About ConformationDog shows, or "conformation" events, are the signature events of the AKC. They concentrate on the distinctive features of purebred dogs and help to preserve these characteristics by providing a forum at which to evaluate breeding stock.
Exhibits are judged against individual breed standards, which have been established for the AKC-recognized breeds by their parent clubs. These written standards describe the ideal size, color, and temperament of each breed, as well as correct proportion, structure, and movement.
To learn more about dog shows, visit AKC's Conformation Guide.
Class Schedule (2013)* **Run Throughs
This is a weekly "drop-in" class, no registration required.
For beginner and advanced levels of both dogs and handlers, these run throughs emphasize the techniques of presenting a dog to the judge: stacking, gaiting, and baiting.
1. Stacking: preparing the dog for approach of the judge, showing the bite to the judge and controlling the dog during the judge's examination.
2. Gaiting: moving the dogs in a variety of patterns, how to hold the lead, when to change hands when moving a dog, at what speed to move a dog, how to stop in front of the judge, the proper way of doing a courtesy turn, when to do a turn in front of the judge.
3. Baiting: from a stack and free baiting; moving and then baiting in place; when to bait and when to stack a dog.
Junior handler coaching also available. In addition to the usual run through, children 8 to 18 can learn the techniques necessary to be competitive in AKC junior showmanship through one-on-one instruction with a former junior handler.
For more information, contact the instructor, Paula Borkgren by e-mail or phone at (309) 507-2034.
Thursdays at 6:30-7:30 p.m. - Cost $5 per night
* The State of Iowa requires that we obtain proof of vaccination shots. Please bring a copy with you on the first night of class.
** Scott County Kennel Club reserves the right to refuse class admission to any dog that is aggressive or not able to be controlled by its owner/handler.