Conformation Classes

 The Champaign Illinois Kennel Club offers Conformation Classes or ring practices known as “Work Nights” for beginning and experienced handlers. These classes are held just North of Urbana in a spacious climate controlled building owned by the Dog Training club of Champaign-Urbana, 2210 E. Ford Harris Road... located approx. 3 miles North of  I-74 on Route 45 and 1/4 mile East on Ford Harris Road.  

*Due to time given by our instructors, we would appreciate everyone intending to come to these classes, please email Colleen Woodcock at and let us know that you plan to attend so we have a vague idea how many will be there.


Our Schedule has changed!  We will NOT be available almost every Wed as in

past years, so be sure to catch these classes when they are offered!

The 6-week Spring Conformation session for the Champaign Illinois Kennel Club begins on

Wed.April 4th, 2018 at:

 The Dog Training Club of Champaign-Urbana, 2210 West Ford Harris Road, Urbana, IL 61802 is located ¼ mile East of the Ford Harris Road and Route 45 (approx. 3 miles N. of I 74)

(we meet in ring 1 on the North end near the kitchen)

6:00pm – 4-H Jr Showmanship – For registered 4-Hers only

6:50pm – Beginning Conformation Handling – This will be a short class right after the 4-H Showmanship class ends.  This class will cover basic stacking and movement and will continue into the first half of the ring procedure and practice class at 7:00pm

7:00pm - Conformation Handling – Ring Procedure and Practice: Open to all handlers with prior experience. This class will cover general presentation of the show dog including stacking, gaiting and ring procedures, along with practice and perfecting of ring skills.

There will be paperwork to fill out and a list of rules for use

of this facility will be handed out to each new participant.

If you are new to our class or have not been for a while, please bring an updated copy

of your dog's vaccination or titer records including proof of rabies with you to be kept in our files.

Dress comfortably with good “running” shoes.

Due to Kennel Cough and K9 influenza viruses circulating, we request that if you suspect your dog may have symptoms or has come in contact with the virus that you keep your dogs at home and contact your veterinarian about further treatment.  Those with healthy dogs that come to class,please keep them under control, not allowing close contact with others. We also advise you bring your own water dish for your dog should they need a drink.

Please Note-Understand that weather changes in a moment’s notice. Use your discretion if weather is a question. We will do our best to announce closings on the CIKC website:,

on Facebook: Champaign Illinois Kennel Club –CIKC, DTCCU on Twitter

(If the Dog Training Club Classes are canceled…we are not holding classes either)

For enrollment & information Contact:

Colleen Woodcock

Please Remember:

*All participants and their guests are expected to follow the guidelines set forth by both clubs at all times while on the grounds. Please pick up your copy of the rules at the ringside table when filling out your class card.

*It is required that all participants pick up after their dogs. Use only the areas marked for this purpose. Equipment is available on the grounds along with a proper outside disposal area.  If clean up is needed inside the building, please dispose of all solid waste outside in the disposal area.

*Remember that humane treatment of your dogs is imperative at all times, but especially while on club grounds.

*Bitches in season are not allowed to participate. Please contact the class coordinator if you are unable to attend due to your female coming in season.  Beginning handlers are encouraged to come and watch.

*Also remember that “Handicapped Parking” areas are only for those with the correct parking passes properly displayed.


Classes That May Be Offered During The Year:                                          

Beginning/Novice Conformation – For New handlers, puppies and/or dogs just starting conformation showing. This class may move at a slower pace and will cover stacking, gaiting, and general presentation of the show dog.

Advanced Conformation – Open to all handlers with prior experience. This class will focus on ring procedures and practice perfecting ring skills.

Puppy Socialization - For puppies age 10 weeks to 14 weeks.

AKC Jr. Showmanship - For youth entering the AKC Jr Showmanship Classes.  Focus will be on skills needed to present their dog in this handling skills competition.

4-H Showmanship - For 4-H youth enrolled in their County 4-H Dog Project. 

*Held in the DTCCU Climate Controlled Training Building*