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Conformation Handling PRO

Conformation Handling PRO

Handle your dog in the show ring like a pro!



Join the ranks of owner-handlers showing their own dogs

Conformation Handling PRO:

You have now had some experience in the ring but feel that something about your show handling could use refinement.

Here we offer a Conformation PRO class to help you out.

The term conformation refers to how dogs stack up (or conform) to their breed standard. The breed standard is an idealized description of physical and temperamental characteristics for each pure breed. The closer a dog approaches the ideal, the more likely a Championship title will be conferred. At least that is how it works in theory.

In practice, much depends on you, the handler. Because, even if you have a perfect dog (if there is such a thing) your performance in the ring can make or break you. Likewise, you need to teach your dog confidence and swagger. Dog shows are not called a dog SHOWS for nothing. A great performance in the ring can put you over the top.

Dog shows can be highly competitive. Give yourself the edge and join the growing ranks of dog owners who are leaving expensive professional handlers for the joy and satisfaction of showing their own dogs. Yes you can do it with our Conformation Handling class!

What you will accomplish...
  • Week 1
    • Introductions and expectations of class-if alignment is not there, possible to move to beginner class
    • Breed standards, rules of the class, structure of class
    • Evaluation of participants and dogs by all present
  • Week 2
    • Celebration of recent wins
    • Setting individual goals
    • Professional demeanor
    • Understanding the end of the leash
    • Moving dogs, setting dogs up for examination
    • Evaluation of participants and dogs by all present
  • Week 3
    • Celebration of recent wins
    • Judges, who they are and what they are looking for.
    • Review and demonstration of Ring Procedures (down and back/around)
    • Free Stacking
    • Difficult dogs during exams, what to do and not do
    • Evaluation of participants and dogs by all present
  • Week 4
    • Celebration of recent wins
    • Dog show conditioning of handler and dog
    • What to wear
    • Practice Show
    • Evaluation of participants and dogs by all present
  • Week 5
    • Celebration of recent wins
    • Moving dogs, presenting dogs
    • Best in Show Discussion
    • Other handlers who get in your space
    • Dog show etiquette
    • Evaluation of participants and dogs by all present
  • Week 6
    • Celebration of recent wins
    • Guest inexperienced judge-nervous judge makes nervous dogs
    • Nervous Handler makes nervous dogs
    • Evaluation of participants and dogs by all present
  • Week 7
    • Celebration of recent wins
    • Whats next? New goals & expectations
    • Teasing out the fine points
    • Hurdles on each team
    • Evaluation of participants and dogs by all present
    • Graduation!

Instructor: Stewart Dankner
CKC Best in Show and multi-group judge, CKC Breeder Relations Committee member, VP of the Oakville and District Kennel Club.

Prerequisite: Conformation Handling class and/or show handling experience.


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