Daynakin Great Danes LLC 
Est. 1974

Championship Quality AKC Fawn & Brindle Great Danes 
For Show, Performance and Companionship


“Dog Show 101"

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Ferndale, WA

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Held in Ferndale, WA

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An informal, yet detailed class designed for the new and 
beginning dog show exhibitor. 
Learn what they don’t teach you in handling classes!

Presented by
Georgia Hymmen and Jack Henderson
Breeders & Exhibitors of AKC Champion Showdogs since 1974

This informal, one-day seminar is designed to help the new or beginning exhibitor learn the basics of the conformation ring at AKC or CKC dog shows.  Loosely-structured and easy-going, the seminar will include topics such as your breed standard, AKC and CKC rules and regulations, understanding what is required to earn a Championship and learning the the point system, how to find out about shows, prepare entry forms, begin ring training for both you and your dog, appropriate clothing for the ring, grooming, equipment you will need and a variety of other subjects of interest.
We will offer a question and answer period, cover ring etiquette and the “unwritten” rules.  A workshop will be presented on different dog show scenarios.  A “hands on” handling class will also be included.
This seminar is open to any breed.  Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.
Rules & Regulations/Show Structure
       How do you know what class to enter your dog in?  What are the disqualifying faults of any breed? What are the requirements for registration?  How do you apply for an ERN number to enter an AKC dog in a CKC show?  How does a dog get his Championship? How are points figured?  How do you read a judging schedule? Completely under-standing the rules and regulations of AKC and CKC shows are a must!  Learning how points are earned and how a dog show is structured can be difficult at best for the new exhibitor.  This seminar will help to clarify all that!  We cover both AKC and CKC shows in this seminar.  Handouts include copies of rules for both the US and Canada.

The Breed Standard

     What is it?  How do you find it?  How was it developed and why is is important?  Dogs are judged according to how well they adhere to their individual breed standard.  Being familiar with the standard for your breed is very important and should be considered a must for new conformation exhibitors.  In this seminar, we will review your breed standard, followed by discussion.
Training, Conditioning & Grooming
    Besides being a good example of his breed, the show dog needs to be presented in the best possible manner.  This includes being well-trained and in excellent condition.  The potential show dog needs to learn how to be groomed, stacked, examined, baited and gaited.  We will also discuss diet, conditioning and exercise.  After our discussion, there will be a hands-on portion where we go through an actual handling class.

Those Paperwork Things
    How do you find out about dog shows? How do you fill out an entry form? What happens after you fill the entry form out?  What do you do if you make a mistake and don’t find it out until after the close of entries? How do you read a judging schedule? What happens if you enter the wrong class? How do you keep track of your show records?
Handouts will include a sample entry form for both AKC and CKC shows, listing of superintendents who service our area, sample show record sheet and more.  We will also do a “pretend” dog shows, starting with an entry form to the actual “show”.  This exercise helps to understand the actual
What past participants have to say... 
...the seminar was great and the handouts, especially the booklet, were super! Certainly "got my monies worth". 
...I found the written materials especially helpful. A very worthwhile seminar for the newbie! 
...I wish that I had done this months ago, it would have made my first couple of dog shows so much more enjoyable. 
...your handling session is far superior to any handling class. Thank you for a WONDERFUL experience. Ann
...this was a great experience for me and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to spend time with somebody
who is very much respected as a breeder/handler. Devon Balocco 
...Thank you, it was very helpful and I felt I learned a lot. There is a lot to try to put together in two short days :). Kim
...The single most helpful topic was the detail of keeping points and how to show your dog once in the ring. Karen
...The handouts were extremely detailed and informative. Anne Jacobson

Topics Include
· Dog shows-what are they?
· The different types of dog shows.
· What criteria must a show dog meet?
· Registration issues and questions.
· What are the requirements for an AKC and CKC Championship?
· What are the different ways points are determined?
· Common questions on show rules and regulations.
· How to find out about upcoming shows.
· How to enter dog shows.
· Ring attire and equipment.
· Much more information, followed by a questions and answer session.
· Review of show ring procedure.
· “Pretend” dog show, using various different scenarios to figure out procedure and how
to calculate points.
· “Hands on” handling class session.
Handouts include
· Sample of AKC and CKC entry forms.
· Sample of show record form.
· Form to request an ERN from the CKC.
· Instruction manual.

Registration Information
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Cost: $75.00  Pre-registration required
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (approximate)
Place: Ferndale, WA
A registration form can be obtained by calling 360-380-1356 or emailing You may also use the form at the bottom of this page.
Class size is limited, so pre-registration is strongly recommended.  Payment is required with your registration form.  Payment can be made by check or by PayPal (go to  If you choose to pay by PayPal, please add a $5.00 service fee.
Upon receipt of your registration, a confirmation letter will be sent giving you the class schedule, driving directions, items to bring, area motels that accept dogs, and other information.
People attending this class should plan on bringing their own dog for the “hands-on” session. If needed, a loaner dog may be available.
Space is limited so there are no provisions for non-enrollees. 
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Registration, with payment, should be sent to:
Georgia Hymmen
c/o DO
P O Box 803
Lynden, WA 98264

The seminar booklet may be purchased individually for $10.00 plus shipping.

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