Conformation or Showmanship
We don't leave out conformation! When we can, we offer a comprehensive class for beginners covering the art of showing their dogs in Conformation. We've got some great new offerings, all about using positive training methods to have both you and your dog enjoy the ring together.
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More experienced? Just need some practice? Or are you a first-timer? Try our weekly practice! Bring your dog and any equipment you have questions about. This class is offered weekly on Tuesdays - come any week(s) you like! However, you must sign-up in advance for one of the spots, which are now limited to 10. Use the See Schedule green button below.
We're thrilled to have Marian Sweeney of Around The Ring joining Four Paw. She's been doing these classes all around the area, and now she's with us!
This is a working practice where there is instruction as well as work on specific training issues for show dogs.
Or, buy a 6 session virtual punch card for $12/session!
Note: Sessions must be used within 6 months of purchase
Conformation for Beginners -
This will be a comprehensive 6 week class for beginners in the art of showing their dogs in Conformation events at dog shows using positive reinforcement training methods.
The class will focus on -
How to prepare and register for a dog show, what to expect at the show, necessary equipment, differences between AKC, Canadian KC, UKC and other conformation venues available nearby
Canine anatomy, structure & movement, and how grooming enhances – or doesn’t – what’s underneath, how to wicket your dog
Ring Procedures, patterns, presenting the dog to the judge, how to dress to best show off your dog
Gaiting – finding the right speed for each dog, working on a loose leash, teaching the dog to love the ring
Getting great expression, baiting for expression and stance, free stack vs. hand stack
And everything else you’ve ever wanted to learn about getting started in conformation showing!
Please bring all your questions to the first night of class, but please leave your dog at home!