 a.m. Saturday if they wish to attend.  If there is not enough interest the class will be cancelled. 

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.