Dog Show Handling

Our confirmation classes are instructed by top trainer Bill Guappone of Merry Music Beagles. Bill has been involved with All Breed showing since 1982 and has finished over 30 AKC Show Champions in his breed, which is the Beagle. Further, he has taught handling classes for over 19 years and many of his students have finished their breed to AKC Championships and Grand Championships. This class is open to all AKC recognized breeds.

Prior to joining the class, Nemacolin Wooflands requires a health record on file. The class meets every Wednesday evening from 7:30 - 8:30 pm from May through December. During January through April, the class meets on Sunday from 1:30 - 2:30 pm. Bill utilizes group and individual instruction throughout the class. All classes have students with varying degrees of experience, including beginners, so instruction will be addressed accordingly. Camaraderie among the students in the classes is excellent.

Classes are $15.00 per class or you may purchase 6 classes for $76.00.

Some of Bill’s most notable dogs include:

  • GCH Merry Music Feeling The Love (Emily). Emily was Best 13” Puppy in Sweeps at the 2012 National Beagle Club Specialty in Aldie, VA. The following day she was Reserve Winners Female from 72 total entries.
  • In 2014, Ch. Merry Music Walking In Rhythm (Hawk) was 13” Winners Dog at the National Beagle Club Specialty in Wisconsin.
  • In 2015, GCh Merry Music Chains of Love (Link) was awarded Best Of Breed in Sweepstakes from 100+ entries at the National Beagle Club Specialty, Purina Farms complex. Link was bred last year to “Miss P”, GCh Tashtins Looking For Trouble, producing 5 beautiful puppies. Miss P was awarded Best In Show at the 2014 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Recently, Bill was elected to judge the National Beagle Club Specialty Sweepstakes in 2019. To learn more about Bill and his dogs, please visit For more information or to register for this ongoing handling class, please contact Nemacolin Wooflands Pet Resort & Spa at 724.329.9663.