The official term for dog shows is conformation — as in, the act of conforming or producing conformity. While a dog show may look like a beauty pageant, it’s not. Dogs are not being compared to each other; they’re being measured by how closely they conform to the standard of their particular breed. Why? Because the closer a dog’s appearance is to the breed’s standard, the better that dog’s ability will be to produce puppies that meet the standard! It’s also the reason why mixed breeds and spayed or neutered purebreds are ineligible to compete in conformation.
If you have your first show prospect, this is the place to start! Our Intro to Handling class is a short, 4-week class to help you learn the ropes of stacking, movement patterns, and the various terms you'll need to know for the show ring.
Cost: $120/4 weeks
Whether you're ramping up for a specialty or starting a new dog, our ongoing drop-in classes are a great chance to build your dog's skills and confidence in a stress-free environment. Work on stacking, exams, movement patterns, and more!