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.  

                                                            CIKC Conformation Classes

                              *Held in the DTCCU Climate Controlled Training Building*

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)

The CIKC will begin the New Year with Conformation"Warm-Up" Classes. This class will be ring practice for those who want to work their dogs in a show ring setting.


We request that you please email and sign up if you plan to attend, so we know how many to expect. If we do not have enough, we will canceland postpone the class until later in the winter or this spring.


 The 6-week session will be Wed Jan 15th, 22nd, 29th, (Feb 5th CANCELLED), (12thCANCELLED), and 19th. Notice of make-up nights will be posted at a later date. 

Classes are held at 7:00pm and depending on attendance,

will run 45 minutes to an hour or more. 


General Public- $55.00per handler

Club Members- $40.00 per handler

Drop-in Fee - $10.00 per handler

(Make checks out to CIKC)

There will be an info card to fill out the first night and a list of rules for use

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


If we have enough beginners who wish to sign up to learn how to handle their dog in a conformation ring, we will adjust class times to accommodate them, please send your request along with your name, email, and info on your breed. The fee for a beginner is $55.00 for the 6-week session, no refund except under specific situations.


Again, everyone intending to come to CIKC classes in January please email Colleen Woodcock at and let me know that you plan to attend.


We are NOT available every Wed as in past years,

so be sure to catch these classes when they are offered! The next sessionwill not

 be until the end of January.

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 that may be 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.

There will be an info card to fill out the first night and a list of rules for use

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

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 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*