BKC’s Conformation classes will teach you how to train and present (handle) your dog in the show ring. Stacking, baiting, gaiting, and ring procedure will be stressed.

Beginner Conformation

An introduction to show handling, taught in an 8-week session.  It starts at the beginning and progresses from class to class building each week on the handling skills learned in the previous classes.  A single instructor teaches all 8 classes. If you enroll in an 8-week Beginner Conformation session, you will want to attend all 8 classes in the session.

Advanced Conformation

Caters to the needs and interests of those attending on any given night.  Instructors rotate so both dogs and handlers are exposed to different ‘judges’ and different handling perspectives.  Advanced Conformation is held every week, except the weeks of Christmas and New Years.

Junior Handling/Junior Showmanship

BKC occasionally offers a junior handling or junior showmanship class for younger people interested in learning the art of dog handling. This class focuses on building skills for junior handlers, children ages 8 and up (children younger that 8 may participate with the approval on the instructor). Junior handlers learn how to handle their dog, good sportsmanship and ring etiquette.


You can drop into either the Beginner or Advanced Conformation class.  You can either pay one class at a time or buy a discounted 8-class drop-in card. This card can be used at any time, except during the Spring 8-week session when both Beginner and Advanced Conformation classes are taught by a professional handler.

Please Contact Laura Hesse with any questions.

Laura Hesse,
(608) 692-0414


While we are currently unable to offer classes, we are taking registrations for classes to be held when we are able to re-open. 

If you register now, you will be placed on a list for the next available class session.  Of course, if your plans change, we will gladly refund your class fee.


Beginner Conformation


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Advanced Conformation


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Drop In Classes

Advanced Conformation at 8:00 pm (7:30 pm during the summer) every Tuesday night, taught by rotating instructors, every week of the year except:

  • The Christmas and New Years holiday weeks: 12/24/2019 and 12/31/2019.
  • During the Spring 8-week session when both the beginners class and the advanced class will be 8-week sessions taught by a professional handler. During this session, drop-ins are allowed too, but with the instructor’s permission and if there is room in the class.

Beginners are welcome to drop in, but, when possible, should get into an 8-week beginners class for a more structured introduction to the basics.

Fee: $15.00 per class

Private Lessons

1/2 hour $25.00.
Please contact Laura Hesse to schedule a time:

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