"Conformation" is the official term for dog shows. In conformation, intact, purebred dogs are judged against their written breed standard. Judges consider structure, temperament, condition, and overall appearance when deciding how well each dog conforms to their standard. While having a sound dog is a great place to start, there are many controllable factors that contribute to success in the show ring. Come check out our offerings of conformation handling classes and learn how to show your dog to their full potential.

Drop-In Conformation Handling

A one-hour, small-group handling class for teams showing in the conformation breed ring who would like some extra practice and coaching. A "mock show" environment where we will proof and improve upon your existing conformation skills. Each class will be tailored to the skills that students would like to focus on, but we will practice show ring elements including gaiting, stacking, table and floor presentation, etc., and discuss how to make ring work comfortable, fun, and flashy. Appropriate for both puppies just starting to learn about showing and for experienced teams wanting to improve or enhance their performance.

Prerequisites: a working knowledge of conformation or instructor permission.

Please click on your desired class time to view open seats and to register. Classes with no sign-up link are FULL, but please reach out to express interest and join the waitlist for your desired class time, as spots occasionally become available! 

 North Bend  Kinship Dog Training - Tuesdays 9:30am, 12:00pm

 Bellevue  various public locations - Tuesdays 6:30pm

Private Coaching Sessions

A one-on-one private handling class tailored to you and your dog, with emphasis on your personal goals. Whether you are just getting started in conformation or looking to polish your performance, we will discuss how to make show training fun and effective for you and your dog!

Private lessons are ideal for new teams looking to learn how to show dogs, sensitive dogs, or teams seeking a personalized training plan for conformation. 

Prerequisites: dogs of all ages, sizes, breeds*, and abilities are welcome; absolutely no history of aggression towards humans. 

*only registered purebred dogs may compete in conformation events, however, it is never too soon to begin learning how to show with the dog you have! 

All classes are taught by former professional handler and dog show assistant, Kaylee Anagnos