Show Handling FAQ’s

What is a Dog Show?
Showing dogs is a great sport where the thrill of competition is combined with the joy of seeing beautiful dogs. Dog shows or conformation events are intended to evaluate breeding stock. The size of these events ranges from large all-breed shows, to small local specialty club shows, featuring a specific breed. The dog's conformation, overall appearance, structure,and movement, is judged.

How do I get started showing my dog?
Handling your dog is an exceptional and enjoyable experience. From the grooming table to the show ring, you and your dog will develop a bond. While training classes offer the best hands-on way to practice for the show ring, attending shows and observing your breed is also a great way to gain understanding of what judges and other competitors do.

What will I learn in class?
Dog showing is a sport, and like any sport, there are skills to acquire. These include:

  • Holding the lead
  • Gaiting your dog correctly around the ring with other dogs present
  • Executing the various individual gaiting patterns called for by a judge
  • Presenting your dog to the judge
  • Hand stacking your dog (using your hands to place each of the dog's feet so that it stands in the desired position)
  • Standing your dog for the judge's examination
  • Baiting (how and when to use a treat to get your dog to perk up and stand at attention)
  • Free stacking (walking the dog into the desired position by use of bait and leash, without hands)

Show Handling Classes

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Fee of $20 per class for non-members. Discounted fee for DTCCC training members.

How do I sign up for class?
Attendees are asked to create an account with us so you can register for the sessions you wish to attend. 

Click on MY ACCOUNT on the Home page, then click on CREATE an ACCOUNT to inpout your information. 

Choose the session(s) you wish to attend from the Show Handling schedule.

You may pay for your session(s) on line, by exact change or by check made payable to : DTCCC
Attendees may bring only dogs owned by them. Female dogs in season are not permitted in the training building. No exceptions.

Questions? Contact us at or call 610-280-6960

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