We are pleased to announce that the DKC Conformation Group, with the approval and support of the DKC Board of Directors, will be offering modified Conformation Classes with restrictions that comply with the North Carolina Executive Order for Phase 2 of the COVID -19 public health emergency and DKC’s temporary rules of operation and safety protocols. 

Class rules of operation and safety protocols will be strictly enforced without exception.  Failure to comply will result in temporary loss of clubhouse privileges.  The class instructor was granted the authority to strictly enforce rules of operation and safety protocols.  Please see the attached file for a copy of the rules of operation and safety protocols.

During this restricted period, you must sign up for classes in advance.  Classes start Thursday night at 6:00 pm, for a period of 30 minutes with a 15-minute break between classes to allow for an orderly transition between classes.  Classes will be held at 6:00, 6:45, 7:30 & if needed, 8:15 PM.  We plan on having 2 to 4 classes per night depending on demand.  By North Carolina Executive Order we are restricted to a limit 10 people in the building at the same time.   We will restrict our class size to 9 students and 1 instructor.  No spectators are allowed in the building if it exceeds the 9-student limit.  If the class doesn’t meet the 9-student threshold, the instructor may grant spectators club access under the following conditions: Spectators must follow all safety protocols and be DKC members.

 We are limiting classes to DKC members only at this time.  Students must sign up in advance of class for a series of four classes at a time and, a cost of $5.00 per class.  Please see the attached file for a copy of the Conformation Class Registration form.  The form can be filled out online, but you must save it to your desktop as a document.  Please include your name in the name of the document.  You may then send your registration form via email attachment to Judy Harris at the following email address:   Judy will do her best to accommodate your request.  Please be sure to include a second- or third-class option when you complete the form.  Judy will send an email confirming the class reservation. Individuals who are not registered will not be allowed to participate in the classes at this time.

 We are asking students to sign the rules of operation and safety protocols. By signing, students agree to follow all requirements and safety protocols and we are asking them to bring their signed copies with them on the first day of class. 

We are also asking students to bring their payment in full for the series of four classes in a sealed envelope with their name on the outside.  We will deposit all payment envelopes in the clubhouse Dropbox.

We will not be offering a separate Juniors class during this restricted period.  Juniors who are DKC members are welcome to sign up for the conformation classes. Registration is first come first served.

 Rules of Operation and COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Conformation Class Registration


Daytime/Evening Show Handling Classes

Show Handling Classes are held most Thursday. Always check the schedule (to the right) to be sure we have class.  We take holiday breaks, have no class when there are conflicts with DKC shows and other activities. 
These are “drop in” class.  Fee $7 per person.  We usually divide into two rings, beginners who need more individual attention in one ring and more experienced handlers in the other, or big dogs in one ring and small dogs in the other.
We start promptly at 12noon or 7 PM and work for an hour,   Before class, sign in, put your $7 in the envelope and get ready for class with show lead on and bait ready!

You MUST bring shot record the first class each dog attends and show the instructor.  Puppies MUST have rabies vaccination. 
This is not a puppy socialization class, nor a place for dogs with aggression issues.  Handling class is not the place to bring puppies or dogs that are not in reasonable control, not leash-trained to walk without constantly pulling, lunging or jumping.  Dogs should be able to take direction from their owners, allow touching and examination by an instructor or “judge.”  We’re willing to work with you, but safety for instructors, other students and dogs comes first.  If your dog has any aggression issues to other dogs or people, this is not the class to work on those issues.  You’ll be asked to leave class if your dog exhibits aggression to dogs or people (per DKC class guidelines).
If your female is in HEAT you may come to class, but she must wear britches. She is a huge distraction to highly interested males who may target her and challenge other males. Ideally every handler will have 100% control of his dog and keep it on a short lead, but not everyone’s at that stage.
No class if bad weather (torrential rains/hurricane/ice/snow) or Durham Co. schools are closed.  Call instructors before noon on Thursday if you’re wondering if we’ll have class that night.  Don’t email because we won’t get it in time.  Email or call for all other questions. 

Junior Handling / Exhibitor Class

Participants under the age of 18 or new to dog showing in general are invited to attend. Classes will be focused on basics of dog showing, ring procedure, junior showmanship rules and procedures, and understanding of breed presentation.
The class is from 6:15pm-7pm on any Thursday night that regular conformation class (7pm-8pm) is also offered.
The class fee is $7 and will cover both this class and regular class should the participant wish to stay.
Please bring shot records for your dog and show them to the instructor at your first class.
Bring your dog, a show lead (if you do not have one, there are some leads available for use), bait/treats, and have fun learning the mechanics of the show ring! 

Daytime Instructors


Judy Harris


Evening Instructors


Thomas Wrath (919)943-1627(H)
Linda Wozniak (919)942-5818(H)
Shelley Miller (919)525-5001(C)
Kate Bremser (919)471-0737(H)

Conformation Calendar